July 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation to further its inquiry into allegations that Rep. Shelley Berkley, the Nevada Democrat who is running for Senate, intervened to keep open a Las Vegas kidney transplant center in which her husband had a financial interest. The Ethics Committee has been reviewing the complaint filed by the Nevada Republican Party against the congresswoman since February, but voted unanimously to impanel an investigative subcommittee.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A House committee voted along party lines to find Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after President Obama for the first time asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material. The developments Wednesday set up a political standoff going into the November election and a significant constitutional clash between the White House and Congress that may not be resolved until after a lengthy journey through the courts.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to find Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to provide subpoenaed documents in the flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking case, just hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege and backed the attorney general's refusal to release the material. The vote for contempt and the White House insertion into the growing Southwest border “gun-walking” scandal set up a significant constitutional clash between the two branches of the federal government, one that ultimately may not be resolved until it reaches the courts.
June 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — If the Transportation Security Administration wants to fix its poor public image, it might want to stop patting down recognizable passengers such as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. "There are certain people that are just so well-known that you've just got to use your common sense," said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee. "Because if you start patting them down, people are going to say, 'They're patting down Beyonce.' "I mean, she's not going to blow a plane up. " In an acknowledgment of continued public frustration with TSA, the subcommittee met Thursday to address the agency's efforts to fix its "poor customer service image and become a leaner, smarter agency.
May 31, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A House committee will question JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon next month on the bank's large trading loss. The House Financial Services Committee will hold its hearing on June 19, a committee spokeswoman said Thursday. The session will take place less than a week after Dimon is set to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on June 13. Lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill are looking at JPMorgan's trading loss of more than $2 billion to determine if it should affect the drafting of new financial regulations or if additional legislation is needed to prevent future incidents.
February 19, 2012
When Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, convened a hearing Thursday on religious freedom and the mandate that health insurers cover contraception, he ignited a firestorm of protest before he even started. The first of two panels he assembled was all male - something that a Democratic congresswoman on the committee noted immediately and not favorably, given thatwomen's healthwas at the heart of what was being discussed.
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February 1, 2012 |
At the behest of the Republican leadership of a House of Representatives subcommittee, Capitol Police arrested Joshua Fox, the maker of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland,” when he tried on Wednesday to film a subcommittee hearing on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method used to tap oil and gas reservoirs. With its images of flammable tap water, “Gasland” publicized concerns among critics of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of the technology's possible effect on water supplies.
December 20, 2011 |
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is scrutinizing the award by the Obama administration of a $433-million sole-source contract for an experimental smallpox drug. In a letter sent Tuesday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and three of his Republican colleagues requested documents related to the awarding of the contract this year to Siga Technologies Inc., based in New York City. Siga's controlling shareholder is Ronald O. Perelman, a longtime Democratic Party donor.
December 8, 2011 |
An apologetic Jon Corzine testified before a congressional panel that he was in "stunned disbelief" when he learned that hundreds of millions of dollars of customer money had disappeared from his now-defunct trading firm MF Global Holdings. "I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date," the former MF Global chief executive told the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday in his first public appearance since the company filed for bankruptcy Oct. 31. As much as $1.2 billion may be missing — far more than the $900-million shortfall that was initially suspected, a trustee handling the liquidation of the firm said recently.
November 5, 2011 |
The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday requiring the Department of Homeland Security to hand over the names of thousands of illegal immigrants who were arrested by local authorities over the last three years but not deported by immigration officials. The subpoena is the latest volley in a contentious debate between House Republicans and the Obama administration over its immigration policy, which makes deportation of illegal immigrants with criminal records a priority.