House Oversights - Week of November 27

December 02, 2011 4:34 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

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

The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), attacked the Obama administration this week, claiming the Department of Health and Human Services exercised religious discrimination in denying a grant for sex trafficking victims to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "The Obama administration's bias against Catholics is an affront to religious freedom and a threat to all people," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-TX) Stop Online Piracy Act is facing tremendous opposition; so much so that Thursday, a less strict alternative was proposed by a bipartisan coalition of policymakers that includes Issa, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), among others.

The National Labor Relations Board action against Boeing, Inc. for alleged retaliation against union employees — an investigation that inspired Oversight Committee subpoenas and plenty of controversy — has come to an end. Both sides have settled on a compromise that "creates new union jobs in the Seattle area in exchange for the machinists dropping any opposition to the South Carolina plant."

Issa says he won't join the GOP calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' failed Operation Fast and Furious, but he's also saying: "I'm asking the President to stop having full confidence in Eric Holder unless Eric Holder can start having full confidence in an array of [administration] people who are part of a problem that has not yet really been fixed." Issa added, "stay there and fix it, or go."

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