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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his school of union hobbling as a route to fiscal discipline to budget-weary Washington on Thursday, telling a House committee that protracted, nail-biting negotiations in tough economic times can produce inaction and bad policy.
"Sometimes," the Republican governor told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "bipartisanship is not so good."
J. Scott Applewhite, AP
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. "Sometimes bipartisanship is not so good," Walker told the House...
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In the middle of Sunshine Week promoting transparency in government, open-government advocates say the apparent demotion of a high-level Department of Homeland Security employee for whistle-blowing is particularly dark.
"Our government is sending the message to federal workers that they do not want them to come forward and report these problems," Dave Colapinto, the general counsel of the National Whisteblowers Center, told AOL News today by phone. "In other words, they do not want the public to know what is going on."
According to The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security...
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WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department demoted a senior career employee who confidentially complained to the inspector general that political appointees were improperly interfering with requests for federal records by journalists and watchdog groups.
The new Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigating those practices told the Obama administration that the decision "appeared to be an act of retaliation" and warned, "Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime." The department responded that it had done nothing...
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To regulate or not to regulate?
That is the question President Barack Obama is ordering every federal agency and office to ask in a government-wide review aimed at eliminating rules on the books that are outdated, stifle job creation or make the U.S. economy less competitive.
But the initiative seems focused as much on politics as policy. It is the White House's latest bid to reach out to a business community that was one of its primary foes last year, and seems directed in part at co-opting a key Republican argument on the same day the new GOP majority in the House begins its own...
Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Rep. Darrell Issa, the incoming leader of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has generated much attention and speculation lately about his effort to hunt down "job killing" federal regulations.
While Democrats are hoping to cast the California Republican as a hyperpartisan committee chairman set on politically motivated "witch hunts," Issa could surprise them. He is well positioned to do more than generate publicity; he could reveal real examples of waste and malfeasance.
Based on Issa's comments last October -- when he said President Obama "has been one of the most...
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WASHINGTON -- Declaring that "everybody has to do more with less," incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today laid out a Republican agenda of austerity for the 112th Congress that aims to do away with much that Democrats accomplished in the 111th.
"Clearly the people of this country spoke out," said the Virginia Republican. "That election was a repudiation of what has gone on in this town. It wasn't necessarily an election about us."
Cantor related what he told freshmen Republicans, many of them elected with tea party support, saying he would run his caucus by a "three-part rule." The...
Tom Kavanagh - Politics Daily
Rep. Darrell Issa, who has been quick to assail the "corruption" of the Obama administration, will be a busy man once the 112th Congress convenes on Wednesday. The California Republican, who will take the reins of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has ambitious plans for that panel, from going after WikiLeaks to investigating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage giants.
An outline of the committee's expected hearing topics, reported by Politico, shows that it intends "to investigate how regulation impacts job creation, the role of Fannie Mae and...
Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
As the 112th Congress convenes this week in Washington, Republicans are vowing to attack head-on key Obama administration initiatives, including health care reform and increased regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, who is set to be chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, promised on Sunday an early vote to make good on the GOP promise to try to repeal the health care legislation.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Upton said he will also take on the administration's plan to issue new rules through the Environmental Protection Agency limiting...
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WASHINGTON - The Republican agenda for the new Congress that convenes Wednesday may have a greater impact on the 2012 elections than on the lives of Americans in the next two years.
Republicans promise to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government's role in society through regulations that tell people what they must or can't do. Getting this agenda through the House may be easier than in the Senate, given the GOP's 241-194 majority in the House. Getting the Senate to act will be a challenge. Democrats...
Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
He's a little guy who still looks a little boyish at the age of 64. But Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is one tough cookie. Kucinich is telling colleagues that his hard nose is what's needed to defend President Obama when Republicans take over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- a panel that Democrats fear will be used to bludgeon the Obama administration.
The incoming chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is a combative conservative who is widely expected to aggressively investigate the White House and federal work force, using the resources of the committee, which has...