Government Oversight

Government Oversight

GOP launches hearings on national debt

The House Financial Services Committee is launching a series of hearings to explore the $17.5 trillion national debt, starting with a Tuesday meeting to discuss "Why Debt Matters."

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Shut-out lawmaker looks to end closed CFPB meetings

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) has proposed legislation that would prohibit the advisory committee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from holding closed meetings, a change Duffy says is needed to bring transparency to the agency.

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Casey urges Congress to prevent prescription drug abuse

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said Tuesday that he hopes Congress would pass legislation aiming to reduce prescription drug abuse.

“It’s critical that Congress puts in place a commonsense approach to help families and law enforcement,” Casey said. “Combating the rise in heroin and prescription drug abuse will require all stakeholders to work together in a collaborative effort.”

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Leahy to push bill promoting drug sentencing flexibility

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Monday that he would soon move bipartisan legislation through his committee that supports job training programs for prisoners and other programs aimed at keeping people out of jail once they leave.

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Sessions blasts Obama’s deportation review

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized President Obama Friday for announcing that his administration would review their deportation process to see if it can be done “more humanely.”

“The administration cannot be trusted to enforce any...

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Senate bill aims to ensure fair investigations of DOJ

Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a bill Thursday that would ensure an independent inspector general investigates allegations of misconduct within the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Inspectors General are true watchdogs who save taxpayer dollars and help deliver better services to Americans,” Tester said. “This bill is a common-sense measure that makes sure taxpayers are getting the level of service they expect and increases oversight of an agency.”

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