Waxman to Stir Debate with
By Alexander Bolton
Thursday 04 January 2007
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has created a new subcommittee that will tackle decisions made by the Bush administration regarding which government records should be made available to the public.
Waxman has not released his committee's agenda for this year, and his panel has yet to organize formally, but his plan to create a subcommittee devoted to government transparency foreshadows what is expected to be a contentious debate with the administration over executive branch documents.
"We have legislative jurisdiction over [the Freedom of Information Act] and some of the other issues that relate to openness in government," Waxman said yesterday.