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Non-Partisan Congressional Oversight Needed
Monday, 23 June 2014

June 23--  With President Obama's administration up to its eyeballs in scandals domestically and overseas, Georgia's 12th District Congressman says its more important than ever for Congress to exercise its oversight responsibility over the executive branch.

"Oversight is supposed to be an institutional thing.  The House is supposed to be jealous of its perogatives as a branch of government and to hold the executive branch to account no matter who the President is," Barrow believes.

Congressman John Barrow describes himself as a conservative Democrat and has withstood repeated efforts by Republicans to unseat him in the 12th District.

"My job is to make anybody who speaks untruths or who doesn't do a good job enforcing the law uncomfortable whichever party I'm in and I think it's more important that I do that as a member of the party of my parents.

"I have not hesitated to hold this administration accountable for its failure to explain its conduct or for things its done that are inconsistent with the law," he said.

Congressman Barrow has most recently helped an effort in Congress designed to give veterans more timely access to healthcare and to make it easier for the Veterans Administration to fire senior executives, however, both measures are still being considered in the Senate.

"This is a work in progress.  There are still some differences between the House and the Senate versions.  I hope these differences can be resolved quickly and that we can get something to the President which can be signed into law," he said. 

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