Releases


August 22, 2012
Oversight Committee Asks IRS to Explain Recent Rule that Expands Obamacare’s Reach in a Way Not Authorized in Law

“Since there is nothing in the legislative history to support IRS’s rule and IRS ignored the legislative history that suggests the plain text of the statute represented Congressional intent about limiting the tax credits to state Exchanges, IRS’s defense of its rule using “the relevant legislative history” is flawed and misleading…”

Issa and Grassley: Top ATF Official in Operation Fast and Furious Remains on Extended Paid Leave while Simultaneously Employed by Major Financial Services Company

“Under any reading of the relevant personnel regulations, it appears that ATF management was under no obligation to approve this sort of arrangement,” wrote Issa and Grassley.

August 21, 2012
Oversight Leaders Ask OIRA to Reevaluate Pending Auto Rules Negotiated in Secret

“Higher fuel efficiency standards is a goal I share—but not at the expense of consumer safety and not when those rules are implemented under a cloak of secrecy in a manner outside the law,” Chairman Issa said.

August 20, 2012
SEC Delays Implementation of Key Provision in JOBS Act

“By kicking the can down the road, you are abdicating your responsibility to follow the law, failing to fulfill your sworn commitment to this Subcommittee, and ignoring the will of Congress and the President of the United States,” wrote Chairman McHenry.

August 15, 2012
Oversight Chairman Issa Statement on NHTSA Announcement of Auto Rule Delay

“The announcement today by the Obama Administration that it is delaying implementation of new auto standards is a victory for transparency and for consumer choice and safety,” said Issa.

Oversight Committee Presses Energy Secretary on False Denials, Improper Use of Non-official Email Accounts in Solyndra Loan Program

“Recently-obtained documents show DOE officials frequently used Yahoo! and Gmail to communicate about the loan guarantee program,” Issa, Jordan, and Gowdy wrote to Chu.

August 13, 2012
House Asks Federal Court to Rule Against Attorney General’s Stonewalling in Fast and Furious

“President Obama exceeded his authority by asserting executive privilege over subpoenaed documents related to the Justice Department’s cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious,” said Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

August 10, 2012
New Report Sheds Light on Obama Administration Campaign to Strong-Arm Auto Makers in Mileage Negotiations

“In the wake of a massive taxpayer funded bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, the Obama Administration took aggressive action to force a rulemaking process that reflects ideology over science and politics over process and law,” Issa said.

August 9, 2012
Citing New Documents, Oversight Committee Queries President on Involvement in Controversial Energy Loan Program

“The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has obtained documents which raise questions about how your interactions with business leaders at political events affected decisions to give billions of taxpayer dollars in loan guarantees to green energy companies…”

August 3, 2012
White House Pressed on Admission of Frequent Backdoor E-mails with ‘Longstanding Relationships’ (i.e. Lobbyists, Campaign Contributors, Former Employers, etc.)

“The American people have a right to know that White House staff and federal officials are conducting the business of the government transparently and in accordance with record-keeping statutes,” said Issa.