The House overwhelmingly passed a measure Tuesday that would prohibit “war profiteering” by contractors.
The bill (
“There have been no statutes prohibiting sleazy practices by American contractors overseas,” said Abercrombie.
Supporters countered that contractors can only be convicted if they are proven to have had an intent to defraud.
“Those are high standards,” said
The measure is the latest in a series of Democratic actions to highlight corruption in U.S. and Iraqi contracting.
Last week, the House passed a bill (
Abercrombie has said his measure, too, was meant to clarify legal gray areas that have hampered prosecution of contractors in Iraq.
The measure would create a criminal penalty of up to 20 years in prison for knowingly defrauding the U.S. government to make excess profits. It also would establish a fine of $1 million or twice the gross profits of the contract, whichever is greater.
The bill was considered under suspension of the rules, which bars amendments, limits debate and requires a two-thirds majority for passage.
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