Press Releases

Feb 26, 2009

McHenry: What is Locke’s Position on Census?

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives sent the letter below to President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce. In anticipation of former Washington Governor Gary Locke’s confirmation hearing, Congressman McHenry asks, “Do you intend to comply with the partisan ambitions of the President or to fulfill your constitutional obligation as Secretary of Commerce and ...

Feb 25, 2009

Issa Statement on President Obama’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement on President Obama’s address to a Joint Session of Congress this evening: “Across the ideological spectrum, Republicans and Democrats alike recognize the need for what President Obama called an ‘unprecedented oversight effort’ to ensure that taxpayer dollars are accounted for and spent wisely.  At a time when the ...

Feb 23, 2009

Fiscal Responsibility Not Possible Without Addressing Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Mismanagement

WASHINGTON D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) called for a newfound commitment to address waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in the federal bureaucracy at today’s White House “Fiscal Responsibility Summit.”  Issa participated in the “Defense Contracting and Procurement” breakout session moderated by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew, and White House Chief of ...

Feb 20, 2009

White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit an Opportunity to Produce Solutions, Not Just Rhetoric

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) has accepted an invitation to participate in the President’s “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” that will be held on Monday afternoon. The summit will include members of his Administration, congressional representatives from both parties and advocacy groups. “This ‘summit’ can yield more than just ideas and dialogue – it should produce the ...

Feb 19, 2009

Ranking Member Issa Calls on Inspectors General to Take Immediate Preemptive Action to Avoid Stimulus Waste

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today sent a letter to the Inspectors General of federal agencies receiving funds from the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’ calling on them to put “proactive measures in place to ensure these billions do not fall victim to programmatic failures and bureaucratic mishaps.” “Sudden influxes of funds outside the normal appropriations process ...

Feb 19, 2009

Ranking Member Issa Calls on White House to Clarify E-Mail Archiving Policy

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to the White House today calling on the Administration to clarify by March 4th their policies related to the preservation and retention of e-mails that fall under the authority of the Presidential Records Act.     “President Obama has called for an ‘unprecedented’ standard for transparency and accountability and I expect ...

Feb 17, 2009

What About the Next AIG?

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement today regarding AIG: “The egregious actions of AIG underscore the fact that even more taxpayer dollars are vulnerable to waste and abuse as a result of the Administration’s failure to properly track bailout and stimulus dollars. Where was this outrage and concern two weeks ago when AIG received another $30 ...

Feb 17, 2009

Ranking Member Issa Calls for Rigorous Oversight of “Stimulus” Funds

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement regarding the $1.1 trillion spending bill signed into law by President Obama today: “In his first week in office, President Obama called for an ‘unprecedented effort to root our waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government…’ This promise of transparency must be met with more than just rhetoric ...

Feb 13, 2009

Issa Protests Congress’ Failure to Limit Spending, Votes ‘No’ on Stimulus

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA), expressing disappointment in Congress’ failure to limit spending provisions to those that will create jobs and invigorate the economy, voted against the $790 billion economic stimulus package. “This stimulus package was crafted with lobbyists and special interests playing a much greater role than economists and bipartisanship,” said Issa. ...

Feb 12, 2009

More Questions Than Answers Regarding Recovery.Gov

“I have told each of my Cabinet, as well as mayors and governors across the country, that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend.” – President Barack Obama, 2/24/2009, Address to Joint Session of Congress WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter today to Earl Devaney, Chair of the Recovery Act ...