House Republican’s oversight plan: Investigate bailouts, stimulus, healthcare

September 21, 2010 06:21

Issa, the top Republican on the panel, would have subpoena power — something he doesn’t enjoy now. Issa has irritated House Democrats with his aggressive style, and political analysts say an Issa chairmanship would likely be a nightmare for the Obama administration.

By Molly K. Hooper at The Hill


‘“Given the accelerated pace of federal dollars going into the bureaucracy, the pace of oversight must also keep up with that,” Republican committee aide Kurt Bardella said.’

‘Issa has the largest budget of any Republican in the lower chamber except Minority Leader John Boehner’s (Ohio) office. If Issa became chairman, his staff would likely double in size. In May of last year, Issa had 37 staffers.’

‘“There’s no doubt that he’s partisan. I think Democrats minimize his work as just being partisan, but I firmly believe that he is genuine in his interest in good government and transparency. I think he would be really aggressive,” Brian added.’


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