Press Releases

Oct 31, 2011

Issa Introduces Legislation Requiring D.C. Employee Background Checks

WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, introduced legislation to require criminal background checks for certain high-ranking District government employees and establish the same standards the federal government uses when it hires for all prospective District government employees. "This bill will help prevent past failures by ensuring that District of Columbia leaders are held ...

Oct 31, 2011

Issa Releases Findings of Investigation into Sulaimon Brown’s Allegations Against Administration of D.C. Mayor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the findings of the committee's seven month investigation into accusations of improper payments and promises of employment made to former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown by the Administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. "The committee's investigation found evidence corroborating claims by Sulaimon Brown that his campaign for mayor received financial backing linked to a senior ...

Oct 27, 2011

New Report: President Obama’s Health Care Plan Discriminates Against Families with New Marriage Penalty and Moves 8 Million Taxpayers Off Rolls

85 percent of tax filers who claim Obama plan subsidy will end the year with zero or negative income tax liability (WASHINGTON) – President Obama’s health care plan creates a new marriage penalty that discriminates against families and many workers with employer-sponsored insurance.  The law will also remove as many as 8.1 million filers off the tax rolls.  After receiving the President’s new refundable tax credit, some 11.3 million people will have negative ...

Oct 27, 2011

Oversight Chairman Issa Questions Energy Department About $700 Million Loan Offer to Severstal

Steel company owned by Russian oligarch worth $18.5 billion, producing steel already in excess supply  (WASHINGTON)—Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu to provide answers about the decision-making processes regarding a department-approved $730 million loan to Severstal North America for its Dearborn, Mich., facility. The firm is a subsidiary of the Russian steel ...

Oct 26, 2011

Issa, Grassley Press for Additional Information on Death of ICE Agent Zapata, Tactics Used in Texas

WASHINGTON – Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley are pressing for additional information into the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata and the tactics used while conducting surveillance on known straw purchasers, raising concerns similar to policies of Operation Fast and Furious out of the Phoenix office. The letter explains the inconsistent statements by the Justice Department regarding Otilio Osorio, his brother Ranferi Osorio, ...

Oct 21, 2011

Joint Release: Repeal CLASS Working Group Continues to Press HHS on Failed Obama Health Care Component

(WASHINGTON) – Members of the Bicameral Repeal CLASS Working Group sent a letter October 20 to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius reiterating earlier questions about her knowledge of the flawed financial structure of the controversial Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, which was created in President Obama's health care law. Members of the House/Senate group also ...

Oct 18, 2011

AmericanJobCreators.com Dispatches from the Road: Deardorff Family Farms Story

What Happens When Federal Regulations Invade A California Family Farm? AmericanJobCreators.com Dispatch from the Road While American families deserve clean air and water, America's two million family farms live or die by it. Sustainable ecosystems power the more than $300 billion agriculture industry, ...

Oct 14, 2011

Obama Administration Kills Part of Obamacare After Bicameral Pressure Spotlighted Unsustainable Model

(WASHINGTON) – The Obama Administration announced today it was killing a provision in the President's signature health care reform program because the underlying actuarially model was unsustainable. A bicameral coalition said the provision, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act, was originally included to mask the true budgetary impacts of Obamacare. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Health Care, District of ...

Oct 14, 2011

Chairman Issa, Oversight Committee Submit $375 Billion in Savings to Super Committee, Warn of President’s Postal Gimmick

(WASHINGTON)—Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today submitted seven recommendations to the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Joint Select Committee) that, if implemented, will provide a minimum of $375 billion in savings over ten years. The letter also suggests that the Joint Committee should not address U.S. Postal Service reform. The Oversight Committee's recommendations cover federal civilian retirement and ...

Oct 14, 2011

Legislation Honoring Fallen Border Patrol Agent Clears Committee, Moves to Full House Vote

Measure would name Bisbee, Ariz., facility after slain Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry, Killed in Line of Duty in Dec. 2010 (WASHINGTON)—The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a bill to rename the Bisbee, Ariz., Border Patrol facility after agent Brian Terry who was killed on duty in December 2010.  The bill, H.R. 2668, was authored by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and is supported by 68 ...