By The Hill Staff - 10/02/08 05:52 PM EDT
• HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: (9/29/08) — Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), with Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), who chairs the Commercial and Administrative Law subcommittee, demanded a special counsel be assigned to investigate allegations of political interference in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006. Reacting to a report issued by the Justice Department’s inspector general and Office of Professional Responsibility, Conyers and Sanchez call for further investigation. “We assume that Attorney General [Michael] Mukasey will heed the report’s call for further investigation, including determining whether criminal offenses were committed, and urge him to appoint a special counsel from outside the Justice Department to work with the Inspector General so the investigation will have the credibility and independence that it needs,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.
• SENATE AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND FORESTRY COMMITTEE: (9/25/08) — Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and 29 colleagues wrote Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer recommending that his department strengthen an interim regulation, which took effect Tuesday, requiring meat to carry country-of-origin labeling. “Producers and consumers have waited long enough and deserve a common sense rule that accomplishes the goal of letting them know where their food products come from,” the letter says.