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 ...
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 “Congress relies on accurate, timely reports to inform its spending and policy decisions, but outdated or duplicative reports are simply a waste of government resources.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 ...
House Sends DATA Act to President Obama
“Today’s passage of the DATA Act is a victory for taxpayers,” said Chairman Issa. “Addressing rampant waste and fraud in government starts with making publicly accessible, structured information available online for everyone—taxpayers and watchdogs alike. I applaud my House colleagues’ bipartisan action today to reform and improve spending transparency. The DATA Act is a win for good government, moving the federal bureaucracy into the digital age and setting the stage for real ...
Issa Statement on House Passage of D.C. Height Act Amendment
The House today passed H.R. 4192, to amend the 1910 Height of Buildings Act, as amended, on a recorded vote of 367-16. The legislation will allow the District of Columbia government to approve human occupancy of penthouses up to one-story tall above the top story of buildings in the city.
Issa Statement on Oregon’s Decision to Scrap ObamaCare Exchange
WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following statement on Oregon’s decision to shut down its state health insurance exchange and join the federal exchange: “Oregon’s decision to scrap its exchange altogether and join the federal exchange means federal taxpayers have lost the $305 million spent on the site. Going forward, federal officials should insist that Oregon foot the bill for the state’s transition ...
Oversight Committee Probes Justice Department Role in IRS Targeting
Requests documents and transcribed interview of DOJ official in wake of public revelation that DOJ corresponded with former IRS official Lois Lerner about prosecuting tax exempt status applicants WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and sixteen Oversight Committee members asked Department of Justice Attorney General Eric Holder to produce documents and a Justice Department official for a transcribed interview to ...
Issa and Farenthold Probe Census Revisions to Healthcare Coverage Rate
“Numerous experts from across the political spectrum claim that the Census’s new measure will limit the effectiveness of the survey to measure the effects the Affordable Care Act has had on the number of people with health insurance over time. We have serious concerns about the timing of this revision given the purported input and approval of officials at the White House and HHS of these revamped survey questions.”
Issa Presses White House on Its Decision to Redact HHS’ HealthCare.gov E-mails
WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., pressed for more information on the White House’s decision to withhold and redact documents the Committee subpoenaed from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the launch of HealthCare.gov. In a letter sent today to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, ...
Issa and Jordan on New Documents Discussing Potential Prosecution of Tax Exempt Groups
“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” said Chairman Issa. “These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”
Issa Statement on the Resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius had a supremely difficult job implementing a law as unpopular and unwieldy as ObamaCare. Her tenure as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services may be at an end, but Americans will be dealing with the repercussions of the president's health law for a very long time.