GOP Reps. Issa, Graves May Subpoena Budget Chief Lew

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:14 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Sam Graves are unhappy with Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew. He declined to testify Thursday at a joint hearing of their committees to discuss a draft presidential order that would make companies who want government contracts reveal their political contributions.

And now the two Republicans indicate they may use a subpoena to force Lew’s hand, Politico reports.

Issa chairs the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, while Graves heads the Small Business Committee.

Lew wrote in a letter Friday, “Unfortunately, because this hearing concerns a draft presidential executive order that is still moving through the standard review and feedback process, we will be unable to testify.”

Issa and Graves shot back in a letter Monday: “If the OMB continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate fully with the Committee’s oversight function, we will be required to consider the use of compulsory process.”


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