July 16th, 2014
04:01 PM ET
6 days ago

GOP releases audio, says it shows Obama Cabinet member broke law

Washington (CNN) – Ramping up his investigation of the White House and whether it illegally used government staff for political purposes, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa released audio of a 2012 voicemail message that his office says depicts then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking an employee working for her to contribute money and recruit others to attend a fundraiser for the pro-Obama Organizing For America.

In a release, the committee called the phone message a clear violation of the Hatch Act, which limits political activity for government officials.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Obama administration
July 16th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
6 days ago

Senate Democrats to back House highway bill

The highway funding crisis is about to end. (For now.)

Senate Democratic leaders have agreed to pass a nearly $11 billion House measure that would extend the life of the Highway Trust Fund through next spring, CNN has learned.

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House Ethics Committee does U-turn on travel requirement
July 3rd, 2014
02:24 PM ET
3 weeks ago

House Ethics Committee does U-turn on travel requirement

updated 4:10pm ET

Washington (CNN) – Two days after a little-known rules change became public, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee announced a complete reversal Thursday, and the committee reinstated a requirement for how members disclose privately-funded trips.

Ethics Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, revealed the U-turn during a local radio interview in Texas Thursday morning. A few hours later, the committee sent out an official seven-page statement confirming the reversal.

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Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives
Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too
June 26th, 2014
02:24 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Environmental Protection Agency tells Congress it lost emails too

WASHINGTON (CNN) – One day after focusing on lost e-mails at the IRS, the House Oversight Committee learned Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is also having trouble recovering e-mails the committee wants as part of a separate investigation.

McCarthy: "There is a challenge"     

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Republican-led committee that the agency cannot access some e-mails belonging to a biologist who worked on a controversial mining project assessment. It is a hard drive problem, but McCarthy was careful to not call it a "hard drive crash" or destroyed hard drive.      FULL POST


Filed under: Darrell Issa • EPA • Gina McCarthy
Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records
June 25th, 2014
06:04 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Oversight Chair Darrell Issa subpoenas 28 years of records

Washington (CNN) - Expanding his IRS investigation by more than two decades, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, has sent a subpoena to the Federal Elections Commission for all communications involving former IRS administrator Lois Lerner from January 1, 1986 to the present day.

This new search is the broadest-yet for records in a year-long investigation by Issa and congressional Republicans, who are trying to assess why the agency targeted tea party and other political groups for extra scrutiny.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • FEC • IRS
IRS faces volley of new scrutiny
June 16th, 2014
09:12 PM ET
1 month ago

IRS faces volley of new scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - A new round of scrutiny hit the IRS on Monday as senators from both parties summoned the agency’s chief to Capitol Hill, one House committee set up a new investigative hearing and another issued a subpoena for the head of the agency to appear.

This came after the IRS announced that up to two years of e-mails from former agency manager Lois Lerner were destroyed when her hard drive crashed in 2011. Lerner ran the IRS division that oversaw tax-exempt status and is a key figure in the investigation into why the agency targeted tea party and other groups. The IRS says it has worked to recover the Lerner e-mails by searching through the accounts of dozens of employees who may have corresponded with her.

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Filed under: Congress • IRS
Strange times: Republicans block tax credits - as a protest
May 16th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Strange times: Republicans block tax credits - as a protest

(CNN) - It is a rare, strange day when Senate Republicans vote to block billions in tax cuts. But that's what happened Thursday when they chose to freeze a massive tax credit package in order to protest how Democrats are running the chamber.

By a vote of 53-40, the EXPIRE Act, which would extend $85 billion in tax credits, failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
Democrat v. Democrat: Reid opposes Obama nominee
May 14th, 2014
07:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrat v. Democrat: Reid opposes Obama nominee

Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid struck a significant blow to one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations Wednesday, as the senator’s office confirmed that Reid personally opposes Michael Boggs’ nomination to the federal bench.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told CNN that the Democratic leader feels he cannot vote for Boggs’ nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, given Boggs’ past views on abortion, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

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Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid
Nominated by Obama, then slowly skewered by Democrats
May 13th, 2014
07:25 PM ET
2 months ago

Nominated by Obama, then slowly skewered by Democrats

Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats pushed back en masse against one of President Barack Obama’s federal court nominees on Wednesday, questioning Michael Boggs of Georgia about his past statements and beliefs about abortion, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

Boggs is now a Georgia Court of Appeals judge, but his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing focused on votes and statements from when he served as a conservative Democrat in the George state legislature, from 2000-2004.

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Filed under: Senate Democrats
GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt
May 7th, 2014
07:19 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP-led House votes to hold former IRS official in contempt

(CNN) - Acting on a conservative battle cry and potentially triggering a court battle with the Obama administration, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her agency's targeting of conservative and other groups.

The 231-187 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, a decision that cut across three sharp divides: balance of power issues between the branches of government, political questions over the IRS scandal, and a Constitutional debate over Lerner's individual Fifth Amendment rights.

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Filed under: House Republicans • IRS
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