Checks and Balances Project Calls for Removal of Chairman Stearns from Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
March 9, 2012 Leave a comment
The Checks and Balances Project sent a letter to Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.) calling on him to remove Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) from his chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Allegations that Rep. Stearns tried to use a job offer and/or campaign contributions to convince a primary opponent to not run against him prompted the letter.
In his role as chairman, Rep. Stearns has aggressively spent taxpayers’ money in the last five months to investigate others for alleged impropriety. Given the important investigative role and broad subpoena powers of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, the Congressman’s legitimacy in his chairmanship is now in very serious question.
Download a copy of the full letter here.