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Cole Co-Sponsors Czar Accountability Act

September 10, 2009
Press Release

Congressman Calls for More Accountability in Presidential Appointments

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) recently cosponsored legislation calling for more transparency in Presidential appointments.  Specifically, Cole cosponsored H.R. 3226, the "Czar Accountability and Reform Act of 2009," introduced by Representative Jack Kingston (GA-01).  If passed, funding will be withheld from any task force, council, or czar that is not confirmed by the Senate.

"The President has appointed dozens of czars since coming into office," Congressman Cole said.  "The words 'advice and consent of the Senate' from Article II, Section 2 of our Constitution should not be taken lightly.  But the vast majority of these individuals have not undergone Senate hearings and confirmation.  Despite this fact, they have been given considerable salaries, staff, and budgets for travel and office expenses.  This duplicative government is wasteful, unaccountable and should be brought to an end."