Chaffetz Brings Bipartisanship Back to Oversight Panel
Jason Chaffetz first came to Congress in 2009 with a specific goal in mind: chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Just six years later, he’s taken over the helm of the powerful panel, and tried to do a bit of reform.
The committee was famously contentious during the chairmanship of Chaffetz’s predecessor, Darrell Issa, who often rankled Democrats on the panel and was a thorn in the side of the Obama administration, conducting what it viewed as overly partisan, less than substantive investigations. Among the high-profile matters it spotlighted were the IRS singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny, the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal and the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Republicans argue that Issa did important work on the committee and led necessary, substantive investigations, though there is little disagreement that he was a fierce partisan warrior.
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