House Oversights - Week of November 6

November 11, 2011 11:08 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

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

Darrell Issa

California Watch identifies several Californian members of Congress whose net worth of over $9 million puts them in the top 1 percent of American households. Rep. Darrell Issa (R) tops the list, and as we noted this week, he has used his power to advocate for the interests of the 1 percent.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), the member of the House Oversight Committee who infamously attacked consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren last spring, has already raised over $63,000 from finance and credit companies for the 2012 election, according to Carolina Public Press.

The ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), is expressing concerns that Boeing has been trying to inappropriately influence lawmakers to take action against the National Labor Relations Board, which has opened an investigation into possible illegal anti-labor retaliation on the part of Boeing's executives.

The Press-Enterprise is reporting that Issa is now investigating the California Air Resources Board for their "role in negotiations that led to tough new fuel economy standards." In a letter for information, Issa accuses CARB of, among other things, being secretive and taking "vows of silence" during inter-organizational talks to establish industry-wide fuel economy standards.