The proposed budget for John Kerry’s climate secretariat came in at $16.5 million and it was “probably more than that,” a Congressman who studied the line item says.
That figure, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said, is “10 times” more than what’s doled out to “elected officials,” but the details of Kerry’s office from his pay on down remain a secret.
Roy called Kerry’s stance on energy policies as gas prices soar “absolute absurdity” and added during an interview on the Howie Carr Show Thursday that he wants to defund the climate office and has filed a “No Taxpayer Funds for Czars Act.”
“We need to know what John Kerry is doing,” Roy added when asked what he thought of Kerry’s refusal to share with the Herald details of who is in his office.
Climate czar says he’ll respond to @bostonherald #FOIA by October of 2024 … that’s not a typo! So #Fox was kind enough to ask about it. Kerry’s lack of transparency is galling! https://t.co/edXIR2ft4g
— Joe Dwinell (@joedwinell) June 23, 2022
“Show us his calendar, speeches, we need that kind of transparency,” he added, saying Kerry is probably also “piggybacking off the State Department” to fly all over the world on climate trips.
As the Herald has reported, Kerry has been called out repeatedly for his “cowardice and negligence” for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for details of his climate office.
Kerry’s FOIA office said not to expect any listing of who is on his staff and how much they are paid until October of 2024.
But Roy said that could change quickly if Republicans win back the majority in the U.S. House and subpoena Kerry to a hearing where he could be grilled on the inner workings of his office.
“Why are you funding this garbage with John Kerry?” Roy said. “We need to know what John Kerry is doing … but we know he’s flying around the world in private jets.”