Bradley Byrne introduces bill to determine time, money ‘wasted’ by impeachment proceedings


Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate hopeful Bradley Byrne on Thursday introduced legislation to determine the true costs of the taxpayer-funded impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.

Dubbed, the SHAM Act, or the Statement of Harm to the American Majority, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an audit of the use of funds and loss of government productivity for both the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch due to the impeachment inquiry and trial of Trump. The audit must include costs, time spent, expenses, and estimations on the loss of productivity.

“Tragically, there was no bigger loser in the Democrats’ impeachment sham than the American people,” said Byrne. “The SHAM Act will determine the true costs of this taxpayer-funded political hit job that kept Congress from addressing real issues that actually matter to the American people. The American people deserve to see just how much time and money was wasted on this sham, so the Democrats can be held accountable for what they have done to our country.”

The bill, H.R. 5769, currently has 31 cosponsors including Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.