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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  1. Angie in Pa

    But Nancy the Republicans are not up to the 21st century Tech, For gods sake their Canidate Mccain didnt even know how to use a Computer these Republicans Dont want to Modernize! They want to stay in the Stone ages why we the people and the Democrats Move on!

    June 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Had It

    I think we need an explanation of why the press get an expenses paid trip every time our elected officials go somewhere.

    Let them go commercial, or reimburse the taxpayers the cost of commercial. Our taxes should not be going to support the press.

    June 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. LIP

    Nancy Pelosi, expense account:
    1. Make sure husband makes at least $150k a year from contacts provided by me.
    2. Make sure that trip to italy is covered
    3. Make sure that air force plane is available for more trips and make darn sure it is ready when I want it or heads will fly.
    4. Make sure you deny again any lies you may have told about the CIA and related costs
    5. Make sure you accuse George W. of torturing those poor beheaders again along with related costs.
    And the list goes on and on and on....

    June 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Angie in Pa

    Newt will call for her to resign for this!

    June 3, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. single mom

    Britain is about to undergo a voter revolution because of Parliment's ridiculous and illegal expenses. Watch the results in tomorrow's council/district (our county/regional equivalent) Gordon Brown has little credibility left and is under heavy pressure to call a general election early in which ALL members of Parliament would have to stand for re-election.
    Pity we can't do that here. I have a feeling that, even though we went through it in November, the results would shock and confuse nearly every current member of Congress.
    I am impressed at the Speaker's suggestion. Or is this to distract from the CIA bit?

    June 3, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Osama Bin Laden

    This is pitiful that she is still Speker of the House.

    June 3, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    How about letting us see all of King Umbama's expense details? I bet we would be shocked.

    Yeah I know, Bush spent big too. So they are the same in that regard – that doesn't sound like a good thing to me.

    June 3, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Bill in Illinois

    This would be a really good idea if it included ALL expenses. Does anyone else get the feeling that "Nancy Pants" will find a way around reporting all the flights that she takes at taxpayer expense?

    It's just hard to believe that an idea that makes sense actually came from her.

    June 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. You sure you can keep this up for 4 years?

    Jimmy the Geek,

    I'm sorry, how much has the Iraq war cost us?

    Let's not forget you can't put a price on a human life(even when it's out of the womb) so I'm just asking dollar amount.

    Rabble....rabble rabble.

    3 years or listening to you whine to go.

    June 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Dave C - NJ

    Bush spent an lot of taxpayer money on his trips to his ranch.

    The President is not a prisoner. He should be allowed to travel and unfortunatley it costs a lot for him to do so. So yes, it's a perk. The guy needs down time. All presidents do, and all have done exactly the same thing in the past.

    June 3, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Pelosi should be pushing for an investigation into the sanctioning of torture. The Bush Administration should be brought up on war crimes
    DICK CHENEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL!
    We were sent to war under false circumstances!
    We should direct Eric Holder to bring charges against the Bush admin.
    It is pitiful that we have not brought The Bush Administration to justice.
    They sanctioned torture

    June 3, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Jeff in Virginia

    The "conservatives" in here attacking Obama's dinner date in New York are completely ignoring the 77 trips that Bush made to Crawford at an average price of $226,000 PER TRIP.

    Typical behavior coming from the right wing... It's OK If You're A Republican.

    June 3, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. makesUwonder

    Pelosi should be the poster child for the Democrats.

    June 3, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Enough

    She's just trying to distract our attention away from her accusations. This woman needs to retire!! Shouldn't there be an age limit?

    June 3, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. John

    There are alot of attacks on Pelosi here, but not one single person has actually stated a fact about anything she did wrong. Most of you that hate her, have no idea why. You all repeat the same tired old lines that have been discredited long ago. Not one person disagreed with the things this story is talking about, not one. Yet look at all the hate.

    June 3, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    John June 3rd, 2009 3:49 pm ET
    There are alot of attacks on Pelosi here, but not one single person has actually stated a fact about anything she did wrong. Most of you that hate her, have no idea why. You all repeat the same tired old lines that have been discredited long ago. Not one person disagreed with the things this story is talking about, not one. Yet look at all the hate
    -------------–
    John, you just stole my arguement about President Bush!

    June 3, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. G NO P

    phoenix86 June 3rd, 2009 2:50 pm ET

    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.

    You are an idiot. This was put into place after 9-11 when Dennis Hastert was speaker, and I'll bet you didn't have a problem with it then, did you? Being 3rd in the line of succession to the presidency, it was deemed appropriate (by the Bush administration) that the Speaker of the House have military transportation.

    June 3, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. LIP

    Kelbi
    Let's all hope that you or a loved one isn't captured by terrorists while vacationing. Do you think you will grovel on your knees begging for them to not cut off your head or the head of one of your loved ones? Do you think that after they have raped and tortured you and any female children, that they will dwell on any discomfort you may experience while they saw off your head? Perhaps they will offer you a stick to hold in your mouth just before they start. None of the people we extracted information from died from what we did.
    You liberal dimwits should get a life and leave our George alone.

    June 3, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. The Dude

    Obviously Speaker Pelosi has much less to hide than the Rethuglicans who will likely try to quash this.

    As far as the yapping about the expenses of the President, stop being such idiots! The President is required to maintain a certain level of security no matter where he goes. It is the price of being the president. Unless you can show me how frugal Bush was, just shut up.

    June 3, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    GOPers will fight this. Exposing their own use of House expense funds will ruin their attempts to paint her and other Dems as spendthrifts.

    June 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. makesUwonder

    Jeff in Virginia June 3rd, 2009 3:46 pm ET

    The "conservatives" in here attacking Obama's dinner date in New York are completely ignoring the 77 trips that Bush made to Crawford at an average price of $226,000 PER TRIP.

    Typical behavior coming from the right wing… It's OK If You're A Republican.
    ____________________________________________________________
    I'd rather have a president spend $226,000 (taxpayer money) per trip than 3 million (taxpayer money) per date night. Oh, and don't forget that waste of money photo op of AirForce 1 that cost the taxpayers $328.00.00. And a makeup artist for Mrs. Obama at cost of $100,000.00 (taxpayer money) per year. And the list goes on the way Obama spends and waste the taxpayers money, but I have to get back to work so I "can share the wealth".

    June 3, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank you Speaker Pelosi for making Congress step out of the 20th century.

    June 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. WonderfulWanda

    Why is it that companies see the future with online technology, but out congress missed this memo?

    This process should be made for public eyesights too. Especially when society is not trusting the old boy's club on the hill.

    June 3, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. M

    No matter what this administration does or does not do, the Dems and the main stream media will NEVER hold any of them accountable; especialy Obama. Libs are so into his celebrity status, they will follow him no matter what. Like Pelosi... libs will excuse anything she does or says because she has a D after her name. And they call republicans hypocrites!
    I'm sure my comment will not be posted....they never are!

    June 3, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom

    @ Phoenix 86 who wrote:

    June 3rd, 2009 2:50 pm ET
    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...
    _______________________________________________________

    Phoenix 86, you need to do some RESEARCH. Here are some FACTS:

    1. After September 11th, Dennis Hassert (R) Speaker of the House, decided that for his SAFETY he would fly home to Illinois on MILITARY PLANES!

    2. When Nancy Pelosi took over as Speaker of the House in ***2007*** the government continued to fly the Speaker of the House home, in her case to California, in Military planes!

    Do you get it now? Pelosi isn't squandering money, she is just continuing to do as the REPUBLICAN Speaker before did!

    It fries us, Liberals & Independents, when the GOP-ers, continue to LIE or tell half-truths!

    June 3, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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