House Oversights - Week Of September 18

September 23, 2011 12:17 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

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

Darrell Issa

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican 2012 presidential nomination after previously saying of Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "His entire claim to fame is all the jobs he created. He took almost all of them from [California]."

Issa has called for an investigation of Solyndra and the green energy loan process administered by the government. ThinkProgress notes that Issa himself has requested similar loans in the past, specifically for Aptera Motors, which is financially backed by a major Issa campaign contributor.

Fishbowl DC reports that Kurt Bardella, Issa's on-again-off-again staffer, has returned to press duties for the Oversight Committee and is promoting stories published by his former employer, the Daily Caller.

Fellow Republicans are calling on Issa to investigate "apparent 'administration bias'" by the Federal Communications Commission "for approving LightSquared's proposal for its broadband networks." Issa confirmed that he's looking into it.

The National Labor Relations Board has been assaulted on all fronts this week. The Wall Street Journal notes that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against the NLRB, a bill was introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) that would strip the agency of much of its power and Rep. John Kline (R-MN) publicly declared that the NLRB's goal is to "expand the power of big labor...whatever the costs to the American people."