Republican, Democrat In House Team Up To Reform Secret Service


Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee rarely agree on anything, but Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) are getting up results in their drive to dump the top leadership at the troubled Secret Service, Politico reports. Only a handful of the agency's senior leaders are hanging on from two years ago, when Chaffetz, now committee chairman, began investigating misconduct. This week, he and Cummings, the committee's top Democrat, helped shove much-maligned Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith to the exit.

It's been a rough period for the Secret Service, from a 2012 scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia to last year's White House fence-jumper. The agency's progress since then will be on display today when the committee hears from four witnesses who probed the agency last fall. Cummings and Chaffetz credit their own ability to work together, which they call a departure from the often-acrimonious tenure of former committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). “The unified front is obviously more effective. It's pretty hard to say no and disregard us when we're united,” said Chaffetz, from Utah. “I've been working with Elijah Cummings on the Secret Service issues for months … and it's yielded visible results. We're not done yet.”

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