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For the week of April 23rd.


In Congress this week: Secret Service imbroglio, cybersecurity, park rules

For the week of April 23rd.

Investigations on Capitol Hill have begun in the Secret Service scandal involving nearly a dozen agents and several Colombia hookers.

Republican Rep. Pete King of New York has assigned several investigators from the House Homeland Security Committee to examine the event, as has Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

It’s not clear whether hearings will begin this week, but with the GSA scandal already fading, oversight officials are anxious to look into the latest scandal engulfing the Obama administration.

l The must-watch hearing is set for Friday morning, when members of the House Resources subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands confront top park officials on rules restricting recreation (see story here). House Republicans want to reverse those rules, which block beach access at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, horseback riding in some California parks, and threatens to limit fishing in Florida’s Biscayne Bay.

l Meanwhile, the full House is set to debate a series of cyber security measures that would encourage companies to take action against cyber threats. But President Obama says he won’t support the House measure, and endorsed a bill authored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) that puts Homeland Security officials in control of new standards.

l Senate Democrats will turn their attention to the contentious Arizona immigration law, holding a hearing Tuesday in the Judiciary Committee to examine the constitutionality of the law.

l Meanwhile, Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee will look at new federal disability rules that threaten to shut some pools this summer.


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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Eventsâ?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audreyâ??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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