Mar 26, 2012

TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?

1:30pm on Monday, March 26, 2012 in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building The work of our two Committees has documented a recurring pattern of mismanagement and waste at the Transportation Security Administration.  Add to this an unending string of video clips, photographs and news reports about inappropriate, clumsy and even illogical searches and screenings by TSA agents.  Americans are right to demand answers from TSA about the return on investment of their tax dollars.  

  • Full Oversight Committee
Mar 21, 2012

Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis: Causes, Consequences for the United States and Lessons Learned

2154 Rayburn House Office Building Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement The United States and Europe together account for 50 percent of world GDP and 40 percent of the world’s trade in goods and services. With these two economies inexorably linked, a downturn in one immediately and broadly impacts the other. A catastrophic failure in Europe would threaten our own economic situation at a time we can least afford it.   Today, the Committee on ...

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Mar 20, 2012

Oversight of the Department of Energy’s Stimulus Spending

Today the price of gasoline is approaching $4.00 per gallon, twice its level in 2009. American consumers understandably ask what the Department of Energy and the Obama Administration have done to address this. But during the Obama Administration, you might say the DOE has been DOA when it comes to delivering affordable energy to consumers.

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Mar 19, 2012

Failure to Recover: The State of Housing Markets, Mortgage Servicing Practices, and Foreclosures

Field Hearing: Brooklyn Borough Hall, located at 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Mar 8, 2012

Food Stamp Fraud as a Business Model: USDA’s Struggle to Police Store Owners

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement According to USDA’s own accounting estimates, 15% of all convenience and small grocery stores that accept food stamps participate in food stamp trafficking.  A typical example of fraud by a store owner in the program would involve ringing up items prohibited by the food stamp fraud, like beer and cigarettes, as vegetables.  In other instances, merchants pay cash for a card, ...

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Feb 28, 2012

Government 2.0: GAO Unveils New Duplicative Program Report

Chairman Issa Hearing Preview Statement   Taxpayers deserve modern, efficient and cost-effective operations in their government, and it is the job of Congress and the Obama Administration, especially in times of fiscal crisis, to deliver these results. Today the Government Accountability Office released a report that outlines 51 new areas of duplication, overlap and fragmentation. It has identified across ...

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Feb 16, 2012

Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?

Americans of all faiths have a right to practice their religion free from the fear of persecution or harassment from their government. Our nation's founders believed this and enshrined religious freedom into the First Amendment to the Constitution.   While some Americans may not feel that government mandates forcing them to pay for contraception are an infringement on their religious beliefs, others consider it to be an assault against their freedom of ...

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Feb 15, 2012

Why Reshuffling Government Agencies Won’t Solve the Federal Government’s Obesity Problem

The federal government has grown astronomically despite a fiscal crisis and a lingering recession that has shrunk corporations, small businesses and put further strain on millions of American families working to make ends meet. Today's hearing will shed light on different proposals—including President Obama's—to assess and reshuffle the size of our federal government. The President's own budget, released this week, would add $1.3 trillion to the deficit in 2013. This budget does ...

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Feb 13, 2012

Field Hearing: Exploring All the Energy Options and Solutions: South Texas as a Leader in Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy

Cheap and abundant energy has fueled our economic growth and job creation over the last century—continuing this growth in the future depends upon sustaining the availability and low cost of energy resources. Texas is at the heart of a resurging energy economy all along the Gulf Coast. Today, we look to the job creators of Texas to tell their stories about what policies have been successful and how their focus on fostering energy production has made Texas a magnet for new residents ...

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Feb 8, 2012

The Right to Choose: Protecting Union Workers from Forced Political Contributions

Every worker should have the choice to decide whether their money is taken from their paychecks and used to fund political activity.   When this occurs, a worker should also have the right to know how their money is spent. Individual freedom and personal choice are cornerstones of our democratic government—they are also at the heart of union participation in America. Today’s hearing will examine the process by which union dues are collected and how transparent unions are ...

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