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Sat May 6, 2017, 02:28 PM

GOP chairman warns agencies about requests for records

GOP chairman warns agencies about requests for records

WASHINGTON (AP) A House Republican chairman has told a dozen government agencies to exclude communications with his committee from requests made by news organizations, advocacy groups and others through the Freedom of Information Act.

(1 of 1) The House Financial Services Committee's ranking member Rep. Maxine Waters D-Calif., left, with committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, during the committee's hearing on overhauling the nation's financial rules.
May 06, 2017

In a series of letters, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas said communications the agencies had with members of his panel and committee staff should not be released, arguing that it often includes sensitive and confidential information. "All such documents and communications constitute congressional records not 'agency records' for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, and remain subject to congressional control even when in the physical possession of the" agency, Hensarling wrote in one April 3 letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Records and material from the executive branch are subject to requests under the 1967 Freedom of Information Act. Congress, which wrote the law, has exempted itself. Hensarling's letter to the Treasury Department was first reported by BuzzFeed. The Associated Press obtained additional letters that the Republican lawmaker sent to other agencies within the jurisdiction of his Financial Services Committee. Among the agencies were the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

The committee's top Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, said Hensarling for years has made what she described as "intrusive and aggressive demands of agencies," citing his request of more than 150,000 pages of documents from the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. "Anytime he's called on it, he says that Congress has the right to conduct oversight. And while Congress does have that right, it is the height of hypocrisy for him to take such extraordinary measures to shield himself from the oversight of the American public," Waters said. "People should ask themselves: What is he trying to hide?"

The advocacy group Public Citizen said Hensarling's letter violates the spirit of the open records law though the legal ramifications are murkier. "What's clear is that it's an outrageous move," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:37 PM

1. ok 'the spirit of open records laws'...and 'outrageous' moves..

are words the GOP ignore and laugh at. Seriously.... this is our tough talk??? Its like Schumers 'howling at the moon' These are nursery rhyme admonishments. We are at war.. we don't need to be polite. The other side is trying to kill us and we toss daisies back at them.

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:27 PM

4. "WE' use too many words! And much too nice words!!

Fewer words.
Like, for instance.






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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:39 PM

2. it just keeps piling.. the shit behavior is endless..

It is too much to keep track of and too much to ever explain to people who are not paying attention...

Hell, I can not keep up, and I try...

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Response to pangaia (Reply #2)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:44 PM

3. we close our eyes for 5 minutes, trying to find a sliver of peace, and we miss at least a dozen

pieces of their hatred and insanity.

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