House Republicans Push Bill to Shut Down White House ‘Czars’
House Republicans have President Obama’s “czars” in their crosshairs once again, introducing a bill this week that would effectively shut down their offices.
The bill, authored by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is a revamped version of a proposal that went nowhere in the last Congress. But with Republicans in charge of the House this year and a particularly combative Republican in charge of the committee that will be considering the measure, the proposal might have a fighting chance this time around.
“We’re hopeful for this one,” Scalise spokesman Stephen Bell told FoxNews.com.
Though the definition of a “czar” is muddy at best, it generally refers to top-level administration officials who don’t have to go through the Senate confirmation process. The Scalise bill aims to be a bit more specific than that, defining a “czar” as the “head of any task force, council, policy office within the Executive Office of the President” or similar office, appointed “without the advice and consent of the Senate.”
Scalise’s office estimates that 39 officials in the Obama administration fall under this description. The bill would order Congress to cut off all funding for them and the offices they control. Presumably, the president could afterward try to reinstate them by seeking Senate confirmation.