Who is the most popular social butterfly of the season this year? Why, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
, California Representative Henry Waxman
, of course!
Rep. Waxman has invited former CIA Director George Tenet for a little chat about Iraq War Intelligence
, he has invited the White House and the Defense Secretary to have a talk about Army Ranger Specialist Patrick Tillman's death
. Waxman also wants to give the White House some free publicity about those political presentations to government agencies
But whirlwind of party invitations doesn't stop there! He has issued three engraved invitations related to ongoing investigations, one for the Republican National Committee
, and another for RNC Chairman Mike Duncan
. (Regarding possible violations of the Presidential Records Act and the Hatch Act by White House officials.) The third invitation is for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
, regarding the fabricated claim that Iraq sought uranium from Niger and other issues. (Via oversight.house.gov
.) Many of those invited to Rep. Waxman's many soirees this party season have yet to RSVP
Rep. Waxman is no stranger to successfully hosting a party! Following the lead of longtime chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, John Dingell, Rep. Waxman had a party where the chief executives of the seven major tobacco companies swore under oath that nicotine was not addictive... And this neat bit of parlor magic was accomplished before the hors' dourves were even served!
Later in the social season Rep. Waxman plans to investigate, among other Washington glitterati, Jack Abramoff
. He has also introduced the The Safe Climate Act of 2007 (H.R. 1590)
, which will also take place later this season, weather permitting.But who is this man of steel?
Rep. Waxman has represented the Los Angeles
area of California since 1974. Waxman was born in Los Angeles. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree from UCLA. He was elected to the California Assembly in 1969 and served six years, until his election to Congress.
He has served as chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, where he conducted investigations into a range of health and environmental issues, including universal health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, AIDS and air and water pollution. Rep. Waxman
is the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
and is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
Time Magazine calls him the "The Scariest Guy in Washington":