The Democrats sure have enjoyed the power they have right now in holding political hearings over issues they hope will build their platform in the November midterm elections.
But the GOP is still likely to prevail and take over the House again. They might still be limited on what they can do legislatively, but there are gearing up for some major inquiries.
There will likely be hearings on the chaos at the border, the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the baby formula fiasco, and more.
President Joe Biden’s last two years will be filled with agonizing investigations. And Hunter Biden is going to be top on the list. By the time the 2024 election happens, the Democratic Party may be down and out.
GOP lawmakers are already getting ready to decide which committee will get to investigate which issue next year. Talks are happening with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other conference leaders.
“I’ve been really impressed with leadership — both from [Rep.] Jim [Jordan], from [Rep.] Jamie Comer, from Kevin’s office — in already starting to talk about that,” said Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.).
As Republicans plan for 2023, they are seeing executive oversight as a major portion of their agenda. These investigations will give the House leaders in the GOP some high-profile opportunities to render subpoenas and ask tough questions to officials in the Biden camp. They are set on holding the Biden White House accountable.
Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said recently in an interview that the GOP is going to nail down a timeline for each investigation and they have already taken the first steps like document preservation requests. They see the big challenge as winnowing down the list of things they would like to investigate
“It’s not something where we’re having to drum up, ‘OK, what are we going to do?’ It’s more of a limiting factor of, we only have 50 weeks a year,” said Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas).
It’s going to be a long final two years for President Joe Biden as he finishes his first and hopefully final term.