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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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To: Sub-Driver

So far I have been right proud of our boys in the house, and am so enjoying how the dummiecrats are spitting and spouting about how they are being left out of the process. heh heh!

Payback is a real bite, ain’t it!


51 posted on 01/06/2011 2:19:17 PM PST by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
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.

Depends on your POV, I think they are a huge concern especially since we've recently seen things like:

EPA Green House Gas Rules

Net Neutrality Rules

Re-emergence of Death Panels...

and those are just the most recent ones that come to mind. These czars advance the agendas without the rule of law, but through the exceptions to the law, that makes them more dangerous than congress. We all thought Cap N Tax was what needed to be fought, it is us...who were tilting with windmills.

52 posted on 01/06/2011 2:19:27 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: lesko

It IS lookin’ good, ain’t it !


53 posted on 01/06/2011 2:19:57 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: BwanaNdege

“They are paid with
POWER!”

Right that is the end game here.


54 posted on 01/06/2011 2:20:34 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“How are these czars paid?”

Obama’s stash.”

Exactly, there needs to be hearings on these clowns.


55 posted on 01/06/2011 2:21:38 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Lucky9teen

Wow! Thanks for the list!


56 posted on 01/06/2011 2:22:40 PM PST by livius
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To: Sub-Driver

DEFUND it ALL.


57 posted on 01/06/2011 2:22:51 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: Lucky9teen

They forget the Poor Wh*re Czar to oversee the stimulation of destitute protitutes....


58 posted on 01/06/2011 2:25:14 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: knarf

I’m very happy about this. Bambi’s end-run around the Constitution - essentially usurping legislative authority through the appointment of czars who impose policies administratively - may be at an end.

And we’ve got to walk back every step of it. He has already done enormous damage to the US and it must be undone.

Good start, Congress!


59 posted on 01/06/2011 2:26:04 PM PST by livius
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To: Sub-Driver

Go get ‘em, boys and girls...


60 posted on 01/06/2011 2:26:26 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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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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To: kevinm13
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81 posted on 01/06/2011 3:28:50 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well I can not wait til President Palin appoints the Firing Czar. In charge of firing all Liberals infesting the government.


82 posted on 01/06/2011 3:30:16 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Beware the Big Government Media Complex)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Czar is a Slavic term derived from the Latin word Caesar, meant emperor in the European medieval sense of the term, that is, a ruler who claims the same rank as a Roman emperor, with the approval of another emperor or a supreme ecclesiastical official (the Pope or the Ecumenical Patriarch).”

From Wikipedia.

In crossword parlance: DESPOT. Need I add more?


83 posted on 01/06/2011 3:30:46 PM PST by Monkey Face (A fig! A fig upon you, you charlatan liberals!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Good start but please don't forget to hammer the Democrat communists in the Senate. We need the votes there. Dig and expose them. Force embarrassment. House to set up investigation on every one that is corrupt.
84 posted on 01/06/2011 3:32:24 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Sub-Driver

Bump!


85 posted on 01/06/2011 3:37:39 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: Cheetahcat

I would guess they’re paid from the president’s discretionary spending.


86 posted on 01/06/2011 3:38:14 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good news, the Czars are very radical and intentionally used to bypass us.


87 posted on 01/06/2011 3:40:02 PM PST by opentalk
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To: Sub-Driver
Bumpers so I can annoy my leftist "friends" later!

This could get good!

88 posted on 01/06/2011 3:42:49 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: Sub-Driver

OK, everybody needs to get on the horn to Congress and give them the atta boys and girls and continued encouragement.


89 posted on 01/06/2011 3:43:09 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: Sub-Driver

Speaking of Obama & cronies, I do hope biz is ready for the Chicago-style strong-arming that’s coming their way from his new chief of staff.


90 posted on 01/06/2011 3:46:17 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Lucky9teen

43. Nicholas II, Czar of Russia

I’m starting to believe that the Tea Party Pubbies are smoldering- almost on fire. I can’t wait until 2012.


91 posted on 01/06/2011 3:50:08 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.......

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation

(Time for Congress to also read the Declaration of Independence)


92 posted on 01/06/2011 3:51:18 PM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: King Moonracer

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


You do NOT know what you are saying...


93 posted on 01/06/2011 3:52:31 PM PST by eleni121 (MY HERO GREGORY THE V - a living saint hanged and dragged by the ungodly muslims and their allies)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Let’s not forget that it’s up to us to cheer them on and let them know that we appreciate everything they’re doing.
We need to write, call, e-mail our kudos and agreement every time they do us proud. That will go a long way to build up their resolve and keep them on the right track.

It’s going to be mind-boggling what the MessSM and the Democrats are going to throw at these people. They need encouragement daily.

Someone should warn them that, in all probability, a few battalions of call-girls, male prostitutes and undercover grunts have already been dispatched to insure their downfall. Americans are getting less and less tolerant of such scandals. Should lawmakers be held to a higher standard? YES! Along with sports figures, pop stars and anyone else who is trusted to set an example for society.

A lot depends on this Congress. Let’s help them all we can.


94 posted on 01/06/2011 3:57:19 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Sub-Driver

FDR started the sordid practice- who else? It grew until Bush 2 at 32 and now Obummer at 39. (Reagan had one)

Time’s up - the sooner the better.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._executive_branch_czars


95 posted on 01/06/2011 3:58:20 PM PST by eleni121 (MY HERO GREGORY THE V - a living saint hanged and dragged by the ungodly muslims and their allies)
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To: Sub-Driver

Introduce a bill outlawing communism and socialism as subversive ideologies antithetical to Americanism, and I’ll really feel all warm and fuzzy...

But hey...one step at a time.


96 posted on 01/06/2011 3:58:22 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Sub-Driver
W had 32 czars. Obama has 39. Czars are another thing we can thank FDR for. FDR had 11, they largely fell out of favor until Clinton brought them back in large numbers with 8.

Reagan had just 1 czar, the drug czar.

97 posted on 01/06/2011 4:04:45 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: lesko

I would agree. Read the Constitution. Particularly the separation of powers doctrine. Congress can’t tell the President which advisors to hire (even if I don’t like them). Inside the executive branch he can establish whatever positions he wants. I don’t like any of his appointees, I sure don’t like the term Czar but I don’t see the power vested in Congress to do anything about it.


98 posted on 01/06/2011 4:06:44 PM PST by politicalmerc (I TOLD YOU I could see November from my house. Now I see 2012!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

YEESSSS, go for the jugular of the Progressives. One that needs to gois this one:
From Time Mag:

DeParle comes to the job with a wide range of private-sector connections, some of which could prove problematic. For years she worked as a health-care adviser at JPMorgan Partners, a private equity firm, and CCMP Capital Advisers, another private investment firm with significant health-care holdings. She has served as a director on companies as varied as Cerner, which develops electronic medical records, and DaVita, which provides dialysis service. The companies and their investments could well be effected by the direction of health reform, which will necessarily seek to reduce costs in some areas, while increasing investments in others. (death panels?)
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1882709,00.html#ixzz1AIqmf0ye

and this:

she has become a highly sought-after corporate, academic and foundation consultant, earning enough money with her husband, New York Times reporter Jason DeParle, to buy a $3 million house in the Washington suburbs in 2007.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1882709,00.html#ixzz1AIrKW3mL


99 posted on 01/06/2011 4:06:57 PM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: NC28203
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.

You're mistaken. FDR had 11 czars. Since Truman left, only Ike and Reagan had 1 czar. All other presidents had 2-3 until Clinton had 8.

They exploded under W to 32.

100 posted on 01/06/2011 4:10:44 PM PST by newzjunkey
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