House Votes to End 'Car Czar,' 'Pay Czar' Posts If the Republican majority in the House of Representatives gets its way, the Obama administration's "car czar" and eight other presidential advisers will soon find they are out of jobs.

Conservative lawmakers voted Thursday to eliminate the positions in an amendment to a bill that would keep the federal government running through March 30, The Detroit News reported.

The 249-149 vote was along mostly party lines. The advisory positions were labeled "a shadow government" by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).

The czars essentially hold Cabinet-level positions that aren't held to the same scrutiny and accountability that's required by law for Cabinet posts, Scalise said. "The government should not be running car companies, we should not be regulating the Internet, and we should not have all these czars."

Among the eight other positions Republicans would like to eliminate is the "pay czar" post held by Patricia Geoghegan, who oversees pay for the top 25 executives at firms that received bailouts under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

That led Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to question why Republicans would want to eliminate the special master position that monitors compensation at General Motors (GM), Chrysler Group, American International Group (AIG) and Ally Financial, all of which received TARP funds.

Should the post be eliminated, Frank said, there would be no one to oversee salaries, bonuses and other compensation at those companies, which still owe the federal government tens of billions of dollars.


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sfamilyent

The House Republicans are fulfilling their promises to cut spending and reduce the size of the federal government. While I personally do not agree with their across the board slash and burn methodology, their actions are not surprising.
And for those of you who might think that this is bad, just wait until they take up the debate on entitlements - social security, Medicare and Medicaid... Don't expect a surgical approach will be taken on cutting these costs...

February 19 2011 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cow1129

AMEN....all these Czars need to go.. talk about a big waste of taxpayer money! You Democrats better quit holding up the economy with this kind of wasteful crap and you will be out of work in 2012!

February 19 2011 at 12:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Hi RON

GET RID of ALL these CZARS ---- it is plain idiotic to fund these additional positions with taxpayer money. We have enough gov't now....way too mauch in fact. Get Rid of Education Dept. and Energy Dept. Lets let the States handle these types of operations if they are even needed.... a lot is plain duplication!!

February 18 2011 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fmirabelli

Interesting...Barney Frank put the US in the position we have now to give low income people the right to buy homes and cars with loans and mortgages that can never be paid. TARP funds were necessary to bail out banks, car companies and insurance companies. Batney Frank is an ignorant representatvie who feels that the TARP funded companies need someone to judge how much they should get paid. I wonder, isn't it time to have someone represent the people to decide how much congress and senate get paid ? Stay quiet Barney Frank...you are not fit to decide anything for the american people.

February 18 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
verneuker

They could do something useful and get rid of the "Drug Czar" position as well.

February 18 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
hustonlaw

Republicans are fixated on what's bad for America. They mindlessly argue for "free enterprise" even if it involves letting the bailed out companies psy themselves massive amounts of taxpayers dollars, the same taxpayer dollars that they claim to be concerned about. But some folks you need to "...put under lock and key, and make damned sure they're free...", to quote Phil Ochs. He was being facetious, but Bernie Madoff, Hedge Funds, our banking community and their ilk weren't around when Phil was.

February 18 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Trevor

The mindless are the synophants like you who cartoonishly imagine bailouts are part of free enterprise.

February 19 2011 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gpfs

Your tax dollars at work:
The DoD wasted $100 million on unused flight tickets and never bothered to collect refunds, even though the tickets were refundable.
Washington spends $60,000 per hour shooting Air Force One photo-ops
Congress has ignored efficiency recommendations from the Dept. Of Health and Human Svcs that would have saved $9 billion annually.
Congress recently spent $2.4 billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not want or need.
The National Institutes of Health spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.

Want more? Oh, where can we cut?

February 18 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
crtranspor

I idea of anyone in the government with the title of czar sickens me!!

February 18 2011 at 1:19 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
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jim wiese

FANTASTIC MOVE -- BARNEY FRANK CAN - WELL GO GET'EM CONSERVATIVES

February 18 2011 at 12:04 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dvdlbt1

Republicans are right we don't need CZARS!

We also don't need to bail out failed buisnesses!

I want my money back!

February 18 2011 at 11:39 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
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Abc2access

At this point, it appears that the Obama plan is getting us back on recovery; If it is not broken, do not fix it. so GOP keeps screwing around, they will drive the bus back off in the ditch again.

February 18 2011 at 12:21 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply