On Friday (January 13), Senate Majority Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressed his displeasure with what he described as House Republicans’ “extreme” agenda that focused heavily on commencing a string of investigations.
Speaking on CNN on Friday morning, Schumer asserted the “American people” wanted Congress to “make their lives better” and not just investigate.
Schumer’s comments come as the Republican-led House kicked off its first week in leadership, announcing a string of investigations it would carry out.
On Tuesday (January 10), the House voted — primarily on party lines — for the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government to come into effect. The Subcommittee will operate within the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will also lead the Subcommittee.
However, the creation of the Subcommittee is widely considered a response to the slew of investigations into former President Donald Trump that occurred while Democrats held a majority in both Congressional chambers.
The view is supported by the Subcommittee’s intention to investigate what the GOP believes is the government’s targeting of conservatives.
On Wednesday (January 11), Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the House Oversight Committee, which he chairs, would be conducting a probe into President Joe Biden and his family and had requested information from the Treasury Department regarding the Bidens’ finances.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas-razor-wire ), is also probing the Biden administration’s catastrophic exit from Afghanistan in August 2021.
Suggestions of possible future investigations include a probe into COVID-19’s origins and the Biden administration’s lackluster border policy.