It turns out that two leading members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee aren’t enemies for life after all.
Republican Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings are on the same page regarding the Secret Service. They want a broad investigation that examines the culture that seems to pervade the agency charged with protecting the president of the United States.
Their concern is legit. The Secret Service has been pounded in the media and on Capitol Hill for the horrendous security lapses that have placed the president in potential peril. The agency’s director, Julia Pierson, has resigned. Issa and Cummings have sent Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson a letter asking to examine a full range of issues that have resulted in what they call “embarrassing security mistakes.”
We’ve had the fence-jumper who ran through the front door of the White House. That incident came after an armed convicted felon got into an elevator with President Obama in Atlanta, standing only a few feet from the head of state.
The Secret Service is in trouble. It needs fixing. Congress has been justifiably outraged over these embarrassing matters.
Issa and Cummings have had their differences over their committee’s handling of the IRS matter and the Benghazi controversy.
On this one, they’ve locked arms and are demanding answers.
Political animosity appears to come and go, according to the issue of the moment.
I’m OK with that.