Comparison of Congressional Oversight During Clinton and Bush Administrations

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 17, 2006

“In a pair of new reports, Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush Administration and the very different approach toward oversight taken by the Republican-controlled Congress during the Clinton Administration. An additional report released in 2001 documents numerous examples of allegations against the Clinton Administration that Republican investigators pursued and ultimately failed to substantiate.”

  • Congressional Oversight of the Bush Administration – “This report identifies 15 key oversight issues involving President Bush and his administration that Congress has failed to investigate.” (22 pages, PDF)
  • Congressional Oversight of the Clinton Administration – “Over $35 million was spent on congressional investigations of the Clinton administration. When combined with the costs of investigations by independent counsels, the total amount of taxpayer funds expended on investigating President Clinton and his Administration exceeded $150 million.” (10 pages, PDF)
  • 2001 Report on Unsubstantiated Allegations of Wrongdoing Against the Clinton Administration (27 pages, PDF)
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