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After the meeting, Mr. Martin dismissed the objections as partisan posturing, claiming Democrats had employed similar hardball tactics when they controlled the committees a few years back.

“I’ve got to try to clear the docket here and there’s no sense having a full public hearing on something we’ve already had a full public hearing on,” Mr. Martin said.

“I’m not so much concerned about the optics of this as I am about how things are,” he said.