This year, Chairman Henry Waxman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform attempted to exercise his constitutionally-established right to exercise oversight of Executive Branch activities, requesting information from the Department of Transportation related to the Department’s efforts to lobby against state government efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The Department of Transportation provided only some of the documents, declaring that it “intends to withhold 53 responsive documents from the Committee.” It seems that the Republican-run Department of Transportation does not regard itself as subject to the Constitution of the United States of America. What are those 53 documents, and why are they being concealed from Congress?
We won’t know until the leadership of the federal government is changed. In 2008, we need to vote for a candidate who believes in constitutional government, and will get the DOT back under control.
(Source: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, July 2, 2007)