OP-EDs


July 20, 2011
For Nation’s Future, Collar Spending Now

The looming showdown on the debt limit is an artificial crisis — triggered by President Barack Obama’s July 7 threat to veto any debt increase that doesn’t extend the limit past the 2012 presidential election. It was a bold political maneuver by a president focused on re-election, and it appeared…

June 28, 2011
Deliver Reforms to the Troubled, Money-Losing Postal Service

Unless Congress takes action now, the future of the United States Postal Service is in jeopardy. But if Congress will enact a sensible, sweeping reform of the Postal Service, we can protect taxpayers from another bailout and make it possible for USPS to implement a sustainable business plan for the…

June 10, 2011
Assessing the Gulf Coast Response

For more than a year, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating the federal response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster that took the lives of 11 workers and caused one of the worst environmental and economic disasters in U.S. history. The evidence from this fact-based investigation demonstrates the negative consequences…

May 27, 2011
Obama’s Bad Policy, Harmful Regulations Add to Gas Prices

Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and a former member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Gasoline prices continued to rise across the nation last week, putting the cost per gallon to more than one dollar over this…

May 12, 2011
D.C. Can Slow Rising Gas Prices

As gas prices across the United States approach four dollars a gallon, Congress has a responsibility to ensure that political agendas and the administration’s bureaucratic delays do not block efforts to lower energy costs and use our nation’s abundant natural resources. Increasing oil and gas production – both offshore and…

Politicizing Procurement

When President Obama took office, he promised to lead a new era of government accountability. In fact, his administration was to be marked by an “unprecedented level of openness and transparency.” Yet recent signals from the White House raise serious questions about the president’s interest in transparency as a tool…

May 3, 2011
The Presidential Records Act & Protecting America’s Right to Know

Since the passage of the Presidential Records Act 33 years ago, electronic media and information technology have proliferated across the federal government. Yet Congress has not undertaken a legislative effort to update the law and meet the demands of the digital information age. Three different presidents have issued executive orders…

April 20, 2011
The Gulf is Still Waiting for More Drilling Permits

On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the administration’s de facto moratorium, or “permitorium,” on offshore drilling has resulted in higher prices for gas and heating fuel in addition to costing thousands of Americans jobs and making the country more dependent on foreign oil. Indeed, it appears…

Why are Spending Cuts So Hard?

Why was it so hard to get a budget passed that kept the federal government open for the remainder of this year? Why did it take the imminent threat of a complete government shutdown to broker a deal that cut $38.5 billion from the 2011 budget? The American people have…

March 30, 2011
Giving Students a Chance at Success

The House is due to vote Wednesday on reinstating the Opportunity Scholarship Program for the District of Columbia. This is a critical education reform that can offer low-income students and their parents the chance to break out of low-performing public schools and receive a quality education. The reauthorized program would…