A weekly rundown of the latest efforts of lawmakers to scrutinize the actions of the executive branch.
• HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM (3/3/08) — Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice requesting documents related to an investigation ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s office in April 2007 into allegations of corruption involving the Iraqi president, the Council of Ministers and current and former ministers who did not have the prime minister’s approval.
• SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND FORESTRY (3/3/08) — Chairman Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa), Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate sets date for hearings on Sessions's attorney general nomination Mnuchin, Price meet with GOP senators Business groups express support for Branstad nomination MORE (R-Iowa) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer questioning why an investigation into possible civil rights abuses at the department was closed.
“The actions of the Department of Agriculture are unjustified. Given USDA’s documented history of civil right abuses, one of which led to a consent decree that, to date, has paid out nearly one billion dollars in settlement to black farmers, USDA’s unwillingness to provide documentation to GAO raises very serious questions whether the Department is serious about stopping civil rights abuses,” Harkin, Lugar, Grassley and Towns wrote.
• SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS (2-26-08) — Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerSenate clears water bill with Flint aid, drought relief Senate Dem blocks own bill over California drought language House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief MORE (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson requesting documents relating to EPA’s decision in 2007 to deny California a waiver that regulates global warming pollution from motor vehicles.
“You testified at the Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Jan. 24, 2008, that EPA would produce all responsive documents, specifically including communications with the White House, the vice president’s office and other Executive Branch agencies, by Feb. 15, 2008. Yet EPA’s production remains incomplete,” Boxer wrote.