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Republicans introduce bill to eliminate presidential 'czars'
The Hill ^

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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To: King Moonracer

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

It’s kind of ironic that the first “czar” (Director of the White House Drug Abuse Policy a.k.a. the Drug Czar) was put in place by Ronald Reagan.


61 posted on 01/06/2011 2:31:21 PM PST by NC28203
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To: EBH
If I understand correctly, you are talking about congress giving the executive branch power to make binding laws(regulations). That is of enormous concern and people seem to be waking up to the fact that the combination of executive and legislative power is very dangerous. On the other hand the mere fact this clown names a bunch of human offal to make wise pronouncements, while annoying and should be addressed, is at present less important than immigration, economic issues etc. This current crop of officeholders scarcely deserves the term government.
62 posted on 01/06/2011 2:35:18 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well its certainly about time!


63 posted on 01/06/2011 2:35:51 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: NC28203

The original Czars were not meant to have much power, they were meant to be mostly advisory positions, that would take some of the work off the shoulders of the president on issues like drug use. If you recall, the anti-drug program was Nancy Reagan’s big issue.

So, this would be like Obama appointing a Czar of children’s nutrition for Michelle.


64 posted on 01/06/2011 2:36:41 PM PST by Eva
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To: Nightshift

gnip


65 posted on 01/06/2011 2:37:46 PM PST by tutstar
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To: Sub-Driver

This is turning out to be a GREAT DAY!


66 posted on 01/06/2011 2:37:54 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m not so stupid to think this may pass Senate but the principal can be resolved and then it can be tacked onto something else that is vital... make the spinate pass it and dumbo sign it. Trench warfare taking as few prisoners as possible.

Bring it to the floor, read it for two days, debate it for one, vote and defund... 4 days max.

No need for committee. That is a House rule isn’t it and not Constitutional?

GO.


67 posted on 01/06/2011 2:38:08 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: Sub-Driver

A decent start. “Wait and see” mode engaged.


68 posted on 01/06/2011 2:39:03 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Sub-Driver

On target...fire for effect!


69 posted on 01/06/2011 2:47:23 PM PST by Zathras
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To: All

Boehner and the gang aren’t letting any grass grow... This is fun to watch...


70 posted on 01/06/2011 3:01:24 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Lucky9teen

The term “czar” is incorrect. The CORRECT term for this administration is “Commissar”.


71 posted on 01/06/2011 3:01:31 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Sub-Driver

Put Obambi on a budget ... defund anything he does with an executive order ....


72 posted on 01/06/2011 3:04:13 PM PST by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: Sub-Driver


73 posted on 01/06/2011 3:06:12 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Actually, the best method for Congress to restrain an overreaching executive branch is to withdraw funding from whatever they want to kill. Funding bills need to originate in the House, so this is something the House should do rather than the Senate.
74 posted on 01/06/2011 3:14:50 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: JPG
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.

As part of their plan to destroy America, I believe George Soros funds/funded them....not the government or congrss or the president. They form a real fifth column within...

75 posted on 01/06/2011 3:15:29 PM PST by Rapscallion (Will history judge that Obama and Soros destroyed our America?)
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To: StormEye
Richard Holbrooke: Deceased Czar.

Now Czar of Voting Rights for the Undocumented and Unliving?

76 posted on 01/06/2011 3:19:24 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Giving back a little of what has been given to me: Proud monthly sponsor of FR.)
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To: xtinct

And while they are at it, they could cut 3/4 of the FLOTUS staff.


77 posted on 01/06/2011 3:24:17 PM PST by Suz in AZ
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To: Sub-Driver

Day One of Good News! :)


78 posted on 01/06/2011 3:26:55 PM PST by LUV W (Thank God)
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To: Sub-Driver

Excellent!!!

They are starting well. Of COURSE, we all realize that the Dems will put roadblocks in the way....and to REALLY accomplish getting government reined in will take TIME. Let us hope, pray and support the good that they do....as it BEGINS.


79 posted on 01/06/2011 3:28:21 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Sub-Driver

DEFUND DEFUND DEFUND...........


80 posted on 01/06/2011 3:28:43 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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