House Oversights - Week of October 23

October 28, 2011 1:50 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

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

Darrell Issa

For the past several weeks, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been directing the House Oversight Committee he chairs to investigate federal loan guarantees to a now-bankrupt solar power company named Solyndra. But last Wednesday, Issa attended a fundraiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign that was hosted by a Solyndra lobbyist. Issa was used to draw people to the event.

Issa has another federal loan guarantee in his sights — a Department of Energy promise to Severstal North America, a manufacturer of advanced high-strength steel that Issa believes doesn't need the money. Issa wants the commitment reversed, despite the loan's bipartisan support.

Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-TX) Judiciary Committee has produced the Stop Online Piracy Act this week, which Markham Erickson, executive director of the Open Internet Coalition, says "will regulate the Internet" and "reverse decades of federal policies that have made the U.S. Internet industry so successful, innovative, and a cornerstone of U.S. competitiveness."

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), head of a House subcommittee investigating Solyndra, opposes government loan guarantees for early-stage green energy companies. He told Climate Progress he thinks that companies that are already successful should be receiving tax credits and subsidies.