Keyword: committee

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • There Are Still Groups That Can Probe Alleged Crimes by Members of Congress

    01/03/2017 8:18:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | January 3, 2017 10:12 AM | by JIM GERAGHTY
    Yes, the House is weakening the powers of an independent entity that was authorized to investigate allegations of wrongdoing... But keep some perspective: the Office of Congressional Ethics had two powers: the first was to issue those public reports — giving the accused member of Congress bad publicity. The second was to refer their findings to the House Ethics Committee, which could implement a more serious punishment, like fines and formal reprimands by the full House. Under the old system, the referrals went to the House Ethics Committee, consisting of five Democrats and five Republicans. Under the new system, the...
  • House panel looking into Reddit post about Clinton's email server

    09/19/2016 3:26:03 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/19/2016 | Katie Bo Williams
    The House Oversight Committee is reviewing a Reddit post that alleges an IT specialist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server sought advice on how to alter the contents of “VERY VIP” emails, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Meadows is the chairman of the panel’s Government Operations subcommittee. “The Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,” Meadows told The Hill. Reddit users appear to have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to Combetta, an...
  • DNC chair won't speak at Dem convention following Wikileaks fallout

    07/23/2016 9:02:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 136 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 23, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer, Eugene Scott and Jeff Zeleny
    The head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they...
  • Illinois Tollway Establishes Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    10/12/2015 7:49:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Downers Grove Patch ^ | September 24, 2015 | Morgan Searels and the Illinois Tollway
    Submitted by the Illinois Tollway. The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today announced it has created a new committee to guide the development of policies and programs that will continue to encourage and support the agency’s inclusion efforts in contracting, procurement of goods and services and workforce diversity. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will work to expand and increase the effectiveness of current Tollway efforts to offer small and veteran-owned firms and disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned businesses opportunities to compete for agency contracts and encourage all firms the agency does business with to hire more diverse workforces. “Establishing this new...
  • Ex-Nobel committee exec regrets Obama Peace Prize [Buyer's Remorse]

    09/17/2015 1:40:04 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 29 replies
    RT ^ | 9/17/2015 | Staff
    Former Secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee Geir Lundestad reportedly notes in his new book that the body “didn't achieve what it had hoped for” when it gave Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt and conferred the prestigious award on him in 2009. While it is quite rare for Nobel officials to openly discuss the nuts and bolts of their secretive committee, the former director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has apparently owned up in his memoir ‘Secretary of Peace’, to be released on Thursday, that the panel had expected the award to somewhat challenge Obama, who received...
  • Trump Leads Anti-Establishment Candidates to 60 Percent as Bush Crashes

    09/05/2015 10:31:34 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 38 replies ^ | Sept 4, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)14% wants Congress to shut down the Select Committee on Benghazi, now that Hillary Clinton’s emails are coming to light.
  • Benghazi Committee: The White House Is Still Stonewalling Us

    05/08/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/8/15 | Scott Greer
    The Select Committee on Benghazi released its interim report Friday, and while it documented the progress of the investigation into the terror attack, there apparently remains one problem — the White House’s refusal to fully cooperate with the committee. According to Republican South Carolina representative and committee chairman Trey Gowdy, the Obama administration is dragging its feet when it comes to releasing requested documents for the investigation. “This Committee has interviewed eyewitnesses never before interviewed, obtained tens-of-thousands of pages of documents never before provided, and reviewed new information central to the investigation such as FBI reports specific to the interrogation...
  • Benghazi Committee Member: We Will ‘Speak With’ Sidney Blumenthal

    04/01/2015 8:47:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/1/15 | Ian Hanchett
    Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), a member of the Benghazi Select Committee said that the committee will “speak with” Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” “We’ve got to ask a lot of folks a lot of questions. The Committee will also speak with Mr. Blumenthal. And we’ve got lots of other folks who we’re still pursuing, who may well have also had personal email accounts…It’s not just classified information. It is, there’s sensitive information that
  • BREAKING: Senate Committee Approves AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

    02/26/2015 3:00:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 2/26/15 | Katie Pavilich
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch. Her full confirmation vote is now headed to the full Senate. During her confirmation hearing earlier this month, Lynch expressed support for President Obama's executive amnesty. She also said she believes illegal immigrants have a right to work in the United States. "Senator, I think the right and obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here and certainly if someone is here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the work place...
  • Select Committee on Benghazi Holds Second Hearing

    12/11/2014 4:44:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/11/14 | Roll Call
    Streamed live on Dec 10, 2014 The House Select Committee on Benghazi holds its second hearing, titled "Reviewing Efforts to Secure U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel." The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Read more: Website: http://www.rollcall.comFollow us: us: Category News & Politics
  • Top Democrat Admits: Not One Member Of House Rules Committee Actually Read Omnibus Bill

    12/10/2014 5:56:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/10/14 | Matthew Boyle
    House Rules Committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) admitted at the opening of the House Rules Committee hearing on Speaker John Boehner’s 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that nobody had actually read the bill before the hearing. “There’s some things I think I really have to say about this, mostly process, 1,600 pages right here” Slaughter said as she gestured toward the bill. “Released in the middle of the night. Not one member of the committee has been able to read all the way through it or anything of it, I suppose. No opportunity for public input. No hearings....
  • Breaking Down the 2014 Republican Wave (Chairmanships)

    11/06/2014 8:41:04 AM PST · by Viennacon · 12 replies
    So who’s going to be in charge come January? New leadership means new committee chairs. Here is a list of the potential Senate Committee chairmen or chairwomen in the next session of Congress: ----- Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry: Pat Roberts (Kan.) Appropriations: Thad Cochran (Miss.) Armed Services: John McCain (Ariz.) Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs: Richard Shelby (Ala.) Budget: Jeff Sessions (Ala.) Commerce, Science, Transportation: John Thune (S.D.) Energy & Natural Resources: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) Environment & Public Works: Jim Inhofe (Okla.) Finance: Orrin Hatch (Utah) Foreign Relations: Bob Corker (Tenn.) Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions: Mike Enzi (Wyo.) Homeland...
  • ICYMI: Trey Gowdy Destroys Director of Secret Service Over 2011 Shooting Incident

    10/01/2014 5:52:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | October 1, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday Secret Service Director Julia Pierson fielded questions from furious and skeptical lawmakers after a number of serious failures by the agency to properly protect the President. Pierson started her testimony by saying she "takes full responsibility" for the failures, especially the most recent incident of fence jumper Omar Gonzales making it all the way inside the White House, but failed to answer a number of questions. Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy questioned Pierson on a shooting incident that occurred at the White House in 2011. Pierson failed to provide adequate answers as to why that incident was first classified as simply...
  • VA Committee Chairman Calls for Shinseki’s Immediate Resignation

    05/28/2014 12:04:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/28/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) called for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki following an inspector general report Wednesday that confirmed allegations of hidden wait times at a Phoenix VA hospital. The VA Inspector General reported Thursday that more than 1,700 veterans at the Phoenix hospital were kept on unofficial wait lists that hospital leadership used to hide true wait times from officials in Washington. More than 40 veterans allegedly died due to delays in care at the facility. The report follows allegations of similar practices at VA hospitals around the country in what has...
  • Vulnerable (exempt) Democrats Vote for Benghazi Committee

    05/08/2014 5:26:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 5/08/14 | Abby Livingston
    **SNIP** Those Frontline members, with their Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race ratings, are: •Rep. Ron Barber of Arizona (Tossup) •Rep. John Barrow of Georgia (Leans Democratic) •Rep. Patrick Murphy (Leans Democratic) •Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II of West Virginia (Tossup) •Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat Favored)
  • U.S. House committee subpoenas Kerry over Benghazi (BenghaziGate 'Lurching' toward a conclusion?)

    05/02/2014 8:55:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/14 | Patricia Zengerle - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 public hearing concerning the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Friday. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the panel wanted Kerry to answer questions about the State Department's response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. Issa, a Republican, said the State Department has not fully complied with previous subpoenas for documents related to the attack. The Benghazi attack has become...
  • Wolf to Boehner: Time For A Benghazi Special Committee Yet?

    04/30/2014 4:53:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 4/30/14 | Matthew Boyle
    A newly released “smoking gun” Benghazi email – which was improbably obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and not via the numerous but uncoordinated congressional investigations into the issue – underscores the need for a special committee to investigate the matter, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said in a new letter. “Yesterday, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch released a new set of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request directly tying senior White House officials to inaccurate messaging about the deadly terror attacks in Benghazi,” Wolf wrote in a letter to Speaker John Boehner.
  • Oversight committee votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

    04/10/2014 2:32:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/10/14 | Christopher Bedford
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted on Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The committee’s approval paves the way for a vote in the full House of Representatives. Lerner is accused of leading an effort to target the tax status of conservative organizations, while giving liberal organizations a pass. Lerner previously pled the Fifth Amendment when questioned by the committee on May 22, 2013. The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination. But since Lerner had previously professed her innocence in a statement, a little over one month later the committee voted that...
  • New head of Senate Energy Committee (exempt Landrieu) has environmentalists seeing red

    02/13/2014 3:40:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/12/14 | Steven Mufson
    **SNIP** Landrieu favors building the Keystone XL pipeline, protecting tax breaks or incentives for oil drilling, and placing limits on the power of federal agencies to set mercury or carbon dioxide guidelines for coal-fired power plants. Wyden takes the opposite position on all those issues. Landrieu supports giving oil companies the right to export crude oil as well as natural gas, while Wyden, who before becoming chairman introduced a bill to block natural gas exports, does not have a public position on crude oil exports. The Louisiana Democrat helps maintain the Democrats’ majority in the Senate, but she is closer...
  • (Exempt) Mary Landrieu gets powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair

    02/11/2014 4:02:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 2/11/14
    **SNIP** “I am excited and honored to lead this committee that is so critical to Louisiana and the nation’s economic vitality, job creation and energy security. I’m humbled to be a part of the long list of pro-energy senators from both parties who have led this committee with strength, vision and distinction, including one of Louisiana’s finest, J. Bennett Johnston “During the coming weeks and months, I will remain focused on moving an agenda forward that is inclusive, bipartisan and focused on the job creation that America needs and wants. Everything we do will be part of helping to build...
  • Dem Rep. Sent Three Threatening Letters to Conservative Activist Using Committee Letterhead (Video)

    02/06/2014 10:20:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/62014 | Jim Hoft
    This afternoon True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Elijah Cummings alleging the Congressmen intimidated her and and her group. Rep. Elijah Cummings on three separate occasions sent letters from the House Oversight and Government Reform, stating that he had concerns and felt it necessary to open an investigation on True the Vote. The Congressman also smeared True the Vote in several cable news interviews in 2012. In the hearing today, Cummings accused True the Vote of racism saying that they were trying to suppress the vote. Catherine Engelbrecht was on with Megyn Kelly tonight:...
  • Ted Cruz hires conservative Hill staffer who was ousted from Hill job

    01/13/2014 10:11:27 AM PST · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 13 Jan 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday announced the hiring of Paul Teller, the veteran Hill staffer who conservative activists rallied around after his high-profile ouster as the lead staffer on a prominent Republican committee last month. Teller, the former executive director of the House Republican Study Committee, will serve as Cruz’s new deputy chief of staff, starting this week. “Paul’s many years of experience working in Congress and his tireless work to advance conservative principles make him a tremendous addition to our team,” Cruz said. “I look forward to working with him to keep making Texans’ voices heard in Washington...
  • Live thread: Hagel, Kerry, and Dempsey to testify in Senate Committee hearing on Syria (2:30pm ET)

    09/03/2013 6:52:06 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 273 replies
    Hearing will be live on CSPAN.
  • San Jose: Soda ban doesn't make it out of committee

    08/28/2013 10:31:06 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/28/2013 | John Woolfolk
    SAN JOSE -- A San Jose city committee Wednesday poured cold water on a proposal to eliminate soda pop, whole milk and other sugary or fattening beverages at city libraries, community centers and other public facilities. Councilman Ash Kalra's proposal hit a brick wall at the agenda-setting Rules and Open Government committee. Mayor Chuck Reed, who leads the committee, said "this definitely will not make my top 10 list" of potential ordinances to consider. Though he was willing at least to have the council as a whole decide whether to pursue it, none of the other committee members moved to...
  • Breaking: Issa Subpoenas Treasury Secretary Lew For IMPEDING IRS Targeting Investigation (Video)

    08/03/2013 6:41:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 101 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subpoenaed Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for withholding documentation from Congress in the ongoing IRS Tea Party Scandal investigation. The Oversight Committee accuses the Obama Administration of impeding and obstructing the investigation. “During the past two weeks, President Obama and you have repeatedly labeled the IRS’s strategy of targeting Americans for their political beliefs as a ‘phony’ scandal. While the Obama Administration has so publicly deflected responsibility for the targeting, it simultaneously has attempted to thwart congressional oversight into the matter… the IRS has engaged in a systematic effort to delay, frustrate,...
  • MK Feiglin Removed from Knesset Education Committee

    05/21/2013 2:55:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/13
    Chairman of the Knesset House Committee removed MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beyteinu) from the Education Committee following his announcement to suspend his parliamentary coalition activity in response to being banned from the Temple Mount. Feiglin remained unfazed, "My adamant demand to enforce Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount in more important to me..."
  • One other Obama scandal to watch

    05/14/2013 10:24:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 5-13-2013 | John Hayward
    On top of everything else, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced on Monday that it will probe Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' efforts to shake insurance companies down for cash, to help "educate" the public about the ObamaCare disaster it hates. That would be the same ObamaCare that will employ the corrupt Internal Revenue Service as enforcers. What else does anyone need to know about it?
  • Ways and Means Committee: When Did WH Know IRS Targeted Groups Based on Political Philosophy?

    05/12/2013 9:15:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/12/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The House Ways and Means Committee wants to know when the White House first knew that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting groups for heightened scrutiny for their political views, including groups that used the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax exempt status, or that sought to educate people about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has provided a timeline to congressional staff that indicates that in the 2010 election year the Internal Revenue Service instructed officials in its "Determinations Unit" to "be on the lookout...
  • Video: Every Senate BudgetCommittee Democrat Votes´No´ on Balancing the Budget

    03/15/2013 6:01:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 3/15/13 | Guy Benson
    Their own plan doesn´t even come close to balancing, of course, and they´re not interested in other ideas to get there. The first Republican amendment they torpedoed yesterday called for increasing federal spending at a clip of "only" 3.4 percent per year over the next decade, rather than the major acceleration that Democrats have advanced. The second proposed making it more procedurally difficult to pass a budget that does not balance with ten years. Watch as each Democrat-aligned committee member votes in lockstep against these provisions. Make no mistake,
  • House Homeland Security Committee Chair demands answers from ICE on illegal immigrant release

    02/27/2013 1:31:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 27, 2013 | Caroline May
    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul is demanding answers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton regarding the release of illegal immigrants from detention centers. In a letter addressed to Morton and carbon copied to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday, McCaul expresses concern about news that ICE has started releasing detained illegal immigrants, and in doing so is failing to enforce the law. “This decision reflects the lack of resource prioritization within the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is indicative of the Department’s weak stance on National Security,” McCaul wrote.
  • US Senate Committee Approves Kerry Nomination

    01/29/2013 10:18:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 1/29/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    United States Senator John Kerry easily overcame the first hurdle of his confirmation as the next secretary of state Tuesday with a unanimous vote of approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry, President Barack Obama's pick to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation's top diplomat, must still be confirmed by a vote of the full Senate later in the day, which he is expected to receive without contention. The five-term Massachusetts Democrat, who has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 28 years and led it for the past four, said he was "humbled" and gratified...
  • Ed Martin, St. Louis lawyer and GOP activist, elected new chairman of Missouri Republican Party

    01/05/2013 2:14:24 PM PST · by Optimist · 18 replies
    St Louis Beacon ^ | 01/05/2013 | Jo Mannies
    St. Louis lawyer Ed Martin, who lost his GOP bid this fall for Missouri attorney general, came roaring back Saturday by getting elected as the new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. Martin narrowly defeated current chairman David Cole, 34-32, on the second round of balloting by the 68-member state GOP committee, sources say. Two members apparently were absent during the voting, which took place at a hotel in Columbia, Mo. The third contender for the post, outgoing state Sen. Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, was out of the running after garnering only seven votes on the first ballot, which saw...
  • Longoria Leads Obama Inaugural Committee

    12/07/2012 7:44:36 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 7, 2012 4:14 pm | Staff
    Politico reported on Thursday that Eva Longoria will co-chair the 2013 inauguration committee along with former Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, Democratic National Committee National Finance Chair Jane Stetson, and technology entrepreneur and Obama bundler Frank White. “Vice President Biden and I are grateful to these distinguished women and men for agreeing to serve as co-chairs and honorary co-chairs, including presidents from both sides of the aisle who have dedicated their lives to serving the American people,” Obama said in a statement. The actress served as a national campaign co-chair for Obama and bundled $271, 300 for his reelection effort. Additionally,...
  • Popular Resistance Committees Threatens Israel After Air Strike

    10/14/2012 11:59:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12 | Elad Benari
    The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terror group vowed to retaliate against Israel on Sunday after announcing that two men killed earlier in an IAF air strike were members of the group, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. The group confirmed that Izz Addin Abu Nuseira, 23, and Ahmad Abu Fatayir, 22, were affiliated with its Nasser Saladin Brigades. Both were killed when the IAF struck targets in the terrorist haven of Gaza for the fourth time in 24 hours Sunday afternoon. The IAF said the targets were part of a terror squad that had fired a rocket at Israel a...
  • Palestinian Delegation Thanks Olympic Committee for Denying Moment of Silence to Honor Murdered

    07/26/2012 11:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/26/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The head of the Palestinian Olympic delegation has thanked the International Olympic Committee for denying, again, requests to hold a moment of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In a letter sent Tuesday to IOC President Jacques Rogge, Jibril Rajoub said any show of solidarity with the victims would constitute “racism.” The Palestinian terror group Black September was responsible for the slayings. “Sports are a bridge for love, communication and the spreading of peace between nations and should not be used for divisiveness and the spread of racism,” Rajoub wrote, according to the...
  • House Offices Burglarized: All GOP, One Issa’s Committee

    05/19/2012 12:17:24 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    P J Tatler ^ | May 18th, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Congressional Republicans have been targeted by a crime wave this spring, with burglars curiously able to repeatedly break into offices without security noticing. Despite security in the Hill office buildings, the offices of Reps. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) were burglarized last month, with Runyan’s office hit twice. Also hit was the Oversight and Government Reform Committee office and the staff office for the Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security, both under control of the Republican majority.
  • House approves offshore wind bill 88-47, administration accused of coercion

    04/01/2012 1:07:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | March 31, 2012 | Daniel Menefee
    The House passed the administration’s offshore wind power bill Friday amid accusations Gov. Martin O’Malley secured votes on the House Economic Matters Committee with disparity grants to committee members’ districts. “Those of you who have been here longer than two weeks know there’s a lot of complicated pressures that go into making a bill pass or fail,” said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell. “Sometimes it takes a little nudge, sometimes it takes a carrot, and sometimes it takes a stick.” The disparity grant program in Maryland provides subsidies to jurisdictions with income tax receipts that fall below 75% of the...
  • Why You Never Hear About World-Altering Inventions Created by Committee

    03/01/2012 3:43:42 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies · 4+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | March 1, 2012 | Gizmodo
    Modern corporate culture is in L-O-V-E, love with meetings (and any opportunity to engage in groupthink). But if you look back, history's real intellectual heavyweights weren't "team players." Intellectual giants like DaVinci, Einstein, and even Steve Wozniak, all developed their best works in near solitude. Quiet, by Susan Cain, examines why the world's best thinkers have usually been lone wolves. March 5, 1975. A cold and drizzly evening in Menlo Park, California. Thirty unprepossessing-looking engineers gather in the garage of an unemployed colleague named Gordon French. They call themselves the Homebrew Computer Club, and this is their first meeting. Their...
  • Committee Weighs Contempt Citation (lawsuit) Against White House Over Solyndra

    12/03/2011 11:27:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/02/11 | James Rosen
    Committee Weighs Contempt Citation Against White House Over SolyndraBy James Rosen Published December 02, 2011 | Members of Congress investigating the $535 million loan guarantee that the Obama administration gave to now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra are considering suing the White House to obtain access to documents relating to the case, Fox News has learned. For close to a year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has been probing the circumstances surrounding the loan and its subsequent restructuring, which subordinated taxpayers to private investors in the recovery of the company's assets. Solyndra's chief investor, billionaire George Kaiser, is a...
  • Additional budget cuts could force House committees to lay off staffers

    11/30/2011 7:14:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/30/11 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Additional budget cuts could force House committees to lay off staffersBy Debbie Siegelbaum - 11/30/11 04:38 PM ET Lawmakers expressed significant concerns about the ability of House committees to maintain staffing levels and perform congressional duties as they stare down additional budget cuts. In July, the House approved the fiscal year 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, instituting a 6.4 percent cut to leadership, committee and personal office budgets for the coming year. This is on top of a 5 percent cut committees already took in January 2011. On Wednesday, the Committee on House Administration heard testimony from the chairmen and...
  • 5 Ways the 2012 Election Has Changed Since the Super Committee's Failure

    11/30/2011 9:58:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 30, 2011 | Matt Mackowiak
    The 2012 political year is right around the corner and the recent failure by the so-called "Super Committee" to reach agreement on $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction will re-cast the environment on Capitol Hill and shape the 2012 campaign. With divided control of Congress, and a 60-vote threshold in the U.S. Senate, major Congressional action before the 2012 election is now extremely unlikely. Congress always seems to need a deadline to make the members focus on the country's business, and December promises to be a busy month. It's likely that members of Congress will do the following: - Pass yet...
  • Hershkowitz Slams Likud Ministers 'Who Serve the Left'

    11/13/2011 11:45:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) used uncharacteristically blunt words to condemn Likud ministers who opposed the bill that would make Supreme Court nominees subject to parliamentary hearings before confirmation. He said they were "serving the Left" by opposing the vetting process. The bill, which was initiated by MKs Yariv Levin and Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), will be debated at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation next week. It was supposed to be debated today (Sunday) but the controversy around it caused the discussion to be postponed by one week. "It is strange that ministers from the Likud are...
  • “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” Senate Judiciary Committee(WATCH LIVE)

    11/08/2011 6:17:28 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 219 replies ^ | November 8, 2012 | Senate Judiciary Committee
    “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee View a webcast of this hearing DATE: November 8, 2011 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Dirksen 226 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: October 31, 2011 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice” for Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman. Witness List Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Dirksen Senate Office Building,...
  • Super Secrecy of Debt 'Super Committee' Rubs Some Lawmakers the Wrong Way

    10/22/2011 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/21/11
    Super Secrecy of Debt 'Super Committee' Rubs Some Lawmakers the Wrong Published October 21, 2011 Hiding behind closed doors may be an attempt to actually get something done, but the secrecy of the so-called congressional “super committee” tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over the next 10 years is drawing scorn from fellow lawmakers who want the process to be more open. Sen. Dean Heller unveiled a bill last month to open up the talks, though it's unlikely to get action in the next five weeks the panel has left to come up with a plan. Sen....
  • Committee Searches for Economic 'Tipping Point'; Prefer Not to Find It

    09/24/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | September 20, 2011 | Jim Angle
    "We know that the debt is now 100 percent -- approximately 100 percent of (gross domestic product)," said Allan Meltzer, a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "That doesn't include the unfunded liabilities. It doesn't include (mortgage lenders)Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It doesn't include a number of other things." Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, argues that U.S. debt is so far out of control that it must be contained soon. "We've had five trillion (in) deficit spending since 2008, the most enormous sort...
  • Tea Party group forms its own 'super committee'

    09/21/2011 8:25:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/21/11 | Kevin Liptak
    Tea Party group forms its own 'super committee'By: CNN's Kevin Liptak Washington (CNN) - As the congressional "super committee" works in Washington to cut America's federal debt, a panel of tea party activists will meet at a Denny's restaurant in Orlando to propose their own debt solutions. The gathering, convened by the large conservative political group FreedomWorks, will meet Sept. 23, coinciding with the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual meeting of right-leaning politicians. "FreedomWorks believes that President Obama's 'super-committee' will inevitably fall prey to special interest groups, shutting American taxpayers out of the discussion on how to reduce...
  • House energy committee steps up investigation of Solyndra

    09/01/2011 6:21:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/1/11 | C.J. Ciaramella
    On Thursday the House Energy and Commerce Committee ramped up its ongoing investigation of the federal government’s $535 million loan to Solyndra, a solar energy company that recently announced it will file for bankruptcy. In a letter to the White House, committee Chairman Fred Upton and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns requested a scheduled briefing on the matter by no later than September 12 and asked for all documents related to the loan guarantee between Solyndra and the White House. In 2009, Solyndra was the recipient of a half-billion-dollar loan through the Department of Energy, funded by stimulus...
  • 'Supercommittee’ members get plenty of funds from lobbyists

    08/22/2011 7:33:44 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 21, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    When congressional leaders earlier this month named six lawmakers from each party to a debt reduction “supercommittee,” investing unprecedented power in a tiny cadre to slash funding, they set off a wild scramble among special interest groups to gain access and protect their interests. Yet many groups with the most at stake didn’t have to change their plans. Some members of the supercommittee received more campaign contributions in July from political action committees controlled by corporations, unions and other lawmakers than anyone else in Congress, disclosures filed this weekend show. Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican who chairs the tax-writing House...
  • House Committee to Seek More Info on White House Links to Gunrunner Operation

    07/28/2011 8:50:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/28/11 | Fred Lucas
    ( – Congressional investigators plan to seek information from the White House National Security Council staff regarding communications about the botched gunrunning sting known as Operation Fast and Furious, which now has a publicized connection to the White House. “Very clearly, part of the problem is there has been political interference at the highest level,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told during a conference call Wednesday. “We are going to be asking the National Security Council what occurred.”
  • (Maryland) Senate budget committee gets lesson in sales tax options

    07/27/2011 12:25:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 26, 2011 | Julie Bykowicz
    A Senate committee listened Tuesday to the pros and cons of expanding Maryland's sales tax base to include more services, as well as goods purchased over the Internet. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee spent the day in Annapolis receiving briefings on taxes, the federal debt ceiling, education funding and toll increases. Legislative committees meet occasionally between the 90-day General Assembly sessions. Tangible products, but few services, sold by Maryland retailers are taxed at 6 percent. This year, the sales tax is predicted to generate $4.2 billion, about 30 percent of the state's general fund revenue, according to the Department...