United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

Republicans return to familiar criticisms of Obamacare

With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs. They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable […]

Obamacare signups fall way short of goal

Obamacare signups fall way short of goal

Putting a statistic on disappointment, the Obama administration revealed Wednesday that fewer than 27,000 people signed up for private health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on a problem-filled federal website. States running their own enrollment systems did better, signing up more than 79,000, for a total enrollment of over 106,000. Still, that […]

Continuing Congressional probe into HeathCare.gov debacle

Continuing Congressional probe into HeathCare.gov debacle

Probing whether the White House shares blame for health-care website woes, the House’s chief investigator is delving into technical issues behind the dysfunctional rollout of HealthCare.gov. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will explore concerns about online security in the sixth major congressional hearing since President Barack […]

Democrat claims Republican, not White House, started IRS targeting of right-wing groups

Democrat claims Republican, not White House, started IRS targeting of right-wing groups

A self-described conservative Republican who is a manager in the Internal Revenue Service office that targeted tea party groups told investigators that he, not the White House, set the review in motion, the top Democrat on the House watchdog committee said Sunday. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., released a partial transcript of the House Committee on […]

Republicans continue to seek political gain from Benghazi

Republicans continue to seek political gain from Benghazi

The Republican chairman of the House oversight panel is asking a veteran diplomat and a former chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff for sworn testimony about their investigation into the deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, planned […]

Republicans accuse Obama of Benghazi attack coverup

Republicans accuse Obama of Benghazi attack coverup

House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about last year’s deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race. Republicans on five House committees are pressing ahead with their own investigations despite an exhaustive […]

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week. The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., to the Justice Department, seeks the emails as part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year […]

Republican hypocrisy: Supporting womanizer Scott DesJarlais

Republican hypocrisy: Supporting womanizer Scott DesJarlais

Even in Washington, DC, where hypocrisy rules, Republican Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee stands out. The so-called “social conservative pressured a former lover — a woman he impregnated while married — to have an abortion. Then divorce proceeding from his wife revealed she had two abortions while they were married. DesJarlais, a a rabid right-winger, campaign […]

House right-wingers want three-year freeze on federal pay

House right-wingers want three-year freeze on federal pay

House conservatives want to extend to a full three years the current freeze on cost-of-living pay increases for the nation’s 2 million civilian federal workers. They say that blocking a modest raise proposed by President Barack Obama for the last nine months of this year will save $11 billion over the long run and that […]

Eric Holder found in contempt of Congress after 108 Democrats walk out

Eric Holder found in contempt of Congress after 108 Democrats walk out

Rather than fight and take a stand, 108 Democrats turned tail and ran away Thursday from the battle over a criminal contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, walking out of the House chamber rather than vote. That left 17 Democrats willing to vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt and joining party-line Republicans […]