House Oversights - Week of October 9

October 14, 2011 11:47 am ET — Brian Powell

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

Rep. Lamar Smith

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill, H.R. 313, last week that would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make it a punishable crime to "enter into a conspiracy within the United States to possess or traffic illegal controlled substances outside the United States." For example, the bill would criminalize conversations between friends planning a trip to Amsterdam to smoke marijuana — an activity that is legal in The Netherlands, but not in the United States.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) is not happy with the Occupy Wall Street movement. He called the protestors "anarchists" who have "no sense of purpose other than a basically anti-American tone and anti-capitalist." He warned that the country should not give them legitimacy.

The House Oversight Committee is mulling an investigation of the National Football League over its Human Growth Hormone testing policies. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) are meeting today with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and representatives of the NFL Players Association to discuss the matter.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) is now investigating NASA. Last Friday, he sent a letter to NASA's inspector general calling for an investigation into the alleged politicization of the agency. Smith is following up on claims that NASA is guilty of "mismanagement of agency resources" to "benefit Democratic political goals."