Investigation finds government still spending during shutdown

Updated:

Loading
WASHINGTON —

A government shutdown doesn't mean government agencies have stopped spending.

Channel 2 Action News dug through government databases and discovered even though the federal government is supposed to be shut down, agencies have been spending money on things like trips to the movies and fancy office furniture.

The new movie "Gravity" looks good, but is it essential? An Ohio VA clinic put in a request since the shutdown for prepaid movie tickets.

"It really gives the American people the impression Washington doesn't understand what's going on," said Dan Holler with Heritage Action for America.

Holler said this kind of shutdown spending is out of line but a Channel 2 Action News investigation shows it's far from an isolated incident.

The Orlando VA Medical Center put in a request Monday for 71 office chairs. They have some specifics. They want graphite construction and gray mesh.

The Air Force is also still shopping for furniture. They're looking for several sets of laminate desks and hutches for an Ohio medical center

"They don't realize it's the taxpayers money and when taxpayers hear the word essential they're probably thinking FBI paying the troops making sure the nation is secure," Holler said.

You've probably seen the ads for language programs like Rosetta Stone on TV. Part of the U.S. Army in California is trying to create a program like that in-house, which they are trying to start that up while the government is shut down.

"The American people are tired of it. They want Washington to focus on solutions," Holler said.

Channel 2 Action News found dozens of purchase orders and request for bids still going out every day in every state, ever since the shutdown began.