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Democrats slam House Republicans for changing subpoena rules

February 10, 2015

 Somehow I missed this story but apparently in January House Republicans changed the subpoena rules to grant the Judiciary Committee and the Financial Services Committee new subpoena powers. These new rules allow the majority party to subpoena witnesses without consulting the minority party beforehand.

  Needless to say this has been met with condemnation from the Democratic Party.

  Here is more:

Democratic lawmakers are harshly criticizing House Republicans for altering committee rules governing how chairmen can subpoena witnesses and documents.

In a letter shared with POLITICO, the Democrats slams the GOP conference for changing rules on a number of House committees to make it easier for Republicans to subpoena witnesses without consultation or approval from minority lawmakers – an effort that came as Republicans are preparing aggressive oversight efforts for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.

Sixteen Democrats, all ranking members of House committees, accused Republicans of attempting to create Darrell Issa-like committee structures, referring to the former Oversight and Government Reform chairman who was criticized by Democrats for his dogged probes into the White House.

“For decades, responsible committee chairmen—both Democratic and Republican—recognized that the coercive power of subpoenas should be used only as a last resort, and they obtained the concurrence of the ranking member or called a committee vote before issuing subpoenas,” the lawmakers wrote on Tuesday.

 I will give these Democrats the benefit of the doubt and concede they might have a legitimate point, however it is quite hard to take them seriously on this issue after Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option to change the rule on filibustering some Presidential Judicial nominations. Suddenly now the Democrats are worried about long-standing rules?

  In defending his decision to invoke the nuclear option Harry Reid basically said the Republicans should be thankful for the rule change because when and if they ever win the Presidency it would also make it easier for them to get Presidential Judicial nominees confirmed. 

  Could not the same be said here? The hypocrisy is abounding…

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce permalink
    February 10, 2015 9:31 pm

    Oh no! Tell me it isn’t so! The Democrats are unhappy with the Republicans?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. futuret permalink
    February 10, 2015 9:40 pm

    POLITICAL LABELS DO NOT MEAN A THING:

    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2015/02/10/elected-law-bill-exempt-lawmakers-prosecution-nearly-crimes/

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 11, 2015 6:55 am

      In the end they are on the same side; they are the ruling class and we are the ruled.

      Like

  3. WashingtonSentry.com permalink
    February 11, 2015 12:08 am

    Reblogged this on The Washington Sentry.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 11, 2015 1:16 am

    Reblogged this on Cold Dead Hands Days and commented:
    Good.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. February 11, 2015 1:27 am

    I’m actually passed the point of caring about anyone’s current hypocrisy. We have a lawless President, lawless Attorney General and a basically lawless party, the Democrats. Within pretty broad limits, I’ll sign off on anything that shuts down Obama and his minions.

    The situation is bad enough that we’re better off dealing with the consequences of this action down the road than permitting still more destruction of our law.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Dr. Jeff permalink
    February 11, 2015 4:01 pm

    Add this one to the mix – In New York, there’s talk of raising resisting arrest to a felony. Got it? If a cop is making an illegal arrest or even just throwing his weight around, resisting him becomes a felony.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/02/10/384990293/nypds-top-cop-wants-to-make-it-a-felony-to-resist-arrest

    Like

  7. lou222 permalink
    February 11, 2015 6:44 pm

    Double standards!

    Liked by 1 person

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