Press Releases

May 26, 2011

Legislation Introduced in House and Senate to Bar Administration from Inserting Politics into Federal Contracting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Rep. Tom Cole, and Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves today introduced legislation that would prohibit federal agencies from collecting or using information relating to campaign contributions and other political expenditures by potential contractors in the federal procurement process. In April, the Administration floated the idea of an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to collect ...

May 24, 2011

Obama Administration Pursuing Policies that Raise Prices at the Pump, Subject of Oversight Hearing and Report

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today led a hearing and highlighted a new report documenting Obama Administration policies that negatively impact domestic energy prices. Members heard testimony from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes. "The United States has the largest reserves in the world—resources that can provide good paying American jobs and fuel our economic expansion. But standing between ...

May 24, 2011

Report: Impact of Statements by President, Energy Secretary about Raising Energy Costs on Americans Seen in Administration Policies

WASHINGTON — A report released today by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa highlights evidence that the statements by President Obama and Energy Secretary Chu about intentionally raising energy costs for Americans can be seen across the federal government: from blocking production in the Gulf of Mexico, to ...

May 17, 2011

Friendly Skies for Big Labor?

Oversight Reviews Federal Board's Reversal of 75 year-old Rule in Labor Elections WASHINGTON- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., chairman of the oversight subcommittee on labor policy, are concerned labor union political influence may have compromised independence of the group charged with mediating airline labor disputes. In a letter to National Mediation Board ...

May 16, 2011

Chairman Issa Statement on EPA Boiler MACT Rule Delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. —House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to delay implementation of a new rule impacting operators of large boilers: "EPA's proposed Boiler MACT rule would put more than 300,000 U.S. jobs at risk. The agency's decision to delay implementation of this rule is a temporary stay of career execution for these workers, but the ...

May 16, 2011

VIDEO RELEASE: White House Transparency Behind Closed Doors?

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released "White House: Transparency Behind Closed Doors?", a video highlighting the White House's recent refusal to explain an Executive Order which would politicize the federal procurement process. In its handling of this contentious Executive Order, the White House underscores its failure to live up to President Obama's own open government ...

May 13, 2011

House Oversight Committee Chairman Issa, Reps. Gowdy and Ross Request NLRB Documents on Boeing Action and Lawsuits Targeting Worker Protection Amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) action against the Boeing Company and efforts to invalidate constitutional amendments in two states are likely to impact America's economic recovery and should be carefully reviewed given the current climate. Those were the words of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), and committee members Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), in a May 12 letter to NLRB Acting ...

May 13, 2011

VIDEO RELEASE: Meet Oversight Watchdog Rep. James Lankford

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released "Meet Your Oversight Watchdogs: Rep. James Lankford," the sixth in a series of videos to introduce committee members to the American people. Rep. Lankford serves the people of Oklahoma's Fifth Congressional District both as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Technology, Information ...

May 12, 2011

Issa and Graves Statements on Bipartisan Letter from U.S. Senators Rejecting Executive Order to Politicize Procurement

Washington, DC – House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves issued the following statements on a letter sent today by a bipartisan group of Senators including Rob Portman (R- Ohio), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) opposing the President's executive order ...

May 11, 2011

OMB to Testify at Thursday Hearing on President’s DISCLOSE Act Executive Order

WASHINGTON. D.C. – The White House last night agreed to provide Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy Daniel Gordon as a witness for Thursday's Joint Committee hearing of the House Oversight Committee and House Small Business Committee, "Politicizing Procurement: Would President Obama's Proposal Curb Free Speech and Hurt Small Business?" Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Small Business Committee Chairman Sam ...