Press Releases

May 14, 2015

Rep. Hurd’s Bill to Ensure Fair Pay for Border Patrol Agents Passes the House

WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation [H.R. 2252] authored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23) that clarifies the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) fundamental misunderstanding of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. The bill, which was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this ...

May 14, 2015

Chaffetz, Cummings Statement on New DHS IG Report of March 4, 2015 White House Incident

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement in reaction to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on the investigation into the March 4, 2015 incident at the White House Complex. “Having reviewed the IG’s report, we continue to believe that a major cultural overhaul is essential to restoring the Secret Service to its former ...

May 13, 2015

Chairman Chaffetz Issues Statement on Amtrak Incident in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON— House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) issued the following statement in response to the Amtrak derailment that occurred late Tuesday evening on May 12th in Pennsylvania: “The news coming out of Pennsylvania regarding the Amtrak derailment is heartbreaking. Nearly 30 million people ride Amtrak each year and they should board the trains knowing that safety is a paramount priority. Rail safety is something we take very seriously ...

May 13, 2015

Hearing: “Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?”

Opening Statement Chairman Jason Chaffetz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjyBdbtXq-A “Airport security is pivotal to our nation’s safety and security. We appreciate the thousands of men and women that serve at the TSA.”   “One of the things that stuck out to me in the 9-11 Report is that often government lacks imagination. Terrorists and would-be nefarious characters who want to do harm will often be more creative than security personnel. It’s good that ...

May 13, 2015

Oversight Passes Bill to Ensure Fair Pay for Border Patrol Agents

WASHINGTON—Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a markup of [H.R. 2252], authored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23). The legislation passed out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Specifically, H.R. 2252 clarifies components of a new pay scale for U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents by making clear to the Department of Homeland ...

May 6, 2015

Chemical Safety Board Improvements Occurring in Response to Committee Oversight

WASHINGTON— Today during a public business meeting, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) took an important step forward by reversing controversial Board Order 2015-01. The board order, which consolidates much of the Board’s power solely with the Chairman, was passed by former ...

Apr 30, 2015

Examining Mismanagement Within the EPA

Hearing Highlights “It is very ironic that an agency is charged with making sure that we have a clean environment but yet has a work environment that is polluted.”-  Congressman Mark Meadows Congressman Trey Gowdy: Question- “Mr. Reeder, were you aware of an allegation of inappropriate and unwanted sexual discussion at an EPA happy hour on December the 4th 2013?” John Reeder, EPA Deputy Chief of Staff:  Answer- ...

Apr 28, 2015

Chaffetz, Cummings Issue Statement on News The NFL Will Waive Tax Exempt Status

WASHINGTON – Today, in response to news that the National Football League (NFL) plans to voluntarily waive their tax-exempt status and file tax returns as a taxable entity for fiscal year 2015, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (MD-7) issued the following statement. “We are extremely pleased with the decision from the NFL to waive its tax-exempt status. Congress has tried to tackle this issue ...

Apr 23, 2015

Chaffetz, Cummings Statement on New DHS IG Report Regarding USSS Protection of Former Presidents

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General Management Advisory titled, “Alarm System Maintenance at Residences Protected by the U.S. Secret Service.” “It is startling and unacceptable that under the Secret Service protection, an alarm at the residence of former President George ...

Apr 22, 2015

Interior Oversight Committee Exposes DOE Censorship of Independent Report on Uranium Transfers

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior, led by Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) today examined whether the Department of Energy (DOE) operated outside of its legal authority with regards to uranium transfers under the United States Enrichment Corporation Privatization Act (USECAct) and placed undue

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