Yeah, I came here to say that. The interesting thing is that the linked article doesn't mention Obama at all, even in passing: this weird misconception about how the Legislative branch works is all Cory's invention.
... oh, also: it's the House subcommittee. Being the ranking Democrat on a House subcommittee is effectively meaningless in these days of complete Republican unanimity and the Hastert Rule. Even if he's as bad as everyone fears, Nadler won'tbe making any decisions on the committee for at least three years (unless the Democrats take the House in November, which precisely no-one is predicting will happen).
PS: Cory's story about how every time it looks like the subcommittee might do some good it is dissolved, and resurrected later with a more malign membership? That story refers to something pretty disgusting that did happen ... one time. So, whence "every time"?