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This report on private contracting begins, 'One of the first companies to receive a contract for reconstruction work in Iraq was Halliburton, a Texas-based company that provides services to the oil and gas industry and that has a long history of close ties to high-ranking government officials. Those ties have included the late President Lyndon Johnson and the current Vice President Dick Cheney, a former CEO of Halliburton.'
This Common Cause report chronicles a series of incidents, large and small, that add up to a consistent effort by the Administration and Congressional leadership to bypass or undermine the rules and laws that are in place to ensure that our government works in an open and accountable manner and that all voices are heard on critical public policy issues. This report looks at the passing of the Medicare bill in particular.