Transportation Dept trying to manipulate Congress on Energy bill
House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman responded by sending a
It is not an appropriate use of federalresources to lobby members of Congress to oppose state efforts toprotect the environment. It is especially problematic on an issue thatis pending for decision before the Administration and that is supposedto be decided based on an independent assessment of the merits. At thevery least, Ms. Shamoradi's call suggests the presence of an improperhidden agenda.
Inother words, the Transportation Department is trying to lobby membersof Congress on behalf of the auto industry -- and that is against thelaw.
The Transportation Department
???‚¬?“These restrictions do not apply to direct contact between ExecutiveBranch officials and members of Congress, nor do they apply to contactconcerning matters pending within the Executive Branch, as opposed tolegislative matters,???‚¬?? Knapp wrote.
But the rules do apply to pending legislative matters. According to the Hatch Act, federal officials are not allowed to use
Yet another abuse of power on the part of the Executive Branch.