House lawmakers voted this week to disallow the Department of Homeland Security to enter new contracts for the purchase of millions of rounds of ammunition until DHS can explain to Congress why it needs so much ammo, and how much it is costing American taxpayers.
The move was included in the 2014 spending bill for DHS via an amendment proposed by Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). The lawmaker called the amendment a necessary legislative reaction to news of DHS’s plans to purchase ion excess of 1.1 billion of rounds of ammunition.
“Given this large purchase, the American people and members of Congress rightfully had concerns and questions,” Meadows said. “This is a responsible amendment which ensures that Congress and the American people are aware of the necessity and the cost of ammunition prior to entering into new contracts for procurement.”
The amendment would not impede current ammo purchase contracts, but bars further contracts until DHS officials report to Congress.