Election 2010

Obama's Team To Face Rep. Issa's Oversight Surge

Rep. Darrell Issa

Obama Administration officials will likely see much of Rep. Darrell Issa's face over the next two years. Harry Hamburg/AP Photo hide caption

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If Obama Administration officials had any doubts about how they'll spend much of the next two years, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pretty much painting a vivid picture for them.

They will spend much of them in Capitol Hill hearing rooms at witness tables looking up at him and his colleagues and trying to keep their composure as they respond to what are sure to be barbed questions, mostly from Republican lawmakers.

Issa, slated to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is telling reporters he plans a veritable hearing surge.

To Politico, he said:

“I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” Issa said...

The economic stimulus, health care, anything that his House oversight panel can claim jurisdiction over, which is a lot, is likely to get the fine-tooth comb treatment.

Politico provides context to just how many that would be. It would essentially more than double the pace of what was done by Democrats during the last two years of President Bush's second term.

... To give an idea of how expansive Issa’s oversight plans are, look at the record of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) when he chaired the oversight committee during in the 110th Congress during George W. Bush’s presidency. Waxman held 203 oversight hearings in two years; Issa has signaled he’s prepared to hold about 280 in just one year.

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