Releases


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.”

October 21, 2014
Grassley, Issa Seek Agency Explanation of Federal Workers on Long-term Paid Leave

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa today asked the federal agencies featured in a critical government audit to account for the hundreds of federal employees on paid leave for a year or more. “Each agency handles administrative leave on its own terms in the absence of clear guidance that…

October 17, 2014
Issa, Jordan Probe Federal Regulators’ Role in Operation Choke Point, Uncover Evidence of FDIC Pressuring Banks

“The Federal Reserve Board is the primary supervisor and regulator of bank holding companies and state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. In the course of its investigation of Operation Choke Point, the Committee has learned that federal regulators are pressuring banks to terminate relationships with legal yet disfavored industries, without regard to the legitimacy or risk profile of individual companies.”

October 16, 2014
Grassley, Issa Press for Answers about Another Crime Gun Connected to Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa are again pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to be forthcoming about yet another gun found at the scene of a shooting in Arizona and connected to the ill-advised gunwalking strategy known as Operation Fast and Furious. The shooting occurred at…

October 3, 2014
Issa, Cummings to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: Independent Review of Secret Service Must Assess Entire Agency

“At a September 30, 2014, hearing titled ‘White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service,’ Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified before the Committee in an open session, followed by a closed session. During the hearing, Committee Members expressed bipartisan apprehension about a series of dangerous security breaches over the past several years, as well as troubling reports involving protocol failures, technology lapses, training reductions, and internal cultural issues that may discourage agents from reporting security concerns to their superiors.”

October 2, 2014
Whistleblower Protection Act Intended to Shield Whistleblowers from Agency Rules Undermining the Law

“Only Congress does, and should, have the authority to determine the law when it comes to whistleblowing. Agencies have a clear conflict of interest. Giving them the power to define on their own what information is exempt from whistleblower protections would be like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. It would sacrifice one of the most important means of uncovering waste, fraud, and abuse,” Grassley said.