House panel plans hearing on withholding of transition funds
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A House panel plans to hold a hearing next week to make sure the government's decision to withhold transition funds from the Bush campaign was proper.
"We want to ensure that the Presidential Transition Act is properly
implemented and that an orderly transition takes place," said Rep. Steve Horn,
R-Calif., the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Management,
Information and Technology. "It is imperative that the new administration gets
off on the right foot."
Congress appropriated $7.1 million for the presidential transition when
it passed its last stopgap spending measure in early November. Most of that
money, $5.2 million, is for the incoming administration. The remaining $1.9
million is for the current administration to use to close up shop.
The General Services Administration, which manages the transition
process, denied the Bush campaign's request for funds and office space until
the contested election is resolved. Democrat Al Gore has not received any funds
The congressional hearing is scheduled for December 4 on Capitol