House Oversights - Week of July 3

July 08, 2011 2:16 pm ET — Brian Powell

A weekly roundup of what House Republicans are and aren't doing with their committees.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has flip-flopped on recent calls for acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Kenneth Melson to resign.

House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) quibbled with liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas in dueling op-eds published in The Hill. In response to Moulitsas' criticism of Smith's E-Verify bill, Smith repeated tired myths about illegal immigration.

Speaking of E-Verify, business leaders from the agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality sectors voiced opposition to the measure, stating Tuesday that Smith's mandatory verification program would harm small businesses.

The Courage Campaign's Issa Exposed blog highlights the conflict of interest inherent in next week's House Oversight hearing into the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The investigation of the entity charged with holding Wall Street accountable for its role in the 2009 economic crisis will be led by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who has received fistfuls of money from Wall Street interests.

The Hill notes questions surrounding whether Oversight Committee YouTube videos are "blurring of the lines between Issa's political goals and his responsibilities as committee chairman."

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