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Conservatives Are Not the Enemy - Terrorists Are

President Obama has more fire in the belly when talking about conservatives than he does when talking about ISIS.  Mr. President - people who disagree with you are not the enemy.  Terrorists are.  

He can't even define the enemy, much less come up with a strategy to defeat ISIS.  I spoke with Fox & Friends and America's Newsroom this week about the urgent need to focus on defeating ISIS.  Tune in to those clips here and here

Censure Invoked

In a first step toward impeachment, the House Oversight Committee voted this week to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

I get a lot of questions about why Congress doesn’t just fire IRS Commissioner Koskinen, Lois Lerner and others. The answer lies within the Constitution. It gives authority to enforce laws to the president. Only he can fire, arrest and prosecute people.

Fortunately, Congress can shine a light on abuses. I am using every tool at my disposal to hold people accountable – including some that Congress has not tried in a very long time.  If I had the authority to fire Commissioner Koskinen, it would have been done a long time ago.

A Better Way

President Obama's policies have not worked.  The GOP is introducing a bold vision for a confident America.  Our agenda represents a better way to fight poverty; a better way to keep America safe;  a better way to grow our economy;  a better way to do the people's business and a better way to replace Obamacare.

Watch the clip below as I introduce A Better Way to Do the People's Business:

Freedom of Information Act Reform

The end goal of any Oversight Committee investigation is reform.  The Freedom of Information Act investigation has come full circle with the passage of bipartisan reforms designed to improve public access to government documents.  The bill has been lauded by a broad range of organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sunlight Foundation, the Project on Government Oversight and the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Watch below my analysis of the heart of the backlog.

Progress Worth Noting: Congress Strengthens The Freedom Of Information Act And The Public’s Right To KnowHuffington Post, June 17, 2016

Challenging the Failure to Protect Women

How many sexual harassment allegations does it take to fire a federal worker?  National Park Service Director Jarvis testified this week he needs more authority to fire people.  He's not the only one asking.

NPS Chief Asks for More Firing Authority as Lawmakers Deride Agency for Employing ‘Scum’, Gov Exec, June 14, 2016

Postal Reforms

A bipartisan draft proposal to reform the US Postal Service was introduced Wednesday. A summary of the draft can be found here and a complete copy here.


Bipartisan House Leaders Introduce New Proposal to Overhaul the Postal Service Government Executive, June 15, 2015

Jay Evensen: Can Chaffetz fix the Postal Service?  Deseret News, June 22, 2016

 

Tweet of the Week


I never thought that would happen. Thanks Jeopardy! https://www.instagram.com/p/BGdDR2BR_cJ/
9 Jun 2016
 
 

Recommended Reading

Why does the IRS need guns?, Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2016

Examining OIRA's document production on the WOTUS rule, Oversight.house.gov, June 21, 2016

House seeks to give government watchdogs more bite, Washington Post, June 21, 2016

Whistleblowers in defense deserve better, lawmakers say, Stars & Stripes, June 13, 2016

Federal CIO Tony Scott: $3.1 billion IT modernization fund will reorient tech spending, FedTech, June 14, 2016

Daniel Woodruff hikes "Y" mountain to look at improvements, KUTV 2 News, June 14, 2016

        
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