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Graves, Comer launch probe into infrastructure spending


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) have asked White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu to submit all documents and communications related to the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signed by President Joe Biden in November.

Graves and Comer said in a letter to Landrieu that they're seeking the information to ensure that funds in the new law "are not being fraudulently or wastefully spent."

The high amount of funding called for under the law "creates opportunities for wasteful spending; steers funding away from traditionally Republican-led states and rural America; and lacks a sufficient, qualified workforce to complete the projects," the congressmen said in a press release.

The Biden administration has spent more than $3.3 trillion since taking office in January 2021, with $1.9 trillion being spent under the American Rescue Plan Act, Graves and Comer noted.

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