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Issa investigates GAO auditors in battle over for-profit schools

January 18, 2011 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is making trouble for the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan government watchdog. Issa has started his own committee's investigation of GAO's Forensic Audit and Special Investigations Unit after GAO revised a report issued in the summer outlining alleged fraudulent recruiting ...

Maryland lawmaker gets top Democratic House oversight spot

December 17, 2010 It took a few days, but House Democrats have settled on Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland to be the Oversight and Government Affairs Committee's ranking member. His chief responsibility next year will be to go head-to-head with the incoming chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Cummings beat out a senior committee ...

Education likely will escape the ax

October 28, 2010 Tea party Republicans want to ax the Education Department, and Democrats are encouraging voters to question their common sense, running TV ads warning of unmanageable class sizes and rising property taxes. It's an election perennial. Since the department was created in 1979, Republicans have had it on their hit list. ...

House panel asks congressional budget office to score immigration bill

March 28, 2008 The House Judiciary Committee has asked the Congressional Budget Office to assess the cost of an immigration enforcement bill sponsored by Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., which will likely place a hefty pay/go barrier in its path to the House floor. House Republicans are attempting to force the bill to the ...

Business coalition steps up campaign for more high-skilled work visas

March 27, 2008 Compete America, a coalition of businesses seeking more high-skilled work visas, Thursday will begin distributing mock H-1B lottery cards to Capitol Hill offices to call attention to the Homeland Security Department's system for meting them out. The scratch cards offer two options: "Sorry, you lose. Pack your bags and take ...

HHS report reignites fight over profit margins in Medicare

January 11, 2008 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Friday said they would seek information from the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general about fees that community pharmacies incur when distributing prescriptions through Medicare Part D. A new report from the department's OIG found ...

Senator probes HHS help line

November 16, 2007 Senate Aging Committee ranking member Gordon Smith, R-Ore., is on a campaign to improve telephone customer service at HHS. In preparation for an appearance by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Kerry Weems before the committee, Smith conducted his own investigation of the service provided by 1-800-MEDICARE, CMS's ...

Immigration bill blocked as Senate undecideds join foes

June 28, 2007 The Senate on Thursday dealt a fatal blow to President Bush's immigration plan, as a coalition of Republicans and Democrats refused to go along with their leaders' pleas to move forward with the politically explosive bill. Supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate. The vote ...

Immigration measure clears one hurdle, but others await

June 26, 2007 Legislation to overhaul the country's immigration laws passed a key procedural hurdle Tuesday, as the Senate voted 64-35 to move to the bill and put it on track for a final vote later this week. The legislation, backed by the White House and most Democrats, must clear at least two ...

Senate may vote on immigration reform measure Friday

June 25, 2007 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., intends to file a second cloture petition Tuesday on a sweeping immigration measure, setting up a Thursday vote to limit debate. If that motion is approved, a final vote would occur Friday, possibly after a "vote-a-rama" on amendments, Democratic leadership aides said Monday. The ...