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Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential 'czars'
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Posted on 01/06/2011 1:56:14 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential 'czars' By Michael O'Brien - 01/06/11 04:15 PM ET

A group of House Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to rein in the various "czars" in the Obama administration.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers President Obama has employed over the past two years.

The legislation, which was introduced in the last Congress but was not allowed to advance under Democratic control, would do away with the 39 czars Obama has employed during his administration.

The bill defines a czar as "a head of any task force, council, policy office within the Executive Office of the President, or similar office established by or at the direction of the President" who is appointed to a position that would otherwise require Senate confirmation.

Republicans had complained about the president's use of czars to help advance his agenda in Congress. In particular, the GOP had harped about the personal history of Van Jones, the president's czar for "green jobs," over past comments Jones had made about Fox News came to light. Jones eventually resigned.

Another prominent czar over the past year was Carol Browner, the president's energy and environmental adviser. She helped head up efforts in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the ultimately unsuccessful effort for an energy and climate bill from Congress.

Republicans introduced several bills to eliminate czars in the last Congress, but similar legislation could conceivably advance in the House now that the GOP controls the chamber.

"We haven’t gotten an indication of an exact timeline for committee action, considering that the bill was just filed yesterday," said Scalise spokesman Stephen Bell. "We hope to have this discussion in the near future as the congressman works to pursue all the bills he has introduced in the 112th Congress."


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So it begins...........hee, hee......
1 posted on 01/06/2011 1:56:17 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Good. Let’s hope the pubbies don’t wilt like they usually do when the dims and their media allies start screaming like stuck pigs.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 1:57:54 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Tralala boom-dee-aye!)
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To: Sub-Driver
YES!

Congress needs to reassert its constitutional authority ;the executive branch has grown too much in power under both parties .

3 posted on 01/06/2011 1:59:21 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Read the Constitution, slam the CBO report, and now this.

So far, so good.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 1:59:33 PM PST by lesko
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To: Sub-Driver

Ha! I posted this to my FB page to annoy all the dumbass liberals!


5 posted on 01/06/2011 1:59:46 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: reagan_fanatic

I’m not getting my hopes up.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 1:59:50 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Sub-Driver

good!


7 posted on 01/06/2011 1:59:56 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

How are these czars paid? Pull the plug on that.


8 posted on 01/06/2011 2:00:02 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

9 posted on 01/06/2011 2:00:27 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: Sub-Driver

Can we ban commies from the white house staff too while we are at it?


10 posted on 01/06/2011 2:00:34 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Sub-Driver

11 posted on 01/06/2011 2:01:18 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Cheetahcat

Who knows? Obama has been so secretive about them. Many of them we don’t know where their pay is coming from. Shady bastard.


12 posted on 01/06/2011 2:01:28 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Sub-Driver

Sweet! lol


13 posted on 01/06/2011 2:01:33 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Dang! This deal, and the report that DOJ is about to be called on the rug, is beginning to give me a little faith in the new posse in town.


14 posted on 01/06/2011 2:02:04 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s a start.

Defund them when you write the budget.


15 posted on 01/06/2011 2:02:18 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Like the repeal of 0bamacare scheduled for House vote on Jan. 12th, this will get some debate and won’t make it through the Senate to get vetoed by 0bama. If this gets killed in the Senate or gets vetoed, it can lead to investigations of all of the czars and their funding.


16 posted on 01/06/2011 2:02:23 PM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Keep it up, 112th! Even if it gets nowhere, you can at least help us have something to smile about once in awhile for the next 2 years. This is a great one! And, as Rush has suggested, introduce a new bill to repeal Obamacare every week. Keep the ‘Rats so busy playing defense that they can’t inflict as much harm during this session.


17 posted on 01/06/2011 2:02:58 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: Tucker39

Don’t get all het up yet.......


18 posted on 01/06/2011 2:03:21 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Sub-Driver

Beautiful. And the Republicans can claim this as a cost cutting measure. I’d like the see the RATS try and defend these Czars. That will be interesting.


19 posted on 01/06/2011 2:03:29 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: GraceG

The 1940 Smith Act is still law I believe.


20 posted on 01/06/2011 2:03:29 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Sub-Driver

What about Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings, the homo pederast?


21 posted on 01/06/2011 2:03:30 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver
Zero out any funding for the executive branch that pays for czars...no money, no czars...unless Barry wants to dig into his personal stash.
22 posted on 01/06/2011 2:03:54 PM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Say goodbye...

1. Herbert Allison Jr., bailout czar, [replaced Bush bailout czar Neel Kashkari, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability confirmed by Senate]

2. Alan Bersin, border czar

3. Dennis Blair, intelligence czar [Director of National Intelligence, a Senate confirmed position]

4. John Brennan, counterterrorism czar

5. Carol Browner, energy czar

6. Adolfo Carrion, urban affairs czar

7. Ashton Carter, weapons czar [actually Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and so subject to Senate confirmation]

8. Aneesh Chopra, technology czar

9. Jeffrey Crowley, [openly gay white man] AIDS czar

10. Cameron Davis, Great Lakes czar

11. Nancy-Ann DeParle, health czar

12. Earl Devaney, stimulus oversight czar

13. Joshua DuBois, religion czar, aka God czar

14. Arne Duncan, education czar

15. Kenneth Feinberg, pay czar

16. Daniel Fried, Guantanamo closure czar

17. J. Scott Gration, Sudan czar

18. Melissa Hathaway, [soon to be] cybersecurity czar

19. David J. Hayes, water czar [a Deputy Interior Secretary and therefore subject to Senate oversight]

20. Richard Holbrooke, Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) czar

21. John Holdren, science czar

22. Kevin Jennings, safe schools czar [nominated to be Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, a newly created post; openly gay founder of an organization dedicated to promoting pro-homosexual clubs and curricula in public schools]

23. Van Jones, green jobs czar

24. Gil Kerlikowske, drug czar

25. Ron Kirk, trade czar

26. Vivek Kundra, infotech czar [Shoplifted four shirts, worth $33.50 each, from J.C. Penney in 1996 (source)]

27. Douglas Lute, war czar [retained from Bush administration, married to Jane Holl Lute, currently a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security]

28. George Mitchell, Mideast peace czar

29. Ed Montgomery, car czar [replacing Steve Rattner, who stepped down amid controversy over his former firm’s role in a possible kickback scandal]

30. Lynn Rosenthal, domestic violence czar

31. Dennis Ross, Mideast policy czar

32. Gary Samore, weapons of mass destruction czar

33. Todd Stern, climate change czar

34. Cass Sunstein, regulatory czar

35. Larry Summers, economic czar

36. Michael Taylor, food czar

37. Arturo Valenzuela, Latin-American czar (nominee) [although this post is referred to as a czar, he is nominated to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and so is subject to Senate confirmation]

38. Paul Volcker, economic czar number two

39. Elizabeth Warren, TARP czar [chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Assets Relief Program; note that Herb Allison is more frequently called the TARP czar]

40. Jeffrey Zients, government performance czar [replaced original nominee Nancy Killefer who withdrew her name after issues with her personal income tax filings surfaced]
Positions established but not yet filled:

41. behavioral science czar

42. copyright czar
Positions being planned:

1. income redistribution czar
2. land-use czar
3. consumer financial protection czar, aka mortgage czar (source)
4. radio-internet fairness czar
5. student loan czar, to oversee a program of mandatory service in return for college money (source)
6. voter list czar
7. zoning czar

From http://endgamenow.com/new-world-order/the-compleat-list-of-obama-czars/


23 posted on 01/06/2011 2:05:09 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: Sub-Driver

Defund all of them along with their staffs.


24 posted on 01/06/2011 2:05:33 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Sub-Driver

Eliminate?

Rather drastic.

That’s probably a good thing.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 2:05:47 PM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hallelujah!

Czars have no place running the USA!!!!!!!


26 posted on 01/06/2011 2:06:24 PM PST by tutstar
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To: Sub-Driver

Very happy to see the Repubs are wasting no time.


27 posted on 01/06/2011 2:06:52 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sub-Driver

bill of attender that everything that they tried to do is null and void. as well as their salaries are refunded. these positions were political favors nothing more. if they refuse to leave quietly arrest the SOBs and put their butts in a federal prison.


28 posted on 01/06/2011 2:07:13 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Sub-Driver

Would not this be a job for the Senate? I hope the Republicans do not waste this opportunity tilting at windmills. Immigration reform, money problems etc. are fa more important.


29 posted on 01/06/2011 2:07:54 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Sub-Driver

The communists had a good idea on what to do with czars....Just saying...


30 posted on 01/06/2011 2:08:19 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Sub-Driver

The communists had a good idea on what to do with czars....Just saying...


31 posted on 01/06/2011 2:08:19 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s a start.


32 posted on 01/06/2011 2:09:16 PM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I Luv it! I do not think it will go anywhere, still a good start!


33 posted on 01/06/2011 2:09:52 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: surroundedbyblue

“Who knows? Obama has been so secretive about them. Many of them we don’t know where their pay is coming from. Shady bastard.”

That is scary.


34 posted on 01/06/2011 2:11:42 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Time to give Obama a spanking.


35 posted on 01/06/2011 2:12:08 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: lesko
Read the Constitution, slam the CBO report, and now this.

All of the 1st year of the 111'th it seemed that each and every day there were new atrocities coming out of congress and the prez. Couldn't keep up with 'em. Those that sowed the wind will now reap the whirlwind of payback!

36 posted on 01/06/2011 2:12:52 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Sub-Driver
They'll cave.

They aren't known as the "stupid party" for nothing.

37 posted on 01/06/2011 2:13:13 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve been thinking some things through, but it has been a long time since a vetoed bill has come back to be overruled.

That is something that can still be done?

The U.S constitution gives a 2/3 majority Congress the power to override the Presidential veto.


38 posted on 01/06/2011 2:13:44 PM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Cheetahcat
How are these czars paid?

They are paid with

POWER!


39 posted on 01/06/2011 2:13:50 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites" - Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Lucky9teen

#20 died last month.


40 posted on 01/06/2011 2:13:55 PM PST by proudpapa (Proudpapa)
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To: Lucky9teen

#20 died last month.


41 posted on 01/06/2011 2:14:03 PM PST by proudpapa (Proudpapa)
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To: lesko
So far, so good.

I hope this isn't all just disingenuous theater to look good starting out. Unless they maintain this track, we're dead.

42 posted on 01/06/2011 2:15:18 PM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Time to give Obama a spanking.


43 posted on 01/06/2011 2:15:18 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: reagan_fanatic

Rino pigs are a little nervous lately as their kind is becomming extinct. So too are alot of dems.
Maybe this batch of pubbies are a more manley form of conservative?

Good point though as far too often the pubbie try to cozie uop to the M.S.M. scum.


44 posted on 01/06/2011 2:16:19 PM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: ridesthemiles
"Richard Holbrooke, Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) czar:

Richard Holbrooke: Deceased Czar.

45 posted on 01/06/2011 2:16:34 PM PST by StormEye
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To: Sub-Driver

How about introducing a bill to cut to ribbons the salaries of presidential czars? Then they’ll go away by themselves.


46 posted on 01/06/2011 2:17:17 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: Lucky9teen; Sub-Driver; LucyT

A big step in the right direction!!!


47 posted on 01/06/2011 2:17:27 PM PST by danamco (')
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To: Sub-Driver

wow, you mean BO can’t payoff his clueless buddies with taxpayer dollars. What has corruption come to? Very sad. Moochelle will be devastated.


48 posted on 01/06/2011 2:18:20 PM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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and staff ... AND STAFF !

These are the 'jobs' ... "created"

49 posted on 01/06/2011 2:18:52 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Cheetahcat
"How are these czars paid?"

Obama's stash.

50 posted on 01/06/2011 2:18:57 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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