Layoffs may soon be knocking on the doors of some White House czars.
If you have kept up with Obama’s czars then you have been pretty busy over the past two years. There are over 30 of these Presidential appointed positions. AIDS Czar, Car Czar, Climate Czar, Domestic Violence Czar, Government Performance Czar (I’m not joking!)…there is a czar for pretty much any position you can imagine. If there is not one for you then just ask!
Obama’s excessive use of czars has lead to much criticism from Republicans and conservatives. Their salaries are unknown, their clout is unknown, and they avoid approval and oversight by Congress. Opinion on czars certainly did not approve when it was discovered that Obama’s former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones is a Communist revolutionary and 9/11 truther. He was quietly forced to resign.
Now that Republicans control the House they intend on doing something about the abuse of czar appointments. Rep Steve Scalise (R-LA) successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution bill that will get rid of many White House czars. The amendment passed with 13 Democrats supporting it. From Politico:
Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.
The vote was 249-179.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) offered the amendment that blocks funding for various policy advisers to combat what he called “a very disturbing proliferation of czars” under Obama.
“These unappointed, unaccountable people who are literally running a shadow government, heading up these little fiefdoms that nobody can really seem to identify where they are or what they’re doing,” Scalise said Thursday. “But we do know that they’re wielding vast amounts of power.”
The jobs on the chopping block: White House-appointed advisers on health care, energy and climate, green jobs, urban affairs, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, oversight of TARP executive compensation, diversity at the Federal Communications Commission and the auto industry manufacturing policy…
The amendment would defund the White House “green jobs czar” slot that has been vacant since Van Jones resigned in 2009 after reports surfaced that he signed a petition seeking an investigation into whether the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“The last green jobs czar we had left in disgrace because he expressed comments embracing communism and actually tried to blame the government, the American government, for September 11th attacks,” Scalise said.
Net Right Daily lists the czars targeted by the amendment from Scalise’s legislative counsel:
Attached are articles from Roll Call and The Hill on Rep. Scalise’s “Sunset All Czars” Act, H.R. 59, which was offered at the start of the 112th Congress. He has offered an amendment to the CR, Amendment 204 (attached), which eliminates by title the following czars:
1. the “Health Reform” Czar;
2. the “Climate” Czar;
3. the “Climate Change” Czar;
4. the “Green Jobs” Czar;
5. the “Car” Czar;
6. the “Urban Affairs” Czar;
7. the “Guantanamo Bay Closure” Czar;
8. the “Pay” Czar; and
9. the “Diversity” Czar.