Releases


January 28, 2014
Issa Recognizes National School Choice Week

“As we celebrate National School Choice Week, it is important that we continue to advocate for educational opportunities for students, no matter what their family income,” said Chairman Issa. “I am proud of the work of the Oversight Committee on behalf of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which has given thousands of low-income K-12 students in DC the chance to attend alternative private schools of their choice. DC OSP has empowered parents to provide their children with the educational approach that works best for them, rather than a one-size-fits-all system that keeps children in failing public schools. DC OSP should be praised as a model for the nation and not allowed to fade away under pressure from national teachers unions. I will continue to fight to keep the doors open to school choice for DC’s parents and students.”

January 27, 2014
Issa Statement on Stamp Rate Hike and Facility Closure Moratorium

“This week, the Postal Service’s unprecedented above-inflation rate hike goes into effect,” said Chairman Issa. “At the same time, the Postal Service just recently disclosed that it once again has decided to delay necessary cost-cutting reforms already in motion to appease the avowed opponents of postal reform. Relying solely on rate increases will not save the Postal Service from insolvency.”

January 22, 2014
Oversight Committee Releases Deposition Transcript of John Beale

“This is an egregious example of fraud on the highest levels of management at the EPA,” said Chairman Issa. “It’s disappointing that a civil servant got away with bilking the American people for so long. The IG has acted to make sure better controls are in place to keep this from happening again and Americans deserve that. ”

January 14, 2014
House Unanimously Passes More Good Government Reforms

“Accountability must occur on every level of government,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. on the passage of these bills. “Tools must be available for agencies to help themselves to meet the taxpayer’s standard of accountability, in addition to the watchful eye of Congress.”

Issa Statement on D.C. Circuit Court’s Net Neutrality Ruling

“I agree with the decision overruling the FCC’s flawed reasoning on net neutrality. The government’s restrictions on the free flow of information were a substitution of one concerning approach to address another. Over the last 20 years, the Internet has become a bastion for free speech and innovation. The last thing we need is ill conceived and shortsighted regulation that restricts its continued growth. Overregulation is certainly not the only significant threat to the Internet. There must be a vigilant effort to defend the free flow of information.”

January 13, 2014
Issa and Jordan Respond to Report that FBI Does Not Expect Criminal Charges in IRS Targeting Investigation

“Anonymous – and apparently politically motivated – leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and congressional investigators independently discovered that a high dollar contributor to the Obama Administration failed to recuse herself. These revelations further undermine the credibility of the Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership. Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.”

January 12, 2014
Issa Statement on the Passing of Ariel Sharon

“I am saddened by the passing of Ariel Sharon. He was a tough military leader in times of conflict and as prime minister, he was determined and consistent. I first met Sharon in 2001 and I quickly understood the depth of his love for his country. He was instrumental in developing our relationship with Israel and fostered continued diplomatic ties with the US and other nations.”

January 10, 2014
Issa, Grassley, Goodlatte Demand Answers on ATF’s Nationwide Undercover Operations

“We are appalled by ATF agents’ lack of judgment in recruiting juveniles and developmentally disabled individuals.”

Issa Statement on Passage of Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act

“The truth is that actual interviews and depositions taken of the highest ranking people that helped develop the website, both public and private, show there was no end-to-end testing [on HealthCare.gov]. It did not meet the spirit of any definition of a secure website,” Issa said.

January 9, 2014
Obama Political Donor Leading FBI Investigation of IRS Targeting

“It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies,” the letter continues. “At the very least, Ms. Bosserman’s involvement is highly inappropriate and has compromised the Administration’s investigation of the IRS.”