Dec 5, 2013
Grayson Passes Corporate Accountability Amendments
Posted on Jun 8, 2013
In early June, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson tacked a “corporate death penalty” provision onto two House-approved federal spending bills that would withhold government funds from contractors who break the law.
“These amendments say that government contractors who lie, cheat, and steal will now get the death penalty,” Democrat Grayson wrote in an email to his supporters. “If you cheat the taxpayer, you’re toast. If you evade Federal taxes, it’s all over. If you rig bids or forge documents, goodbye to you. No more government contracts. And for government contractors, cutting off government money is a death sentence.”
In the letter, Grayson was cheeky about how he got a Republican-controlled House of Representatives to pass the amendments. “I have a secret recipe for getting things done,” he wrote. “It’s called ‘trying.’ And it actually works.”
Of course, the amendments will be meaningful only if the Justice Department is willing to prosecute corporations that break the rules of their contract, and the public can’t be sure of that. Still, the amendments look set to enter the books. If they do, a legal justification would exist for prosecuting any business that breaks the rules laid down in those bills.
This is piecemeal legislation. It’s a start at holding corporations that do business with the government accountable. In the same email, Grayson vowed to attach “this corporate death penalty amendment to every bill [he] can.”
Here’s the text of the amendment:
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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