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#SubCommTech Chair Blackburn Comments on GAO Lifeline Report

Jun 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement after Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing waste, fraud, and abuse within the FCC’s Lifeline program.

“While the Lifeline program is important to working toward universal connectivity and for those most in need across the country, today’s GAO report confirms what we’ve long been saying here at the committee – there’s serious issues with waste, fraud, and abuse within the Lifeline program,” said Chairman Blackburn. “We must ensure that the program is helping those who are truly in need while minimizing the burden on those that fund the program. Today’s report makes it clear that the previous administration’s oversight of the program fell short and more needs to be done. We will continue to review the details and maintain oversight over the program.”