House Oversights - Week of July 24

July 29, 2011 12:34 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

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

One of Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) most prominent targets, the National Labor Relations Board, has rebuffed Issa's demands for documents relating to NLRB's investigation of Boeing Co. for potential retaliatory acts against union members. As Issa threatens to send subpoenas, Oversight Committee Democrats are accusing him of using his committee authority inappropriately to "assist a private party."

The House Judiciary Committee passed the "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act" by a vote of 19 to 10, despite concerns about data privacy. The bill will force Internet Service Providers to store a year's worth of their customers' IP addresses and protects the ISPs from liability for retaining it and handing it over to law enforcement.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she will recommend that President Obama veto the appropriations bill passed by the House Foreign Relations Committee, calling it "debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy."

Oversight Republican Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is using the debate over our nation's debt to fill his fundraising coffers. On Wednesday, McHenry held a $1,000-a-plate dinner at a Washington, D.C. French restaurant founded by famed chef Michel Richard.

Two House Armed Services subcommittee chairs joined two other Republican members in a Politico op-ed criticizing "the avalanche of military spending cuts being discussed — from President Barack Obama's $400 billion proposal to the Senate's Gang of Six proposal that could cut up to $886 billion."

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