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May 8, 2014

Issa Votes to Establish the Select Committee on Benghazi

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives vote to establish the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding Benghazi headed by Oversight Committee member Trey Gowdy (R-SC). “Today’s vote to establish a Select Committee on Benghazi is an important step toward making the White House accountable to the American people.  This administration has obscured facts around their ...

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May 7, 2014

Bipartisan House Vote Finds IRS Targeting Scandal Figure Lois Lerner in Criminal Contempt

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives bipartisan vote finding former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative organizations applying for exempt status: “While I am disappointed that Ms. Lerner decided to face our criminal justice ...

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May 7, 2014

Issa to Oversight Dems: Do You Support President Obama’s Postal Reforms?

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to Democrat members of the Committee asking if they support President Obama’s postal reform provisions laid out in The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and scheduled for Committee mark up

May 6, 2014

Issa Statement on IG Report Finding $60.8 Million Falsely Claimed by NY Medicaid Program

“The report issued today is only the latest example of the systemic waste and abuse of federal taxpayer dollars that has become a hallmark of the New York State Medicaid program. As this report shows, New York State’s current leadership has not effectively addressed the long-standing problems in its program. The Committee will continue to press the federal government to recoup the $60.8 million identified by this audit, and as much as possible of the billions of dollars in overpayments ...

May 5, 2014

Issa Praises Decision to Name Oversight Member Trey Gowdy as Chairman of Select Committee on Benghazi

“Speaker Boehner could not have chosen a Member more committed to getting the full truth about the before, during, and after of the Benghazi terrorist attacks than Congressman Trey Gowdy. Trey has been an integral contributor to the Oversight Committee investigation and takes the knowledge we have gained, through subpoenas and individual testimony, to his new role leading the new Select Committee. I look forward to continuing to work with him as he leads the effort, across committee ...

May 2, 2014

Issa Statement on Select Committee on Benghazi

“Ongoing White House obstruction has repeatedly delayed and impaired efforts to get to the bottom of what occurred before, during, and after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi. Access to the interagency decision making process, including the White House, is critical to understanding what occurred...

May 2, 2014

Secretary Kerry Subpoenaed to Appear Before Oversight Committee

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced the issuance of a subpoena for testimony to Secretary of State John Kerry. The subpoena requires Secretary Kerry to appear before the Committee to answer questions at a public hearing on May 21, 2014. “The State Department’s response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack has shown a disturbing disregard for the Department’s legal obligations to Congress,” ...

May 1, 2014

IG Report Finds Flawed Process for Census Unemployment Data Collection

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), U.S. Postal Service & The Census Chairman Blake Farenthold (R-TX), released the following statements on the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General’s report on the Census Bureau’s Philadelphia Regional Office collection of unemployment data for the ...

May 1, 2014

BREAKING — General: State Department Never Asked Us to Save Americans in Benghazi

WASHINGTON – Today, at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, retired USAF Brigadier General Robert Lovell, the former Deputy Director for Intelligence for the U.S. African Command (AFRICOM), testified that State Department officials never asked the military to go save Americans under attack in Benghazi. At today’s hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz ...

Apr 28, 2014

Issa, Connolly, Woodall Praise Passage of Government Reports Elimination Act

“The Government Reports Elimination Act is a bipartisan reform that will save taxpayers money and streamline the government reports process,” Chairman Issa said. “Congress relies on accurate, timely reports to inform its spending and policy decisions, but outdated or duplicative reports are simply a waste of government resources. By eliminating the 79 reports deemed unnecessary by both the Office of Management and Budget and House Committees, we can save taxpayers an estimated $1 million ...