What to expect with Republican oversight

January 12, 2011 17:25

Obama administration figures who haven’t done their jobs or have not enforced laws properly should take the hint. They might just want to spruce up their resumes and move on before their misdeeds and failings are displayed on C-SPAN.

By Jennifer Rubin at Washington Post


Democrats and liberal pundits have been complaining about the investigations planned by Republican House chairmen, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.). But, in fact, Issa’s list is limited to substantive matters, including corruption in Afghanistan. Last week Politico reported:

Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high-profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress.

According to an outline of hearing topics obtained by POLITICO, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is also planning to investigate how regulation affects job creation, the roles of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis, recalls at the Food and Drug Administration and the failure of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to agree on the causes of the market meltdown.

And, lo and behold, the mere threat of serious oversight hearings and the application of bipartisan pressure may have brought about results:


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