Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What is happening at the House Oversight and Reform Committee?

Facing a Republican demand for a vote on subpoenaing Bank of America for the records of the Countrywide VIP program, the Oversight and Government Committee Majority today met in private for more than thirty minutes and decided to abandon a scheduled 2 p.m. committee mark-up at 2:35 pm without appearing on the dais to formally convened the meeting. Republican members were forced to sit in the hearing room while Democrats mulled to position. While the Majority cited a conflict with a Financial Services Committee meeting for the after-the-fact cancellation explanation, numerous Democrats, including those on the Financial Services Committee, were captured on video leaving the Oversight Committee meeting space after the cancellation.

Worse, still it looks like the Chairmen actually ordered that the locks be changed the on the committee room door to punish Republican members for taping the hearing with a video camera, according to this article in The Hill.

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