Government Oversight

Government Oversight

Grassley demands DOJ explain ‘failure’ to protect whistle-blowers

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz explain why his office has failed to protect whistle-blowers’ rights to speak to Congress.

“Attempting to silence whistle-blowers seems to be an epidemic in the executive branch, but it’s particularly disturbing for the inspector general’s office to be in the dark on a law so close and important to its mission,” Grassley said.

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House GOP takes on unfunded mandates

House Republicans next week will call up a bill that aims to reduce the proliferation of unfunded federal mandates on state and local governments, companies and other entities.

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Schumer: ‘Gun-toting terrorist’ could take down power grid

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for federal security standards to be implemented at major power plants after a report showed a group of terrorists armed with rifles was almost able to take down part of the nation's power grid.

“Any potential weakness in this critical infrastructure is troubling and should be addressed immediately,” Schumer said. “This is not something that we can rely on the utility industry to do.”

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GOP resolution blasts Common Core standards

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and more than three dozen other House Republicans introduced a resolution Wednesday that criticizes the Obama administration's effort to set education standards through the Common Core program.

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