Hoyer vs Obama on DISCLOSE Act Executive Order 

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has come out against a draft Executive Order that would that would make many provisions of the failed DISCLOSE Act law by fiat. The order would require all companies that sign contracts with the federal government to report on the personal political activities of their officers and directors. The AP reports:

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the party whip, told reporters that contractors should be chosen on the merits of their applications, their bids and their capabilities — not on their political donations.

Hoyer, in his weekly session with reporters, said, “I think there are some serious questions as to what implications there are if somehow we consider political contributions in the context of awarding contracts.”

He said the plan would raise questions if a Democratic contributor failed to win a contract with a Republican administration — or vice versa.

The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the issue this Thursday titled: “Politicizing Procurement: Will President Obama’s Proposal Curb Free Speech & Hurt Small Business?”

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