Meeting the subcommittee chairs
More housekeeping: Darrell Issa began rolling out subcommittee chairmanships last week
, further clarifying what the Oversight Committee will look like for the next two years. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) will take on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations. Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) will handle Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending. And Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10) will take the reigns on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs.
The three subcommittee chairs are young- all under 50- and relatively new to Congress, entering their second, third and fourth terms respectively. We'll be getting to know them well in the coming months, so let's get the brief introductions out of the way:
Jason Chaffetz, handling security and foreign affairs, will perhaps most notably be in a position to examine new TSA screening procedures. He's been an early and outspoken critic of the new measures. He's also been helping Issa recently in speaking out against unions, environmental protection, and "trivial resolutions"... at least ones that provide an opportunity to take pot shots at Democratic organizations
Jim Jordan, working on stimulus and government spending, has raked in more campaign funding
from the manufacturing and distributing sector than any other source. Meanwhile, defense contractor General Dynamics and bailout beneficiaries the National Auto Dealers Association hav been leading backers of his campaigns.
Patrick McHenry, handling the financial industry, has relied on the industry to fund his Congressional career
. Bank of America and the American Bankers Association rank among McHenry's top five contributors, and Commercial Banks have ponied up more than $200,000 since McHenry's first campaign in 2004. He also drew attention from the Center for Responsive Politics
after accepting thousands from Countrywide Financial's PAC and then serving in an investigation into CEO payout fraud that included Countrywide. Perhaps he'll start by investigating his own conflicts of interest?