June 3rd, 2009
02:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Pelosi pushes to put House expense reports online

 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is directing that congressional expense reports be placed online.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is directing that congressional expense reports be placed online.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is directing that congressional expense reports be placed online, changing a laborious paper-only process that has been in place for more than 100 years.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the chief administrative officer of the House, Pelosi wrote that the current method "does not allow all interested parties to review the information" on how each representative uses expense money.

Currently, researchers must comb through huge volumes of paper expenditure reports, filed in varying methods depending upon the office.

The Democratic leader is not yet announcing a timeline. Instead she is pushing for an online expenditure process at "the earliest date."

This comes as members of the British Parliament are under heavy criticism after reports that they have used taxpayer dollars for personal expenditures, including moat cleanings and second homes.


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Karen - Missouri

    100 years???? Don't you think Pelosi is right and we should use a little more modern method??? What's taken so long to do this? If people don't know how to use a computer by now...well...retire

    June 3, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Jimmy the Greek

    England is ousting their spendthrift politicians.... what are Americans doing??

    Liberals are defending Obama's $24,000 dinner-date at the taxpayers expense calling it a "perk".

    Ramming pork-laden bills through congress without giving folks time to ACTUALLY read the bills.

    Promising $50 Billion in foreign aid while our debt and deficit balloon wildly.

    AMAZING when you consider England is much more liberal than America (historically). Well – I guess this is the "Change" Obama promised, eh?

    June 3, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. barry in las vegas

    This would be a great thing, but it will be a cold day in hell before the Congress goes along with an online – instant view of their expenses. They are afraid of the political fallout that is certain to occur.

    I wish she would also have all of the pork barrel stuff they stick in bills to hide them placed on-line as soon as they are requested so the public could see how they propose to waste our taxdollers before they actually do it and give us the chance to comment.

    Of course, neither one of these would happen in this "tranparent" administration.

    June 3, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Nancy Pelosi proposing something within the realm of common sense?

    Knock me over with a feather.

    June 3, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Yes Nancy, how much does it cost for the Air Force to fly you and your family and friend around the country? Let's see if that expense goes on-line.

    June 3, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Steph

    More transparency. Yes! Thank you Madame Speaker!

    June 3, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Jeff in Virginia

    How many stock photos do you have for this woman?

    I've seen this horrible picture at least five times.

    June 3, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Enough

    Why do these people have expense money?? We're in a recession they need to make cuts and quit wasting our hard earned dollars. Are her numerous private jet flights going to be listed? What about her facelifts, are we paying for those?

    June 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Dan

    Good Job Nancy.

    Keep it Up. You have our support.

    Keep the Republicans on the Run.

    Put Cheney and Bush in Jail.

    June 3, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. John

    Good for her. Now lets see what Newt says!

    June 3, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    Where is this liar's apology to the CIA? I don't care to hear anything she has to say until this is done.

    June 3, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Jose in McAllen Tx

    I'll believe it when I see it. I don't believe anything that comes out of this woman's mouth anymore. She made a serious charge against the CIA and now she doesn't want to talk about it anymore. Hmmm.....

    June 3, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. U gotta be kidding

    it's getting closer to election time. let the games begin.

    June 3, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. David

    Another example of her value add to this country!

    She is everything that is wrong with politics

    June 3, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Retroactive and Itemised

    The Washington Politicians including the Prez should think of themselves as the Nations salespeople same as in a company where
    the salespeople get reimbursed by handing in their expense acccount with receipts and all.....and only company business not personal...
    Pelosi should do by exsample and hand in expenses starting with the trip to Italy.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    Hypocritical Repukes and Dems waste money on the franking privilege sending us all junk mail at our expense so they can boost there name identification. In this way, we already have taxpayer-funding campaigns, but only for incumbents.

    June 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Retroactive and Itemised

    The Washington Politicians including the Prez should think of themselves as the Nations salespeople same as in a company where
    the salespeople get reimbursed by handing in their expense acccount with receipts and all.....and only company business not personal...
    Pelosi should do by exsample and hand in expenses starting with the trip to Italy.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...print out

    June 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Retroactive and Itemised

    The Washington Politicians including the Prez should think of themselves as the Nations salespeople same as in a company where
    the salespeople get reimbursed by handing in their expense acccount with receipts and all.....and only company business not personal...
    Pelosi should do by exsample and hand in expenses starting with the trip to Italy.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...print out..Cnn are you out of ink ?

    June 3, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Lawrence

    Forget about automation, let the public and the press have access to all the expense reports and the press will "automate" "summarize" and "publish" all the expenses - especially the $100,000 a week that Nancy pelosi spends to fly home on a fully staffed private military jet

    June 3, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. rick

    Its funny how Pelosi it trying to use this issue to get past her bizarre news conference where she blamed the CIA for lying to her.

    I would think issues of torture are more important than expense reports.

    June 3, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Reformed Republican

    GREAT IDEA! Do it – NOW!

    Hey "Jimmy the Geek"...How 'bout all them 6 week vacations by Bushie to clear shrubs – How much did all those trips cost Bozo? Whatta moron...

    June 3, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. makesUwonder

    Jimmy the Greek June 3rd, 2009 2:46 pm ET

    England is ousting their spendthrift politicians…. what are Americans doing??

    Liberals are defending Obama's $24,000 dinner-date at the taxpayers expense calling it a "perk".

    Ramming pork-laden bills through congress without giving folks time to ACTUALLY read the bills.

    Promising $50 Billion in foreign aid while our debt and deficit balloon wildly.

    AMAZING when you consider England is much more liberal than America (historically). Well – I guess this is the "Change" Obama promised, eh?
    ____________________________________________________________

    Jimmy the Creek..................Actually, I heard it cost the taxpayers 3 million for Obama's little date. By the time you had up all the expenses such as the Secret Service, the cost of AirForce 1 etc.etc. we American taxpayers get screwed one more time by this President. Of course Obama could care less. He shows that everyday he's in office. Ooooops, the Obama's did pay for the dinner and show out of their own pockets. WOW, how nice of them.

    June 3, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Brandon V in DFW

    @nicemove

    First you do realize that the CIA came out and said they cannot confirm who gave the briefing or the exact content of the briefing, right? And as many have said, being briefed on something is not the same as doing it, authorizing it, or manufacturing justification for it.

    @phoenix86

    You realize that Nancy never requested tax payer dollars for plane transport. That as 3rd in line to the presidency the speaker of the house whether dem or repub now gets this plane service. She stated she didn't want it, but the Secret Service and DOD overruled her.

    June 3, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    She should also push for the truth commission and the eventual trial of Cheney and his cohorts.

    June 3, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. mike

    Did she lie, or was it really the CIA? Oh, this is about something else.

    June 3, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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