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"We just can't take it anymore," says Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland). "Let us defend the employees who are good and hard workers at the General Services Administration, but not to defend this kind of garbage that's a waste of taxpayer money."
Since Las Vegas, Congress has learned the GSA spent $20,000 on drumsticks at one recent conference and another $20,000 on cooking classes for its people at another. House lawmakers who convened this hearing are hot.
"If you can't handle conference and bonuses, how do you expect that Congress is going to allow you to handle billions of dollars worth of leases?" says Rep. Jeff Denham (R-California).
Which brings us to the 3-day conference going on now at Gaylord Opryland. The GSA tells FOX17 NEWS the so-called "Smart Pay" conference, which is designed to improve management of the government charge card program, is essential. In the bigger picture, lawmakers say this department's numbers just don't add up.
"GSA has 1% of the employees of the federal government. 1%," says Rep. John Mica (R-Florida). "And they received 10% of the bonuses, to show you how dramatically out of kilter this is."
The GSA tells FOX17 it has cancelled 37 conferences. As many as 77 others are now under review by the Inspector General. The conference being held here was in Las Vegas last year. It cost the taxpayers over $830,000.
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Arrest made in fatal shooting in Memphis
May 23, 2013 19:55 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding another.
The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/188G97s ) reports that 21-year-old Setric Hall has been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, attempted second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony.
He's being held in the Shelby County Jail.
Police say the shootings occurred Wednesday night. Officers found a 26-year-old man on the floor with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead there, and later identified as Devin Cox.
A few minutes later, officers responded to another location, where they found a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
Police believe that Hall was trying to shoot his girlfriend when the 22-year-old man intervened.
The girlfriend was not injured.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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