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

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Dems renew push for government contractor back pay Cummings demands ex-Fox News reporter share information on Stormy Daniels payments The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP 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."


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 TrumpNew Zealand suspect wrote in manifesto he supported Trump 'as a symbol of renewed white identity' Ex-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal College admissions scandal exposes the fantasy of the American Dream MORE's use of private email, among other subjects.