Press Releases

May 21, 2015

House Committee Chairmen Request Information on Aliens in U.S. with Possible Terrorist Connections

WASHINGTON — United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently disclosed that aliens with terrorist connections may be attempting to take advantage of the United States’ asylum system. Addressing those concerns, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight National Security Subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and House Judiciary Immigration and Border ...

May 18, 2015

Chaffetz, Bishop, Lummis, McClintock, & Gosar Call on the BLM to Suspend the Merger of Arizona and New Mexico State Offices

WASHINGTON—Addressing media reports that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering merging the New Mexico and Arizona state offices, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Oversight Interior Subcommittee Chairman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Natural Resources Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and House Oversight Interior Subcommittee Member Paul Gosar ...

May 14, 2015

Hearing Wrap Up: House Oversight Hearing on USSS IG Report on March 4th WH Incident

HOUSE OVERSIGHT FULL COMMMITTEE HEARING U.S. Secret Service: Accountability for March 4, 2015 Incident Witness: John Roth, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Takeaways: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inconsistently applies disciplinary action to ...

May 14, 2015

Rep. Hurd’s Bill to Ensure Fair Pay for Border Patrol Agents Passes the House

WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation [H.R. 2252] authored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23) that clarifies the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) fundamental misunderstanding of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. The bill, which was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this ...

May 14, 2015

Chaffetz, Cummings Statement on New DHS IG Report of March 4, 2015 White House Incident

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement in reaction to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on the investigation into the March 4, 2015 incident at the White House Complex. “Having reviewed the IG’s report, we continue to believe that a major cultural overhaul is essential to restoring the Secret Service to its former ...

May 13, 2015

Chairman Chaffetz Issues Statement on Amtrak Incident in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON— House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) issued the following statement in response to the Amtrak derailment that occurred late Tuesday evening on May 12th in Pennsylvania: “The news coming out of Pennsylvania regarding the Amtrak derailment is heartbreaking. Nearly 30 million people ride Amtrak each year and they should board the trains knowing that safety is a paramount priority. Rail safety is something we take very seriously ...

May 13, 2015

Hearing: “Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?”

Opening Statement Chairman Jason Chaffetz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjyBdbtXq-A “Airport security is pivotal to our nation’s safety and security. We appreciate the thousands of men and women that serve at the TSA.”   “One of the things that stuck out to me in the 9-11 Report is that often government lacks imagination. Terrorists and would-be nefarious characters who want to do harm will often be more creative than security personnel. It’s good that ...

May 13, 2015

Oversight Passes Bill to Ensure Fair Pay for Border Patrol Agents

WASHINGTON—Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup of [H.R. 2252], authored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23). The legislation passed out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Specifically, H.R. 2252 clarifies components of a new pay scale for U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents by making clear to the Department of Homeland ...

May 6, 2015

Chemical Safety Board Improvements Occurring in Response to Committee Oversight

WASHINGTON— Today during a public business meeting, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) took an important step forward by reversing controversial Board Order 2015-01. The board order, which consolidates much of the Board’s power solely with the Chairman, was passed by former ...

Apr 30, 2015

Examining Mismanagement Within the EPA

Hearing Highlights “It is very ironic that an agency is charged with making sure that we have a clean environment but yet has a work environment that is polluted.”-  Congressman Mark Meadows Congressman Trey Gowdy: Question- “Mr. Reeder, were you aware of an allegation of inappropriate and unwanted sexual discussion at an EPA happy hour on December the 4th 2013?” John Reeder, EPA Deputy Chief of Staff:  Answer- ...