House Oversights - Week of October 2

October 07, 2011 12:30 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

Rep. Peter King

"Why do you want to know?" Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) responded to questions from Politico about the size of the GOP's Solyndra investigation team. Beyond the two or three people leading the investigation, Republicans are refusing to disclose the number or identities of the staff they've tasked with investigating the issue.

The Irish Times reports that Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) hosted four former members of the Ulster Defence Association, a terrorist group formerly committed to combating Irish republicanism. According to the Times, "Because of their paramilitary pasts, the state department had to provide waivers for them to receive U.S. visas."

Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Issa (R-CA) is demanding answers from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) about what Issa believes are exorbitant and wasteful FHFA contracts with private law firms. Meanwhile, Sue Reisinger at wonders whether the FHFA can invoke attorney-client privilege.

House Oversight Committee Republicans have been waging war on the financially-struggling U.S. Postal Service for weeks. Rural post offices are in danger of being shut down. While Senate Democrats have proposed the Protecting Rural Post Offices Act, Oversight Republicans in the House want to require the state of Alaska to pay $70 million a year to keep mail services up and running there.