Press Releases

Feb 2, 2012

Issa Lauds House Passage of H.R. 3835

WASHINGTON- On a bi-partisan vote of 309-117 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3835, a bill to extend the pay freeze for Members of Congress and federal employees by one year. The bill was introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy led debate on the House Floor. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the ...

Feb 2, 2012

Oversight Chairman Issa Statement on House Vote to Repeal CLASS Provisions

(WASHINGTON)—Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement on the House vote to pass H.R. 1173, the CLASS Act Repeal.  The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program was established as part of President Obama’s healthcare act and would have created a voluntary national program to provide insurance coverage to purchase community living services for disabled Americans and those requiring long-term care.  The ...

Feb 2, 2012

Fortress Holder: A Year of Justice Department Stonewalling, Visualized

Watch AG Holder Testify Tomorrow at FastAndFuriousInvestigation.com WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the Justice Department's year-long effort to obstruct accountability for Operation Fast and Furious. Today, the committee released an infographic capturing the ...

Feb 1, 2012

Ross Urges House to Approve Congressional & Federal Pay Freeze

WASHINGTON- Today, the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 3835, introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., which would extend the pay limitation for Members of Congress and Federal employees for one more year. The legislation would save taxpayers $26.2 billion. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., chairman of the subcommittee charged with oversight of the federal workforce, cited a study issued Monday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office ...

Jan 26, 2012

Issa Demands Access to Second US Attorney who Supervised Operation Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded in letter to Attorney General Holder that the Justice Department make Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office Assistant United States Attorney Michael Morrissey available to speak with Committee investigators about his role in and knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious. His supervisor, Patrick Cunningham, has stated he will exercise his Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer any questions pertaining to Operation ...

Jan 25, 2012

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa Statement on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON—Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista, CA) released the following statement tonight regarding President Obama's State of the Union Address: "The President tonight outlined a laundry list of popular programs without regard to what they cost and his own record in office. "He has failed to deliver on economic growth promises, has squandered $800 billion in stimulus funds, and vetoed jobs and affordable domestic energy bills passed by Congress. What ...

Jan 20, 2012

DOJ Official Asserts Fifth Amendment Right in Refusing to Testify in Probe of Operation Fast and Furious

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the criminal division in the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office, has informed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he intends to exercise his fifth amendment right not to incriminate himself next Tuesday at his deposition. Cunningham's response, made through his lawyer, to a subpoena issued by the committee is extremely ...

Jan 19, 2012

Oversight Committee Steps up Investigation of DOE and EPA Over Treatment of Hydraulic Fracturing

Request to Energy Department asks for transcribed interviews with senior officials Letter to EPA spotlights internal communications suggesting bias against recovery technology and plans to regulate it (WASHINGTON)—The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has requested transcribed interviews with senior Department of Energy (DOE) officials regarding DOE efforts to examine the alleged risks and economic benefits of hydraulic ...

Jan 19, 2012

Issa Subpoenas Criminal Division Chief from Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office

WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the issuance of a subpoena to Patrick J. Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. Mr. Cunningham's repeated refusals to testify voluntarily have forced the Committee to use compulsory process. "During the course of our investigation, the Committee has learned of the outsized role played by the Arizona U.S. ...

Jan 18, 2012

Issa and Gowdy Push Obama Administration for Explanation of “F” Grade on All 2010 Obamacare Regulations

(WASHINGTON)—Economists from Duke University and George Mason University have reviewed all eight 2010 Obamacare regulations, giving each regulatory impact analysis an "F" grade because of troubling problems with cost benefit analysis, rushed review, and systematic bias in the favor of regulation. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) have ...