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Waxman Hits Back At Davis, Issa On Interior Dept. Scandal

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called out his GOP colleagues, Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Tom Davis (Va.), today for failing to properly oversee the Minerals Management Service, which has been the subject of an investigation -- and the butt of many jokes -- for improper fraternizing with oil industry representatives. Waxman's charge is in response to a GOP claim that he himself is responsible.

As Waxman argues, "The serious abuses at MMS that the Inspector General described earlier this week occurred between 2002 and 2006, when you were Chairman of the full Committee and the Energy Subcommittee, respectively. Yet despite my requests, your oversight of the MMS was focused on actions that happened during the Clinton Administration. If there was a failure of oversight by the Committee, it occurred during your watch."

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