President Joe Biden has faced his fair share of hurdles during his first years in the White House. In fact, many might argue he’s presided over several of the worst crises in recent memory.
In an effort to reclaim control in Washington, Republicans have been highlighting Biden’s questionable policies and apparent failures. They’ve also been hinting at stronger action.
The midterm elections are coming up fast and most insiders and political experts say the GOP is in prime position. They’re predicting a House flip, and the Senate might shift red as well.
And if that happens, it seems Republican leaders are preparing to pounce: they want the President held accountable for all the mistakes he’s made.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Breitbart News that the GOP is quietly preparing an “oversight onslaught” that will specifically target Biden’s missteps, and it could include a bevy of court subpoenas.
Rep. Issa was chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during the Obama years.
He fought that administration on a variety of issues, including the IRS targeting scandal and the Benghazi tragedy. This time around, he’s predicting incoming Republicans will wage similar battles against Biden.
As Issa said in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC):
We’re going to have 60 plus new Republicans take this majority and many of them have only watched on C-SPAN.
…They’re going to want to hold this president accountable and they’re going to understand that he’s been basically looking at laws and appropriations as a starting point, not as guidance from Congress.
Issa added that “subpoena wars” might be coming at the start of next year, provided the GOP really does retake the House.
He also said that high-ranking GOP members like Rep. James Comer and Rep. Jim Jordan are already “sending out letters,” and they haven’t gotten answers. The next step is for Congress to demand those answers.
Rep. Issa further cited military members getting tossed out of their jobs because they refused to get vaccinated:
Who made a decision to trounce the First Amendment in a way it never has been done before? We’re going to have to ask that series of questions, get some answers, and then ask more questions.
We’ll follow where that leads us to get to the truth because the American people need to know who really made that decision to destroy what we would consider 240 years of tradition and religious freedom.
Above all, Issa wants to make it plain: Republicans have to be better than their rivals.
“We can’t just do to them what they’ve done to us,” he said. He’s referring to Democrats basically cutting the GOP out of the lawmaking process by creating leftist-friendly committees simply because they’re in power:
We can’t shred bipartisan behavior that allows the other side to be heard. We can’t strip people of committees just because we can.
We certainly can’t form a committee and pick which Republicans we have on there and have only Republicans with whom we agree. That undermines the confidence of the American people.
We’ve got to play by the rules and win.
However, for all of this to work, Rep. Issa reminds us that the GOP must reclaim the House. It’s also imperative to replace current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has supported Biden from the outset.
If this “subpoena blitz” is to be successful, they’re going to need proactive and ambitious Republican members — and as Issa says, many of them will be new, and hopefully very active and passionate.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to flip the House during the midterms and if it happens, we could see some definite fireworks in the current administration.