California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa
, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has created a reputation for himself as a combative opponent of President Barack Obama, as he has launched several investigations of the White House. But Issa also is making an effort to become a policy leader in the House, The Hill reports
He’s promoting several major bills, including an attempt to resuscitate the struggling U.S. Postal Service. He’s mulling bills concerning gun rights and the Federal Reserve for his committee also.
That means Issa has to compliment his adversarial role with a cooperative one. Former Virginia GOP Rep. Tom Davis, who was chairman of the Oversight panel during the George W. Bush presidency, said Issa is still a work in progress as far as that balancing act goes.
Issa needs to cooperate with the White House on some issues to turn bills into law, yet investigate it on others to fulfill his government duty and avoid alienating Republicans.
“You’ve got to learn to do both. It’s like walking and chewing gum,” Davis told The Hill. “You’ve got to learn how one hour you can be working with the administration on policy objectives, and the next hour you’re up there hitting them a little for something they’ve done wrong.”
Issa has been able to work with Democrats in the past – on patent reform and the standardization of government information, for example.
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