Releases


November 13, 2014
Reps. Issa, Connolly and Sens. Warner, Ayotte Applaud House Vote to Eliminate or Modify 50 Unnecessary Federal Reports

“The Government Reports Elimination Act reduces waste and duplication in the federal government by eliminating or streamlining 53 unnecessary government reports, said Chairman Issa. “I would especially like to thank Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), who were original House cosponsors of this bill. This bipartisan reform is a commonsense step in the right direction, reducing duplicative or outdated reports to save taxpayers money.”

November 10, 2014
Issa Statement on ObamaCare Enrollment Estimates

“Once again, the Department of Health and Human Services is lowering expectations ahead of ObamaCare’s open enrollment period, a tactic that has become par for the course for this Administration. The prospect of lower enrollment figures should come as no surprise, given ObamaCare’s troubled track record over the last year. Under the President’s health care law, Americans have experienced broken exchanges, cancelled coverage, higher premiums, and unaffordable deductibles. Despite the Administration’s habit of moving the goal posts, the fact is ObamaCare is simply not delivering the results Americans were originally promised by the President.”

House Judiciary and Oversight Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Patent & Trademark Office Telework Abuse

Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced a joint full committee hearing, “Abuse of USPTO’s Telework Program: Ensuring Oversight, Accountability and Quality.” The hearing will examine reports of systemic abuses and mismanagement within the employee telework program at…

Issa Statement on President’s Support for Regulating the Internet

“President Obama’s decision to put political pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet is bad for American consumers, would stifle economic growth, and would open the pathway for unnecessary government interference. The Internet’s revolutionary success is due in large part to an entrepreneurialism that adapts and innovates freely as the Internet evolves. A free and open Internet allows Americans to operate their small businesses, communicate freely, and stay competitive in a changing global economy. Instead of bowing to political pressure from the President, the FCC should take into account the strong bipartisan support for keeping the Internet free and open.”

Issa/Farenthold on Postal Service’s Security Breach

“This is a serious security breach that has put the personal information of Americans at risk. The Committee is deeply concerned about this cyber attack, and will continue to press the Postal Service for answers about how hackers were able to pierce the agency’s security protocols. Additionally, it underscores the dire need for information security reform, which the committee has pursued through FISMA reforms. The Postal Service must do a better job securing the information of the American public.”

November 7, 2014
Issa Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Challenge to Obamacare

“President’s Obama’s health law was pushed on the American people through a highly partisan effort that never did an adequate analysis of the government’s authority to provide premium subsidies through exchanges established by the federal government. The sloppy and rushed nature of the process that created the health law is rightly catching up to it. The statute provides no authority for subsidies through the federal exchange, and proponents of the law cannot cover-up their regrets by ignoring the plain text of the law when it proves inconvenient.”

Oversight Subpoenas Ex-Im Bank Following Months of Stonewalling Congress

“Having submitted a proposal to reauthorize the Bank and increase its lending authority, you should expect to provide Congress with unfettered access to the information it needs to evaluate that request, including information relating to Bank operations,” wrote the Members. “However, redacted transcripts made available by the Bank reveal very little about those matters; the Bank redacted virtually every discussion among directors and staff exploring why the Bank could lawfully participate in specific financing transactions.”

November 4, 2014
Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents

“When Eric Holder wants to know why he was the first Attorney General held in criminal contempt of Congress, he can read the judge’s order that compelled the production of 64,280 pages that he and President Obama illegitimately and illegally withheld from Congress. Since these pages still do not represent the entire universe of the documents the House of Representatives is seeking related to the Justice Department’s cover-up of the botched gun-walking scandal that contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent, our court case will continue. I am deeply concerned that some redactions to these documents may still be inappropriate and contrary to the judge’s order in the case. This production is nonetheless a victory for the legislative branch, a victory for transparency, and a victory for efforts to check Executive Branch power. As the production is extensive and may contain sensitive information, our investigative staff will be carefully examining the documents turned over last night.”

October 30, 2014
Issa and Grassley: US Attorney Put Public in Danger by Failing to Bring Charges in Border Grenade Case

“The Inspector General’s detailed review found that federal prosecutors should have approved the arrest and prosecution of Kingery long before they did,” said Issa. “The failure of the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office, and specifically Assistant United States Attorney Emory Hurley, to take action allowed a dangerous individual to remain free and continue his criminal activities, placing public safety at risk on both sides of the border by allowing the trafficking of grenades to narco-terrorists. The IG’s report shows that Hurley again failed to bring charges against suspected criminals when he had more than enough evidence, as he did in Operation Fast and Furious.”

October 27, 2014
VIDEO: Time for the truth and an end to IRS targeting once and for all

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said: “We have stopped an IRS targeting effort that treated conservatives differently and we have put the brakes on a new Administration effort to target political participation through regulation. But we have not fixed the IRS or finished our investigation of targeting that started under Lois Lerner. This IRS, this Treasury Department, and this White House have not given Congress the cooperation they promised – they have attempted to stonewall us. This new presentation should remind Americans that this is not over: the House of Representatives continues our investigation, our demand for a credible criminal probe, and to protect the rights of all Americans to participate freely and openly in the political process.”