Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind.: A long-serving Republican from Indiana, Burton is a seasoned veteran who chaired this committee from 1996 to 2002. The Hoosier state representative voiced his opinion in January that he would prefer to see lawmakers dealing with other issues rather than steroids in sports. "I don't like to see Congress doing this. This doesn't seem to be something that I think Congress should be doing. Nevertheless, I think it is useful, especially if it gets the message out to all sports figures and high profile figures, that they should not be involved in this," Burton said. Look for Burton to try to get that message across when he speaks to the witnesses.
Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill.: Davis had harsh words for baseball's leaders last month. "It is my feeling that Major League Baseball has failed miserably in policing itself relative to the use of illegal drugs and the proliferation of performance-enhancing substances by Major League Baseball players," Davis said. Expect Davis to have more harsh words for baseball's players this month.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.: A vocal conservative, the Californian is always opinionated and always aggressive. Take his stance on the steroids hearings: "The first Congressional hearings forced baseball to come to grips with the problem it had with steroids," Issa said. "Democrats in Congress, however, have lately engaged in a made-for-media parade of past bad behaviors. The committee should return to focusing on problems with the federal bureaucracy."
The hearing hasn't even begun, but already the partisan back-and-forth has. Counters a Democratic congressional aide, "It disappoints me to learn that Republicans would make such accusations, particularly when looking back on the critical hearings addressing issues that were neglected under GOP leadership. This hearing is about following up on what was started under the Republican-led Congress in 2005: keeping our children safe. This is not a partisan issue, and I regret that anyone would try to portray it as such."
Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y.: The Empire State Democrat repeatedly asked Selig and Fehr about a "code of silence" that Mitchell said he faced in trying to get answers for his report. Towns, on his 12th term in the House of Representatives, will undoubtedly attempt to break that code when the witnesses take their turns at the witness stand.