House subcommittee investigating the 'weaponization' of government to hold first hearing: live updates

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  • 2023-02-09 12:21:06Z

The newly-established House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is slated to hold its first hearing Thursday to investigate the alleged weaponization of the government against Republicans.

Here's what else is happening in politics:

  • The Biden administration hits the road: President Joe Biden heads to Florida after visiting a union training center in Wisconsin.

  • Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson plans to testify on the "roadblocks" he faced from government agencies during his investigation of Hunter Biden.

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Sen. John Fetterman hospitalized for lightheadedness

Sen. John Fetterman, who had a stroke during his 2022 Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, is in the hospital, his office said late Wednesday night.

Fetterman was taken to George Washington University Hospital after feeling lightheaded toward the end of the Senate Democratic retreat Wednesday, according to a statement from his spokesperson, Joe Calvello.

"Initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke, but doctors are running more tests and John is remaining overnight for observation," Calvello said.

-- Candy Woodall

Read the whole story here: Democratic Sen. John Fetterman, who suffered a stroke on campaign trail, hospitalized for lightheadedness

Biden schedule today

President Joe Biden will travel to Floriday as part of his post-State of the Union travel to bring his key issues to an outside-the-Beltway audience. He will focus today is on Social Security and Medicare.

Biden's event at 1:30 pm will be held in Tampa.

Biden to bring Social Security fight to Florida

President Joe Biden will continue his attacks on Republicans over Social Security and Medicare when he travels to Florida.

Biden has accused Republicans - including Florida Sen. Rick Scott - of endangering the popular retirement programs by proposing all federal legislation by renewed every five years. Scott says Biden is twisting his words.

Biden appeared to relish the dispute over the issue during his State of the Union address when Republican lawmakers interrupted his speech to challenge him.

Biden said Wednesday he hopes that means Republicans have agreed not to cut Social Security and Medicare but, "I'll believe it when I see it."

- Maureen Groppe

More: Marjorie Taylor Greene, other Republicans spar with Biden over Social Security, Medicare

Subcommittee on weaponization of the government set to hold first hearing Thursday

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., will testify Thursday during a GOP-led hearing of the congressional subcommittee investigating the alleged weaponization of the government against Republicans.

Johnson plans to speak about the "roadblocks" he faced from government agencies during his investigation into President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, that concluded in 2020 while Johnson was the chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Johnson's office told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who recently quit the Democratic Party, and former FBI special agent Nicole Parker will also testify during the hearing, according to CNN, which was first to report the developments.

- Lawrence Andrea

Biden under scrutiny: House Republicans gear up investigations of the president

Biden: Republican investigations of my family 'won't go very far'

President Joe Biden said House Republicans' investigations into the business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden, and other members of his family "won't go very far."

"The public's not going to pay attention to that," Biden said in an interview Wednesday on PBS NewsHour. "They want these guys to do something. If the only thing they can do is make up things about my family, it's not going to go very far."

The Republican-led House Oversight Committee held its first hearing Wednesday investigating the Biden family as former Twitter executives faced questions about media coverage of Hunter Biden's laptop. It's the start of a string of probes into the president that Republicans have long promised.

- Joey Garrison

7 takeaways from Twitter hearing: Hunter Biden laptop story enflames House lawmakers

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: House to hold hearing on 'weaponization' of government: live updates


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