Incoming House Oversight Committee chairman: First hearing will not be 'what a lot of people expect'

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has yet to determine the focus of its first hearing in the next session of Congress, but suggested it will examine health care or other "day-to-day" issues.

"I can guarantee you that it will likely not be what a lot of people expect," Cummings, the likely incoming chairman of the committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"It will probably be something regarding skyrocketing drug prices ... things of that nature that people have to deal with on a day-to-day basis, and, of course, the Affordable Care Act," Cummings added. "We're going to certainly be taking a look at that. And we're going to make sure that it stays enforced."

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The Democrat also cited the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the census as a likely area of concern for the committee. 

Cummings indicated that those subjects will be more of a focus than issuing subpoenas to investigate the president or his administration.

"We may very well get to that point," he said. "But I plan to run our committee like a federal courtroom. I want civility. And we will address subpoenas in a very systematic way."

Democrats have pledged to use their recently won House majority to conduct investigations and oversight focused on the Trump administration's policies, the president's finances and interactions with foreign governments, and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel MORE's use of private email, among other subjects.