Press Releases

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 Dispatches from the Road: Deardorff Family Farms Story

What Happens When Federal Regulations Invade A California Family Farm? 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 ...

Oct 13, 2011

Oversight Committee Approves Issa-Ross Postal Reform Bill

WASHINGTON D.C. – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today approved H.R. 2309, the Oversight Committee Postal Reform Act of 2011 which will return the United States Postal Service (USPS) to sustainability and profitability without a taxpayer bailout.  The Issa-Ross bill is the only postal reform proposal that has been successfully acted on this Congress. “The United States Postal Service cannot become a taxpayer subsidized make-work program. To save ...

Oct 12, 2011

Oversight Committee Subpoenas Attorney General for Operation Fast and Furious Communications and Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the issuance of a subpoena to Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. for Justice Department documents related to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun walking scandal. "Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged," said Chairman Issa. "The documents this ...

Oct 12, 2011

Postal Crisis 101: The Postal Bailout

WASHINGTON.D.C. – The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released "Postal Crisis 101: The Postal Bailout," a new video explaining one of the dire consequences if Congress fails to confront the fiscal crisis facing the United States Postal Service. Since its peak in 2006, mail volume has declined by 46 billion pieces. The Postal Service has projected a $10 billion loss in Fiscal Year 2011.