Sunday, October 19, 2014
What is lost if we lose on the 4th? Among other things, a pro-U.S. Senate majority & a lot of progressive brains!
^^^ The above collage of white men over 40, who just happen to be anti-U.S. Government Republicans, could be a large part of Republican control of the United States Senate re chairmanships of committees with subpoena power if Democrats do not stop them on Tuesday, November 4th at ballot boxes across the country!
Senators Orrin Hatch, Thad Cochran, John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby and Chuck Grassly are all potential chairmen per a great food-for-thought article in Politico (which leans right and has more insight into the GOP than I do)!
“Anti-U.S. Government Republicans,” by the way, are defined by me for me as:
Republicans who do not adhere to some of my favorite, basic concepts of the United States Constitution ~ Compromise (not my way or the highway); United States (not 50 sovereign states); and The Common Good (not “starve the beast” and the surpluses will “trickle down”).
Focused on the point of its article, Politico makes it’s guesses and provides some grist for the mill as to how the potential future chairmen might use their positions of power but it does not highlight the power of the subpoena, nor does it provide the same grist for the mill as to how the potential past chairmen have used their positions of power.
So, let’s do just a bit of that: First, defining Senate subpoena power and Second, using five Senate Committees as examples, demonstrating who/what might be lost if the Senate majority goes from Democratic to Republican.
Senate subpoena power (or House investigations on steroids!):
Any of the above referenced committees, including subcommittees thereof, or any special committees created by the senate, may have the powers of subpoena, the power to administer oaths, and the power to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses in accordance with the provisions of chapter 44.16 RCW. The committee chair shall file with the committee on rules, prior to issuance of any process, a statement of purpose setting forth the name or names of those subject to process. The rules committee shall consider every proposed issuance of process at a meeting of the rules committee immediately following the filing of the statement with the committee. The process shall not be issued prior to consideration by the rules committee. The process shall be limited to the named individuals and the committee on rules may overrule the service on an individual so named.
Five Random Senate Committee examples (or some of what Democrats risk losing!):
The SenateAppropriations Committee has jurisdiction over all discretionary spending legislation in the Senate.