In the minority for the first time since being elected to Congress in 2006, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has been appointed to the high-profiled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a panel that is expected to evaluate a number of important issues in the federal government.
From Yarmuth’s office:
“Over the last four years in Congress, we’ve made substantial progress in addressing many of the pressing needs facing American families, and as a Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I will be on the forefront of efforts preventing these accomplishments, including recently enacted consumer protections in health coverage, student loans, mortgages, and credit card lending, from being dismantled. With my subcommittee assignments, I will also have an opportunity to weigh-in on some of our nation’s most difficult challenges, from getting the housing market on more stable footing to ensuring the Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan has clearly defined objectives and metrics for measuring progress and success.” — Congressman Yarmuth
The investigation panel is led by chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who came in roaring that the Obama administration was one of the most corrupt in modern times. Last year, the California lawmaker said he planned to hold “hundreds of hearings” challenging the Obama administration.
For Yarmuth, this could mean playing defense for the administration on a number of fronts, including the stimulus package, health care reform and the war in Afghanistan. And Yarmuth’s fellow Democrats have already warned Issa not to politicize the committee hearings.
However, it has been reported that Speaker John Boehner is telling Republicans to tone down their previous statements about investigating Obama, particularly as the president’s popularity rises, the economy continues to struggle and Issa’s controversial personal biography becomes more well-known.
In the past, Rep. Darrell Issa has been accused of several crimes, including car theft and arson. Issa is now chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which means he can initiate investigations of federal programs, and the alleged misdeeds of the Obama administration. Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker talks to Renee Montagne about how Issa may pursue investigations, given his own troubles.