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House Committee Looks to Hold Administrator in Contempt of Congress

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is weighing a vote on a resolution to hold the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator in contempt, with Chairman Jason Chaffetz leading the charge while House Democrats stand in opposition.

The resolution was originally obtained by Federal Times and recommends that the House hold OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski in contempt of Congress.

The issue stems from a year-long conflict over the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory powers over waterways nation-wide, and OIRA’s correspondence related to the expansion of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The Committee has been seeking document disclosure from OIRA within OMB.

The proposed resolution states:

“Mr. Shelanski has failed to comply, and an unknown number of responsive documents are being withheld. Further, Mr. Shelanski and his staff testified at Committee hearings about their intentions, specifically, that he does not plan to comply with the legal obligation imposed by the Committee’s subpoena.”

Last week, OMB gave the Committee access to more than 13,000 documents and maintained it would complete a review of the requested documents by June 22nd.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are voicing their opposition to the resolution.

"OIRA and OMB have made great efforts to comply with the committee’s unreasonable demands for documents over a nine-year period, yet Republicans leaked a report they knew—they knew—was inaccurate and riddled with errors," Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), said. 

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Tags: OMB, Office of Management and Budget, house of representatives



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