Senators Ask Bush to Act on Afghan IG

U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit leave in convoy from a forward operating base in southern Afghanistan Monday April 28, 2008. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
CBS News producer Laura Strickler wrote this for
US Senators who pushed for a new Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) are growing impatient. The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin D- Mich. and Frank Lautenberg D-NJ sent a letter today to the White House demanding the job be filled. The deadline was February 28, 2008.

The Senators' letter reads, "We are requesting that you immediately act to fill the position." Lautenberg added, "President Bush needs to comply with our new law and appoint a special inspector general so Americans can finally get the accountability they deserve."

Congress has provided over $22 billion in funding for Afghanistan reconstruction but while attention has been focused on Iraq audits, funding for Afghanistan has received less scrutiny.

Laura Strickler