Waters Encourages Chairman Hensarling to Apply His Pattern of Aggressive Oversight to the Trump Administration
Washington, DC, February 2, 2017
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, encouraged Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to apply the same level of aggressive oversight to the Trump Administration as he did with the Obama Administration. During the Committee’s first meeting in the 115th Congress to consider its rules, Ranking Member Waters underscored her concern regarding the lack of transparency amongst Republican Committee Members, similar to the Trump Administration.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am deeply concerned to see that the resolution to adopt the Committee Rules of the 115th Congress make few changes to the workings of the Committee from the 114th Congress. Last Congress, Democrats on this Committee expressed serious concerns with your new, centralized, aggressive investigative powers, which stripped away any real ability for Democrats to have a say in the investigations conducted by this committee. For example: the newly granted unilateral authority to issue subpoenas without consulting with me as Ranking Member and without granting a Committee vote is turning this committee into a dictatorship, not a democracy. History already proves that the subpoena authority was mismanaged and abused. Last Congress, for example, Republicans would constantly bully agencies and staff by threatening them with subpoenas in order to retrieve documents and force people to appear before Congress.