By The Hill Staff - 09/18/08 05:41 PM EDT
• HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE: (09/18/08) — Rep. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyNew House caucus will help keep hackers out of cars Overnight Tech: Email privacy bill gets its day FDA should ban powdered caffeine, Dems say MORE (D-Mass.) called a recent inspector general report concerning ethical lapses at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) a “blistering, scalding indictment of the Bush administration’s oversight of the Department of Interior.”
Markey made the comments to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the scandal.
Rahall also called Kempthorne a “person of courage and conviction” and noted his efforts to emphasize ethics at the department. Kempthorne started at the agency in May 2006. The events detailed in the report took place between 2002 and 2006.
• HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE: (09/16/08) — Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced his committee would hold a hearing into the bailout of AIG and the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
“Lax oversight and reckless investments on Wall Street are causing massive disruption throughout our economy,” Waxman said.
The committee will hold at least two hearings, on Oct. 6 and 7. Waxman wrote letters to executives from Lehman and from AIG to testify.
• HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE: (09/16/08) — Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) joined two Democratic leaders on the Hazardous Waste subcommittee in writing EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson for additional information concerning environmental hazards at three military bases.
Reps. Dingell, Gene GreenGene GreenLawmakers look to prevent future Flints House battle in Texas tests outsider’s appeal This week: Senate Republicans strategize over Supreme Court MORE (D-Texas) and Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) wrote Johnson that they expected EPA would have taken “vigorous and concrete actions” in responding to complaints that the military had not complied with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
“That appears not to be the case,” the three wrote.