GOP Launches Site to Track Federal Spending

Posted August 13, 2009 at 11:44am

The House Republican Conference launched a Web site Thursday to help the public and the press keep track of the billions of taxpayer dollars spent each year on government projects.

Republican Conference Vice Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) told reporters that she hoped the site,, would become the “Google for major government spending programs— and a go-to for those who wish to monitor where money from costly legislation, such as the stimulus bill and the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is being spent.

McMorris Rodgers said the site would also track projects earmarked through the annual appropriations process.

Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, praised the site as a “one-stop shop area and a great tool for everyone to use.—

“We are just here to endorse it and to tell folks to use it,— she said.

McMorris Rodgers said the data for the site was aggregated from public sources and government sites.

While the House Republican Conference and Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office funded the site’s production, McMorris Rodgers said she hoped it would become a resource for both sides of the aisle.

“Transparency is a bipartisan issue,— she said.