Krieger and Reese Introduce Stimulus Oversight Legislation
4/21/2009

To ensure that the people of the Commonwealth have the opportunity to consider the obligation they will be asked to shoulder as a result of the acceptance of federal tax dollars, Reps. Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland) and Mike Reese (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today introduced House Bill 992.

“Our legislation will help ensure that there is oversight of how state agencies spend monies received from the federal stimulus fund, and that those monies are spent wisely, for the benefit of the citizens of this Commonwealth as a whole, not just for a privileged few,” said Krieger. “If these monies are not spent wisely, or spent to benefit only the few, we may well suffer fiscally for years to come.”
 
House Bill 992 would require every state agency to notify the General Assembly of its eligibility for and intent to request funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and would prohibit the governor or state agency from applying or receiving any funding under ARRA without legislative approval confirming the present status of the law.
 
“This oversight of the stimulus funding is badly needed,” said Reese. “I am pleased to join with my colleague in this legislative effort. There is a reason why we have three branches of government, and this bill would effectively provide the proper mechanism to see to it that the people of Pennsylvania get the best result.”
 
House Bill 992 will now be assigned to committee for consideration.
 
Rep. Tim Krieger
57th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(724) 834-6400
Contact: Jennifer Dysinger
jdysinge@pahousegop.com
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 787-9105
Member Site: RepKrieger.com
Rep. Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(724) 423-6503
Member Site: RepReese.com
Caucus Site: PaHouseGOP.com