Congressman Ron DeSantis

Representing the 6th District of Florida
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Rep. DeSantis Statement on Purchase of Televisions for Guantanamo Bay

Jul 17, 2013
Blog Post

Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel apologized to DOD civilian employees for his furlough policy. He told a group at NAS Jacksonville that if he could have done something different, he would have.

Today, news reports show that the Army recently spent more than $80,000 buying TVs for the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. According to CNS News:

"Just two days after the Pentagon began furloughing hundreds of thousands of civilian personnel due to budget cuts, the Army ordered its second batch of televisions for the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, an expense totaling more than $80,000 in the last two months.

The Army’s Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC) procured a $62,125 contract for television/DVD player combos on May 30. The award went to Intech, Inc., a Government Services Administration (GSA) approved vendor.

A second contract, announced on July 11, allots $18,981.25 for TV sets and TV mounts. This award was given to Digital Plaza Direct, the 'electronics company of choice for all federal and local government purchasers.'"

This does not reflect well on the Department of Defense. If money is tight it goes without saying that the first thing to go should be expenses that are unnecessary and/or extraneous.