November 20, 2005

BACK TO LIMITED GOVERNMENT:

Congress reduces its oversight role: Since Clinton, a change in focus (Susan Milligan, November 20, 2005, Boston Globe)

While congressional committees once were leaders in investigating the executive branch and powerful industries, the current Congress has largely spared major corporations and has done only minimal oversight of the Republican administration, according to a review of congressional documents by The Boston Globe.

An examination of committees' own reports found that the House Government Reform Committee held just 37 hearings described as ''oversight" or investigative in nature during the last Congress, down from 135 such hearings held by its predecessor, the House Government Operations Committee, in 1993-94, the last year the Democrats controlled the chamber.

Party loyalty does not account for the difference: In 1993-94, the Democrats were investigating a Democratic administration.


Imagine thinking the Congress should be running everything?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2005 4:14 PM
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Imagine thinking the Congress should be running anything?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 21, 2005 12:50 AM
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