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Applicants Needed for Oversight and Reform of Oversight and Reform Committee

In a news release today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced that in the interests of Oversight and Reform they would be accepting applicants for the position of Supervisor of Oversight and Reform of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The qualified applicant must have experience with recalcitrant children and have proven ability in the training and instilling of respectful behavior in all ages. Mothers and grandmothers between the ages of 45 to 65 who have successfully reared their children to mature adulthood will receive special consideration.

Late Tuesday afternoon, The Hill reported:

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.

Now why would he do such a thing?

Last Thursday Committee Republicans, led by Issa, were poised to force an open vote on the subpoenas [re: Countrywide Mortgage & VIP deals] at a Committee mark-up meeting. The mark-up was abruptly canceled. Only Republicans showed up while Democrats chairs remained empty….

Republicans charged that Towns cancelled the meeting to avoid the subpoena vote. Democrats first claimed the mark-up was canceled due to a conflict with the Financial Services Committee. Later they said it was abandoned after a disagreement among Democratic members on whether to subpoena records on the mortgage industry’s political contributions to Republicans.

A GOP committee staffer captured video of Democrats leaving their separate meeting in private chambers after the mark-up was supposed to have begun….

“It’s not surprising that they would choose to retaliate given the embarrassment we caused by catching them in a lie on tape,” said Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella.

Crossposted to Be John Galt and J’s Cafe Nette.
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H/T: Hot Air (link), The Hill, The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Republicans.