Democrats have no time for oversight work

The Hill:

The main investigative committee in the House has not held a single hearing this year.

Despite the fact that the government is steering hundreds of billions of dollars to financial firms and has approved the spending of hundreds of billions more, the House Oversight Committee is one of two panels in the lower chamber that have yet to hold a hearing in this Congress. The other is the Homeland Security Committee.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, now under the control of Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), is scheduled to have its very first hearing on Thursday.

Republicans charge that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) disarmed the committee — and its investigative power — in the wake of a Democratic White House. While President Bush was in office, Democrats on the committee held several investigations.

The Republicans have a point. It just shows you how politicized the whole oversight process has become since the Democrats took the majority in Congress. They are not going to investigate their own.


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