Issa to White House, Hire More Accountants
The incoming Republican chairmen of two powerful House Committees joined Fox News Sunday to discuss the top items on their agenda for the new Congress, which is set to convene this week.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who will take over the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, warned the White House that he will make identifying government waste one of his top priorities. When asked about the Obama Administrations hiring of more lawyers, in an effort to blunt any Congressional inquiries, Issa offered up some advice, They're going to need more accountants There is so much opportunity, but it's more of an accounting function than legal function. It's more about the inspector generals than it is about lawyers in the White House.
Incoming Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) will lead House Republican efforts to thwart the health care reform law that was passed last year. Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace pointed out that even if the House votes to repeal the controversial legislation, it is unlikely the Senate would follow their lead.
Upton came back with a prediction, As part of our pledge, we said that we would bring up a vote to repeal healthcare early. That will happen before the president's State of the Union address. We have 242 Republicans. There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us... If we pass this bill with a sizable vote, and I think that we will, it will put enormous pressure on the Senate to do perhaps the same thing. But then, after that, we're going to go after this bill piece by piece.
Issa was also asked about the job being done by current Attorney General Eric Holder. When asked whether Holder should step down, the Congressman answered, He's hurting this administration. If you're hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration, or leave.