The Senate decided today that it was time to close to a decade-old, $20 million investigation of former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros — years after Cisneros received a presidential pardon.
The amendment to a spending bill, approved by voice vote, would require that the report of Independent Counsel David Barrett be made public within 60 days, and that the independent counsel close his office within 90 days after the report is published.
"The American taxpayers have spent a lot of money on this report and they deserve the right to see it," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, author of the measure.
The circumstances surrounding the Cisneros investigation are "all gone but the independent counsel is still working 11 years later," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who earlier this year was unsuccessful in trying to cut off spending for the probe.
The Cisneros provision would become law only if the House, which passed a different version of the spending bill, agrees.