But on the floor, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) cited an error by “professional staff” — an oblique reference to the House Legislative Counsel’s office, which helps lawmakers draft legislative language.
Issa’s charge angered the office, which is fiercely protective of its reputation.
In fact, staff traced the error to an email from an Oversight and Government Reform Committee staffer to a Rules Committee staffer.
In a brief interview, Issa said he didn’t know whether that was true but that it wasn’t important anyway. “The issue is how many sets of eyes reviewed this language and didn’t catch [the typo],” he said, arguing the blame applied across the board.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.