At a time when many are looking for help on raging inflation and who to blame for record-high gas prices, oversight Democrats are turning into pet collars, drawing fire from frustrated Republicans.
On Wednesday, with gas at an all-time high of $ 5.014 a gallon and inflation at 8.6%, the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s subcommittee charged with looking out for consumers will hold its first hearing of the year to discuss Seresto’s flea collar for dogs and cats.
On Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, will hold a hearing to examine the findings of the Subcommittee’s report entitled ‘Seresto Flea and Tick Collars: Examining Why a Product Linked to More than 2,500 Pet Deaths Remains on the Market,’ Revealing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knew of the dangers associated with the Seresto flea and tick collar for several years, but failed to take action to protect pets and their owners,” the committee announced.
While an important issue, Republicans said the subcommittee should first address what is hurting people the most.
What do you think Committee Democrats are holding a hearing on this week?
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) June 13, 2022
Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX), the top Republican on the subcommittee, told Secrets: “Democrats are barking up the wrong tree and holding a hearing on pet collars. We need to use the committee’s resources to conduct oversight of the many Biden-made crises impacting Americans’ everyday lives.”
He added: “Americans are suffering from 40-year high inflation, record-breaking gas prices, an ongoing border crisis, and an out-of-stock baby formula. Republicans have conducted oversight and called for hearings on these issues, but Democrats refuse to do the same.”
Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the full committee’s top GOP dog, added: “The Oversight Committee under Democrat leadership has gone to the dogs. Democrats have not held a single hearing on record inflation or gas prices, but they’ve managed to find time to hold a hearing this week on pet collars. Americans are paying more for just about everything because of President Biden and Democrats’ out-of-control government spending. It’s past time for this committee to get back to its mission and deliver accountability and solutions for the American people.”
In its defense, the subcommittee has been probing a report of dog deaths and the collar for over a year. It plans to hear from two former dog owners and the Center for Biological Diversity, which recently received internal Environmental Protection Agency emails suggesting the government tried to quiet the pet scandal.
Republicans, meanwhile, are eager to focus on high gas prices and inflation, which Democrats and the Biden administration have failed to curb.
Considering this Committee has spent their time examining the Washington Football Team, “environmental justice,” the so-call assault on voting rights in Texas, baby playsets, and “birthing while Black,” I’d say the answer is Pet Collars.
Yes, this is REAL life. Only in DC 🤯 https://t.co/SSdOAVEieU
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) June 13, 2022
Oversight committee Republicans had some fun with the issue this week, quizzing the public on Twitter over the focus of Democrats.
“What do you think Committee Democrats are holding a hearing on this week?” the group asked. Most, 89.1%, chose the right answer, dog collars, prompting Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) to tweet: “Considering this Committee has spent their time examining the Washington Football Team, ‘environmental justice,’ the so-call assault on voting rights in Texas, baby playsets, and ‘birthing while Black,’ I’d say the answer is Pet Collars.”