Republicans target abuse in judicial system

Grassley first introduced the Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act in 2011, but it never reached the Senate floor for a vote, nor did it pick up any co-sponsors. Sensenbrenner’s companion House bill had the same fate in 2011.

“During the past fiscal year, Congress appropriated nearly $7 billion in taxpayer money to the federal judiciary. To put this in context, the National Science Foundation, the Small Business Administration, and the Corporation for National and Community Service each received a similar or less amount,” Grassley said.

“Yet all three of these entities have an Office of Inspector General. If we in Congress believed that these entities could use an inspector general, I cannot see why the judiciary wouldn't deserve the same assistance.”