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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Request for a Congressional Investigation into the Activities of US Senator of California Dianne Feinstein

On Wednesday, March 28, 2007, on the Michael Savage National Talk Radio Show, Dr. Savage focused on an article entitled “Feinstein Resigns,” from metroactive.com. According to the article, US Senator of California Dianne Feinstein resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON).  For six years, Senator Feinstein served as chairperson and ranking member of MILCON.  However, the articled stated that a conflict of interest occurred because of her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors which were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Senator Feinstein.

The senator was privileged to the details of military construction as MILCON leader, and micromanaged one project at the level of its sewer design. Also, to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp. regularly took trips to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects.

The article recommends that it should be determined if Senator Feinstein resigned as a result of an article entitled Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict or of it was the result of her husband Mr. Blum divesting ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005.

The article states that MILCON also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. The horrors of deficient medical care for Iraq war veterans was exposed by the online magazine Salon.com two years prior to the Washington Post  involvement exposing the problems.  Senator Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care problems while leading MILCON but took no actions. According to the article it alludes to the possibility that Senator Feinstein decided to resign from MILCON to disassociate herself from the incredible failures of MILCON to provide for wounded soldiers medical care.

Furthermore, it said in the article that Senator Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, or as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also, it was said in the article as the Department of Veterans Affairs' system of medical care for veterans collapsed on Senator Feinstein's watch, Mr. Blum held (and still holds) large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Three corporations in which Mr. Blum's financial entities own a total of $1 billion in stock won considerable favor from the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs as of December 2006, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and  http://www.fedspending.org/ :

1. Eighty-five percent of the contracts were awarded without the benefit of competition to Boston Scientific Corporation: $17.8 million for medical equipment and supplies.

2. Twenty-eight percent of the contracts noncompetitively awarded to Kinetic Concepts Inc.: $12 million, medical equipment and supplies.

3. To lease office space to the Department of Veterans Affairs CB Richard Ellis: The Blum-controlled international real estate firm holds congressionally funded contracts. Also, in redeveloping military bases turned over to the private sector it is involved.

 A Congressional investigation should be conducted to determine the validity of these two articles:

1.      Feinstein  Resigns

2.      Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict

Furthermore, it should be determined if US Senator Dianne Feinstein had any involvement in determining that her husband Richard C. Blum be awarded the various contracts stated in the articles; and to determine if Senator Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care problems faced by US Military personal and if so why she did not act to expose these inadequacies.

What Can You Do?  

Contact your representative and senators and send them the two articles:

1.      Feinstein  Resigns

2.      Senator Feinstein's Iraq Conflict

Request that an immediate congressional investigation be conducted to determine if inappropriate actions were taken by US Senator of California Dianne Feinstein .

Contact Information:      

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's and senator's  office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html    

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.    

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm

Addressing Correspondence:  

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515    

Dear Representative (last name):  

Addressing Correspondence:   

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510  

Dear Senator (last name):  

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