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Among the Republicans who couldn't wait to take over the majority in the U.S. House, no one seems to have a more ambitious agenda than California's Darrell Issa. Sure, he may have been distracted briefly by a toilet equality bill and is ready to give the U.S. Postal Service an ear-ringing bitchslap. But that's an easy target.
Don't forget, Issa took a few swings at the New York Fed over Maiden Lane. He's got more in mind now.
Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high-profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress.Now, not that Politico isn't a good place to drop a few hints about whatever may be upcoming. But the congressman already follows Jr Deputy Accountant on Twitter. What would be the harm in a sly tweet @adrigonzo with a few details? Who would she tell?
According to an outline of hearing topics obtained by POLITICO, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is also planning to investigate how regulation affects job creation, the roles of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis, recalls at the Food and Drug Administration and the failure of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to agree on the causes of the market meltdown.
The sweeping and specific hearing agenda shows that Issa plans to cut a wide swath as chairman, latching onto hot-button issues that could make his committee the center of attention in the opening months of the 112th Congress. By grabbing such a wide portfolio — especially in national security matters — Issa is also laying down a marker of sorts, which could cement his panel as the go-to place for investigations.
An order for hearings has not been set and witnesses have not yet been notified. The committee staff is still moving offices, and subcommittees are currently being organized. Hearings aren’t likely to begin until late January or early February.