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article imagePence requests background checks of all Obama 'czars'

By Michael Krebs     Sep 7, 2009 in Politics
As controversial White House 'czar' Van Jones resigns, leading House Republican Mike Pence requests background checks on all Obama-appointed 'czars.'
Key GOP Congressman Mike Pence is uncomfortable with President Obama's "czars," and he would like to have background checks conducted on all of them and is suggesting suspension on future czar appointments. The House Republican was a leading voice on the Van Jones resignation - after Van Jones was associated with the 9/11 "truther" movement.
"I’m suggesting that the administration should suspend immediately any future czar appointments while both the constitutionality of this practice is examined and while the background and qualifications of individuals who’ve been appointed as czars is carefully examined," Pence said.
Republican legislators are taking aim at additional White House czars - John Holdren, the White House "science czar" has been in the spotlight for his views on addressing overpopulation; Cass Sunstein, "regulatory czar," may be exposed for his positions on organ donation and for seeking to ban hunting; and Mark Lloyd, "diversity czar," for his desire to see both sides equally presented in the media.
But even as the ink was still drying on Van Jones' resignation letter, President Obama was naming his latest czar - Ron Bloom - in the role of manufacturing advisor.
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