It’s an opportunity that has some Republicans salivating: becoming the next Darrell Issa.
The California Republican’s perch atop the headline-grabbing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee doesn’t wrap up until the end of this year, but a high-profile group of Republicans is already jockeying to take his gavel.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah wants it and is building up chits among his colleagues. Veteran Rep. John Mica of Florida is considering making a run for the job. Ohio Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Turner have thrown their names into the mix.
The contest is shaping up to be one of the most intense power struggles in the House, and the result will have major implications. The job will immediately transform the winner into a national force as President Barack Obama’s chief tormentor in Congress, wielding huge influence — and subpoena power — over the last two years of his administration.
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Washington • The National Football League — the highly profitable and most popular sports organization in the United States — has nonprofit status and therefore is not taxable.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has a bill to change that and he timed its introduction to fall on the NFL’s Super Bowl week.
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OREM -- For the past year Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has talked mostly about one topic: Benghazi.
A large majority of his TV interviews, tweets and town halls focused around what was going on with the investigation and what he had learned about what happened on Sep. 11, 2012 in Libya at the U.S. Embassy.
Some have questioned if his Benghazi motives are political, as it could have been seen as a black eye on the Obama campaign at the time and it is a mark against former Secretary of State and potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but in a town hall style meeting held at Utah Valley University on Friday Chaffetz said his consistent push on Benghazi was about one thing -- finding out the truth.
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