Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reported their net worth in the millions of dollars as the U.S. Senate released personal financial disclosure reports for its members.
Put aside the politics, and the question of who-knew-what-when. There are two policy problems highlighted by the controversies at the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. The first is the growth of 501(c)(4) groups into vehicles for anonymous and unlimited political spending. The second is the Barack Obama administration’s overzealous prosecution of leaks.
The U.S. Senate’s first hearing on the Internal Revenue Service controversy looks more like two: Republicans pressed the tax agency for details of what happened and what they knew, while Democrats sought tougher rules for nonprofit political groups.
Republicans, angry over the Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of anti-tax groups, have aimed their frustration at a career employee with a bonus benefit: She’s charged with overseeing an enforcement portion of the health- care law.
A Senate panel rejected Republicans’ broadest attempts to add stricter border-security rules to a proposed immigration law, while accepting a change seeking a 90 percent apprehension rate along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thomas Perez’s nomination for U.S. labor secretary is running into mounting opposition from Senate Republicans, with some saying confirmation might be at risk. A committee vote on the nomination was delayed for a week.