Press Releases

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 ...

Feb 12, 2009

Ranking Member Issa Calls on Administration to Abandon Plans to Politicize Census

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the nomination of former Washington Governor Gary Locke as President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce: “I look forward to working with the incoming Secretary to ensure he has the resources needed to conduct a fair and accurate census that is free from political pressure.  The White House ...

Feb 12, 2009

Ranking Member Issa Statement on Senator Gregg’s Decision to Withdraw as Nominee for Secretary of Commerce

Washington D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement regarding Senator Judd Gregg’s (R-NH) decision to withdraw his name from consideration to serve as the next Secretary of Commerce citing “irresolvable conflicts” on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census: “President Obama came to office on the promise of change and bipartisanship – yet as early opportunities have come ...

Feb 12, 2009

House Republicans Call on White House to Abandon Census Power Grab

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) joined other House Republicans today at a press conference today to urge President Barack Obama to abandon his plan to politicize the census process. “Commanding the Census Director to report directly to the White House is a naked political power grab and transparently partisan,” Issa said.  “There is only one possible reason for it – political ...

Feb 12, 2009

Congressman Flake Calls for Better Tracking of Weapons Going Into Afghanistan

National Security Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Afghan Arms Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, ranking member of the National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, today called for better tracking of U.S.-supplied weapons going into Afghanistan. A hearing today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee examined a Government ...

Feb 6, 2009

Obama Administration’s Power Grab to Politicize Census Met with Fierce Opposition by Issa and McHenry

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) expressed significant opposition to the Obama Administration’s reported plan to politicize the nonpartisan census process. “Any attempt by the Obama Administration to circumvent the census process for their political benefit will be met with fierce ...

Feb 4, 2009

Rep. Issa Announces Subcommittee Ranking Members

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced subcommittee Ranking Members for the 111th Congress. “President Obama’s repeated commitment to unprecedented transparency presents an historic opportunity to fix problems in the Federal Government that have festered through both Republican and Democratic administrations,” said Rep. Issa.  “With the help and leadership ...

Feb 4, 2009

Conyers, Issa Introduce Bipartisan Performance Rights Legislation

Companion Legislation Introduced Today In Senate WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), and Darrell Issa (R-CA), introduced The Performance Rights Act, a bipartisan measure that takes a first step at ensuring that all radio platforms are treated in a similar manner and that those who perform music are paid for their work. The legislation would amend an ...