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House Anti-’Czar’ Bill Gets 35 GOP Sponsors, May Get 35 More Today

On July 15, with little fanfare, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) introduced the Czar Accountability and Reform (CZAR) Act of 2009,* written to prohibit taxpayer

Rian Mcconnell
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 08, 2009

On July 15, with little fanfare, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) introduced the Czar Accountability and Reform (CZAR) Act of 2009,* written to prohibit taxpayer funds from paying the salaries at “any task force, council, or similar office which is established by or at the direction of the President and headed by an individual who has been inappropriately appointed to such position (on other than an interim basis), without the advice and consent of the Senate.”

Since then, Kingston has gotten 34 co-sponsors, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), and four co-sponsors of the infamous “birther” bill–Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). And according to Kingston’s spokesman Chris Crawford, the number of co-sponsors may go as high as 70 today, when members who expressed interest in the bill over the August recess are added on.

As I’ve pointed out, half of the people listed on a popular list of “czars” were either confirmed by the Senate or hold jobs created by previous presidents. Crawford said that Kingston’s own list of “czars” is at 34, but includes seven people who actually went through Senate confirmation hearings. “If you’re confirmed by the Senate, you’ve gone through the process, filled out applications, and answered tough questions,” said Crawford. Nonetheless, Kingston appeared “Your World With Neil Cavuto” and went after “Science Czar” John Holdren, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy who was confirmed unanimously by the Senate.

The list of co-sponsors so far:

Rodney Alexander [R-LA5] Michele Bachmann [R-MN6] Roscoe Bartlett [R-MD6] Rob Bishop [R-UT1] John Boozman [R-AR3] Kevin Brady [R-TX8]

Paul Broun [R-GA10] Virginia Brown-Waite [R-FL5] Dan Burton [R-IN5] John Campbell [R-CA48] John Carter [R-TX31]

Jason Chaffetz [R-UT3]

Howard Coble [R-NC6] Mary Fallin [R-OK5] John Fleming [R-LA4] Scott Garrett [R-NJ5] Kay Granger [R-TX12]

Peter Hoekstra [R-MI2]

Samuel Johnson [R-TX3] Steve King [R-IA5] Doug Lamborn [R-CO5] Robert Latta [R-OH5] John Linder [R-GA7]

Frank Lucas [R-OK3]

Jeff Miller [R-FL1] Joseph Pitts [R-PA16] Ted Poe [R-TX2] Harold Rogers [R-KY5] James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]

John Shadegg [R-AZ3]

John Shimkus [R-IL19] Michael Simpson [R-ID2] Lamar Smith [R-TX21] Donald Young [R-AK]

*Arguably, the acronym should be CAR.

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Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.


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