House Republicans have President Obama’s “czars” in their crosshairs once again, introducing a bill this week that would effectively shut down their offices.
The bill, authored by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is a revamped version of a proposal that went nowhere in the last Congress. But with Republicans in charge of the House this year and a particularly combative Republican in charge of the committee that will be considering the measure, the proposal might have a fighting chance this time around.
“We’re hopeful for this one,” Scalise spokesman Stephen Bell told FoxNews.com.
Though the definition of a “czar” is muddy at best, it generally refers to top-level administration officials who don’t have to go through the Senate confirmation process. The Scalise bill aims to be a bit more specific than that, defining a “czar” as the “head of any task force, council, policy office within the Executive Office of the President” or similar office, appointed “without the advice and consent of the Senate.”