Press Releases

Nov 13, 2014

Issa Statement on Ex-Im Bank Record Keeping Failures

“The Export-Import Bank’s classification of small business loans was directly questioned during the Oversight Committee’s July hearing. More importantly, gross inaccuracies in the Bank’s self-reported data make vigorous congressional oversight all the more necessary. It is time for the Bank to stop stonewalling Congress. I expect full compliance with the Committee’s subpoena.”

Nov 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 This bipartisan reform is a commonsense step in the right direction, reducing duplicative or outdated reports to save taxpayers money.”

Nov 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 ...

Nov 10, 2014

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 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ...

Nov 10, 2014

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 ...

Nov 10, 2014

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 ...

Nov 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 ...

Nov 7, 2014

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 ...

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Nov 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 ...

Oct 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 ...