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Fracking-Funded Legislators Hold Hearing Criticizing Rules That Aren’t Written Yet

You might think fracking boosters would at least wait until new safety and disclosure rules regulating hydraulic fracturing are proposed before attacking them as causing “government waste, duplication, and delay.” You would be wrong.

The House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), held a hearing Wednesday entitled “DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication, and Delay,” criticizing regulations on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, weeks before they will be released.

Doc Hastings' Secret Legislation

On January 24, 2011, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee said in a press release, “People have a right to see and hear what their Congress is debating.”

This pledge clearly doesn’t mean legislation he’s working on, according to a report from Politico out tonight:

Hastings: "Ethics Panel Won't Investigate DeLay"

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), chair of the stalled House Ethics Committee, has said that the committee will "not investigate a 15-month-old complaint about DeLay's role in alleged illegal campaign contributions in Texas" because such an investigation would duplicate Earle's work.

"We don't have the resources," he told the Yakima Herald Republic.

Job Opening

Chairman Doc Hastings's chief of staff need not apply.

[Update: I hear Jack Abramoff is interested.]

Playing Politics with Ethics: Lots to Report

"The House ethics committee is back in business," according to The Hill today.

It was reported that Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Ranking Member Alan Mollahan (D-W.Va.) have reached an agreement over staffing the committee, an impasse that has rendered the committee useless for several months.

Four Watchdog Groups, Constituents Call on Hastert to Appoint Outside Counsel

Public Campaign today partnered with Common Cause, Public Citizen, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and two dozen of Rep. Hastert's constituents in calling on the Speaker of the House to appoint an outside counsel to investigate the House lobbying scandals surrounding Reps. DeLay, Cunningham, Ney and others.

You can read the full letter that was faxed to Hastert here.

More Bad News for Hastings

It seems to be one thing after another for House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA). First, it's revealed that he had "close connections" to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Seattle-based lobbying firm, and had even taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

Hastings Might Step Down - Let's Keep the Pressure On

It appears that House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA) is starting to feel the heat after weeks of sustained pressure by his frustrated constituents, Public Campaign Action Fund, and Washingtonians for a Cleaner Congress.

New congressional scandals; DeLay offers his thoughts (are you on the edge of your seat?)

I just wanted to put up a quick post this morning -- we're in staff meetings and are a little tied up for the next few days. But even as we meet to discuss next steps in our campaign to hold DeLay accountable and clean up Congress, scandals involving our elected officials aren't subsiding.

The latest involve GOP Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California and Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania.

The Columbian Makes a Request of Doc

Editors of The Columbian in Clark County, Washington agrees with Public Campaign member Versa Kang's call on Doc Hastings to appoint an outside counsel to investigate Tom DeLay's scandals.

"Given the severity of the many complaints about Delay.

Given the fact DeLay is a House leader and can make life uncomfortable for GOP lawmakers.