Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that lawmakers need more than three days notice to attend questioning because they are busy and are “not just sitting around eating bonbons,” reports Bloomberg News.
The two lawmakers butted heads during the first meeting of the now-Democratic-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which was also the first time Meadows and the freshman congresswoman appeared at a committee meeting together.
Meadows and other Republicans on the Oversight Committee told Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., that they believe members should get five days’ notice to attend questioning of witnesses by Democratic staff lawyers. He argued that this was especially important for those lawmakers who live far from D.C. and need to make arrangements to get there for questioning.
“I don’t believe we need five days” if lawmakers are doing their jobs, Ocasio-Cortez said in response to the 5-day request.
“Mr. Chairman, I can tell you on all of this at this particular point, we’re all wanting to cooperate,” Meadows responded to the Democratic representative’s claim. “Sometimes our schedules, you know, we’re not just sitting around eating bonbons, waiting for the call of anybody.”
Ocasio-Cortez asked Cummings if Republicans when they controlled the Oversight Committee in the 115th Congress, gave members more notice to make arrangements.
“No,” said Cummings.
“OK, thank you,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Cummings, however, did say that the committee would provide members five days’ notice, as opposed to three, when possible.