(UnitedVoice.com) – Congress has an important oversight role in the federal government. When they ask for someone from the presidential administration to speak, that person is required to show up. An official in President Joe Biden’s administration has now angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for ignoring a congressional request to come before them.
On May 26, the House Small Business Committee was waiting to speak to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabel Guzman about the distribution of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. However, when the day arrived, only Guzman showed up on the Hill. That led to outrage from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) was furious, saying that Yellen’s refusal to appear was a violation of the law and that she prevented the committee from properly fulfilling its “oversight responsibilities to American taxpayers” and business owners.
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Rep. Velazquez said the secretary showed a “complete disregard for the law.” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) agreed with his colleague, explaining that the “appearance of the Treasury Secretary is required by law.”
Secretary Yellen’s office did not offer a reason for her absence.
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