Press Releases

Jun 14, 2010

Obama Invents Fantasy Scenario to Excuse Inaction and Deflect Criticism

President Obama to Politico: “I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful ...

Jun 10, 2010

Issa to GM: “Cease Any Further Document Destruction”

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Domestic Policy Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim Jordan have sent a letter to General Motors Corporation (GM) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ed Whitacre requesting that GM “immediately cease any further document destruction.” “As ...

Jun 8, 2010

Issa Refers Rahm Emanuel and Jim Messina to Office of Special Counsel for Violating the Hatch Act

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) has sent a referral and request for investigation to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel regarding Hatch Act violations committed by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina for their participation in the Sestak-Romanoff controversy. In ...

Jun 5, 2010

Issa Asks Obama: What are the Consequences for Emanuel and Messina…Unless You Condone What They Did?

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Following weeks of controversy surrounding the White House’s role in efforts to manipulate primary elections in Pennsylvania and Colorado, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today challenged President Obama to come forward and directly address if he condones the efforts by his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff, Jim Messina in trying to obtain the withdrawal of ...

Jun 4, 2010

Issa Calls Out Hypocrisy of Invoking Bush Administration Defense on “Romastek”

WASHINGTON. D.C. – With both the Obama Administration and numerous reports citing former Bush Administration officials, notably former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and ethics officer Richard Painter, exonerating the White House’s effort to use the guise of jobs or appointments to obtain the withdrawal of primary candidates from challenging incumbents, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the ...

Jun 4, 2010

Issa Probes White House Office of Political Affairs

WASHINGTON D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa sent letters to 21 Administration officials requesting that they answer questions about the role of White House political personnel in “planning, directing, or coordinating your travel to participate in public events – official or political – which may have a political benefit for elected Democratic officials of Democratic candidates for office.” “President Obama promised ...

Jun 4, 2010

Government Jobs Account for 95 Percent of May Job Increases

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released the following statement regarding new job numbers for the month of May that report that of the 431,000 jobs “created”, 411,000 (95 %) were a result of temporary census worker hiring’s by the Federal Government:  “It's clear that the only thing benefiting from the economic policies of the Obama Administration ...

Jun 3, 2010

Issa Releases Coast Guard Documents That Shed New Light and Raise New Questions on the Obama Administration’s Oil Spill Response

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced today released documents obtained from the Coast Guard including a log of events from the immediate aftermath of the April 20 explosion onboard the Deepwater Horizon shedding new information on the first days of the disaster. “These documents raise new questions about whether the White ...

Jun 3, 2010

Issa Statement on White House-Romanoff Job Offers

WASHINGTON D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement regarding Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff’s confirmation that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina discussed making Romanoff the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and Caribbean, USAID, Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency at the USTDA should ...

Jun 2, 2010

Issa, Smith and Sensenbrenner Call on White House to Live Up to Pledge of Transparency and Release Sestak Investigation Docs

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Responding to a memo (Sestak Memorandum) released last Friday purporting to resolve allegations of criminal misconduct by White House officials, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)