McHenry blocks Barney Frank testimony on Dodd-Frank
Oversight business will kick off after the recess tomorrow morning with a hearing on whether Dodd-Frank reforms of the financial sector have effectively ended 'too big to fail.' Stirring up the necessary acrimony and controversy, subcommittee chair Patrick McHenry refused to allow Barney Frank -- namesake of the legislation -- to appear at the hearing. McHenry, incidentally, has received major campaign funding from the banking and insurance industries and been called out for conflicts of interest after investigating banker bonuses after accepting contributions from Countrywide.
Late last week, we at IssaWatch were fortunate to meet Rena---a mother, and small business owner, and one of the hundreds of thousands of CA-49 residents that Darrell Issa has not asked to help determine the priorities of the House Government Oversight Committee.
CREW releases responses to Issa
CREW today continued it's great work to assemble all the responses to Darrell Issa's infamous letter, running their tally up to 33 letters. Included in the letters are particularly long, wide-ranging responses from a pair of conservative think tanks that have been generously supported by the Koch Brothers- the Mercatus Center and the Heritage Foundation.
Issa votes to revoke health care, schedules first hearing
As expected, the new Republican majority in the House voted today to repeal last year's comprehensive health care reforms. Darrell Issa, along with every other Republican, voted for the repeal that would negatively impact hundreds of thousands in his district and knowing full well the repeal can't possible get through the Senate and the White House.
GOP wastes time on health care, Issa ignores district
Although delayed a week due to the tragic shooting in Arizona, the new GOP majority in the House is back in action today with the first item of business- repealing the comprehensive health care reform that was passed last year. Darrell Issa is among those Republican House members who has opposed health care reform from the beginning, and he's made no bones about his desire to repeal it from the day it passed. In fact, in June he did vote to repeal it, though then the attempt failed in a Democratic House.
It’s been a busy week already
It's been a busy new year already for Darrell Issa as he gets set up at the Oversight Committee. He started with a tour of the Sunday talk shows, walking back some particularly incendiary comments he made to Rush Limbaugh in October. But when then didn't work out quite as effectively as he'd hoped, he went back to CNN yesterday to backpedal further and argue over the meaning of the word "corrupt."