"The administration has been pushing the envelope, and Congress hasn't been doing proper oversight," Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) said yesterday. "I think some members are going to start to step up to the plate and do more . . . . The executive branch has lost a sense of balance and proportion, and they're just grabbing at everything. And if we were doing more oversight, we might have handled this in a different way."*
So, it must be an election year. And Shays must be feeling the heat, since for the past 2 years he's been enabling the Bush administration to systematically trump science, the constitution, laws and democracy in favor of political pandering to a neo-evangelical cabal powered by oil companies. But what is he really doing? Well let's roll back the video tape to May 16th where the New York Times raises the flag on the obstruction of the Republicans in Congress over files related to the Duke Cunningham investigation:
The United States attorney's office in San Diego has asked for copies of "tens of thousands" of documents from the House Appropriations and Intelligence Committees, the official said, as part of its inquiry into whether Mr. Cunningham illegally influenced the process the committees use to designate money for military projects.
But lawyers for the Republican-controlled House rebuffed the request as unreasonably broad, the official said, and asked the United States attorney's office for a shorter list.
Shays of course would prefer if the Justice Department didn't investigate the Republicans in congress since it might further reveal the corruption that this rubber stamp congress has been up to. According to CNN:
Former Abramoff partner testifies on ties to GOP lawmakers
'We were trying to rig the rules,' says ex-aide to Rep. Bob Ney
. . .
The aide, Neil Volz, who was a partner of Abramoff's at the time, also outlined how the Abramoff team received assistance from several Republican congressmen including, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio.
*The Washington Post, Raid Was Tipping Point For an Angry Congress
Simmering Frustration With Bush Erupts, By Peter Baker and Zachary A. Goldfarb, Sunday, May 28, 2006