Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) pined the Obama administration this weekend to stop appointing policy czars and open his current policy advisers to Senate scrutiny.
In her op-ed published in Sunday's Washington Post, Hutchison also asserts her belief that Obama's heavy use of czars defies constitutional precedent.
"As the senior Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, I oversee legislation and agencies that cover policy areas as vast and varied as trade, technology, transit, consumer protection and commercial regulation. As many as 10 of the 32 czars functionally fall under my committee's jurisdiction. Yet neither I nor the committee chairman have clear authority to compel these czars to appear before our panel and report what they are doing. The Obama administration presented only two of these officials for our consideration before they assumed their duties. We have had no opportunity to probe the others' credentials"
The Obama administration's "czars" have been subject of considerable scrutiny in the days following embattled green jobs adviser Van Jones' resignation. Republicans in particular have criticized the Obama administration for not permitting them to vet and hold accountable his sizable "czar" team.
Some lawmakers are now requesting "czars" appear before their respective committees to testify in a way not too unlike cabinet officials do. Other congressmen seek to ban "czars" entirely.
Hutchison hopes Obama will "submit each of his many policy czars to the Senate so that we can review their qualifications." she wrote in her op-ed.
"The deployment of this many czars sets a dangerous precedent that undermines the Constitution's guarantee of separated powers. It must be stopped," she wrote.
"To deliver anything less is to deny the American public the accountability and transparency the Constitution guarantees," she added.