Congress Fired Up Over Massive DHS Ammo Purchases

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been buying up massive amounts of ammunition and Americans are wondering why.

Congress is also inquisitive, which has led to House of Representatives investigating the issue on Thursday.

For months the internet has been ablaze with rumors about the government buying up ammunition. Federal officials have denied any stockpiling, even as they continue to purchase hundreds of millions of rounds.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Republicans are looking for answers because, at the very least, they want to prevent government waste.

"As we've seen Homeland Security currently has on inventory 260 million rounds of ammunition," Chaffetz said. "It is entirely inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition."

"Their officers used what seems to be an exorbitant amount of ammunition," Chaffetz argued.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security said there's nothing unusual going on.

Nick Nayak, chief  procurement officer, said, "The second assertion is that we're stockpiling ammunition - simply not true."

"Recent purchases of ammunition will not create shortages and restrict the supply of ammunition available to the public," he said.

Despite what some is calling a viable defense, Chaffetz said it's shocking that DHS agents would need three times more ammunition per year than the average US soldier does.

"Homeland Security officers used roughly a thousand rounds more per person than the average Army officer," he said.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said the questions surrounding that issue highlight another problem. He says DHS hasn't been clear and open with the American people.

"When you do the numbers, 1,300 rounds per DHS employee, per year; and, you compare it to our soldiers in uniform in the U.S. Army... 347 rounds per soldier per year, you've got a credibility problem," Jordan said.

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