Thursday, May 25, 2006
The confirmation of David Paulison to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency hit an unexpected snag Wednesday at his Senate confirmation hearing over three years of "questionable" deductions on his tax returns. The committee and FEMA have not released details about the deductions. AP reports:
At issue are Paulison's tax returns from 2003 to 2005, on which he claimed deductions for what FEMA spokesman Aaron Walker described as "living expenses." Collins said they were travel expenses. It was not immediately known how much the deductions were worth, and lawmakers and Senate aides refused to discuss the returns in detail, citing confidentiality concerns.