Issa Statement on the Retirement of Former Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman
“Henry Waxman’s legacy in public service included significant efforts he undertook as a Member, Ranking Member, and finally Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While I didn’t always agree with Chairman Waxman on matters of both policy and oversight tactics, his tenure helming the Committee set important precedents and innovated new investigative tools such as the use of subpoenas for closed-door depositions. A number issues he doggedly began to follow during ...
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 ...
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.”
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. ”
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 ...
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 ...
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."
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.