Also in the News: Republicans beef up House oversight panel
- By Brian Robinson
- Dec 18, 2008
As a Democratic president prepares to take charge in the White House,
and larger Democratic majorities are poised to exert their influence in
Congress, House Republicans are moving to strengthen their ability to
investigate cases of waste, fraud and abuse in the executive branch,
according to a Government Executive article
Darrell Issa of California, the newly elected ranking Republican on the
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has removed more than
one-third of the panel’s GOP staffers with the intention of replacing
them with people who have investigative backgrounds.
The move is
seen as a repeat of the model employed by Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman
of California, who successfully used his investigative staff to
highlight Bush administration failures during the years of strong
Republican House majorities, Government Executive said.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.