The White House doesn’t like it that Congress is actually trying to do its job.
The White House on Thursday pushed back against congressional investigations of the Bush administration and said lawmakers should spend more time passing bills to solve domestic problems.
In a constitutional showdown with Congress, the administration claimed executive privilege and rejected demands for White House documents about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
The House and Senate Judiciary committees have set a deadline of 10 a.m. next Monday for the White House to explain its basis for the claim.
The administration has not said when or if it will respond. Spokesman Scott Stanzel said Thursday the White House has received a many requests for information since Democrats took control of Congress in January and has turned over 200,000 pages of documents.
“They’ve launched over 300 investigations, had over 350 requests for documents and interviews and they have had over 600 oversight hearings in just about 100 days,” Stanzel said.
Democrats were dubious of the figures but did not offer their own.
“His numbers are as faulty as the intelligence they used to make their case for war,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
“In the last six years, all they’ve had is a rubber-stamp Congress. Since January, Democrats have demanded accountability, a change of course and transparency,” Manley said.
Gee, and just last week the GOP was calling them the “do-nothing Congress.” I guess they just don’t like what the Dems are doing.
Oh, and don’t you love the part about “passing bills to solve domestic problems”? Like what…stem-cell research? Ending the war, which has been sucking all the money up that should be spent on domestic problems, like education and health care for children?