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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released the following statement in response to the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House:
Paul Ryan is a friend and respected colleague. His election as Speaker gives the House the opportunity to set a new course that better serves our nation, to hold ourselves accountable, and to live up to our constitutional charge to check the power and growth of the federal government. Our country has many challenges, chief among them a struggling economy that is frustrating the dreams and aspirations of too many today, and a soaring debt that limits the possibilities of tomorrow. Speaker Ryan brings to the job the skills and expertise to lead us to solutions that will well serve the American people, and give them the efficient, effective and accountable government they deserve.
This Just in From Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Vista) office:
The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Whitewashing of Lies from Left-Wing Think Tank
The San Diego Union Tribune’s April 2nd story, Issa’s Earmarks Questioned, was based on a false allegation by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress that San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Jeff McDonald sanitized and white-washed to publicly present the remnants of wholly unfounded allegations. This one-sided story left out critical information: the clear reasons why Rep. Issa supported the widening of West Vista Way; the fact that in 2009 Rep. Issa stopped requesting earmarks altogether; and clear factual errors in the Center for American Progress’ false allegation.
Issa Supports Speaker Boehner’s Call to Focus on Growing Private Sector, Not Federal Workforce
“John Boehner like so many people here on Capitol Hill realizes that if you have less government workers and more private sector workers the economy will recover. If it doesn’t, this $1.6 trillion debt will in fact bankrupt this country, destroy the future for our children and that’s what Speaker Boehner cares about is jobs for our children in the private sector, not current, very generous jobs for federal workers or for that matter lobbyists here in Washington.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, appeared today on Fox News’ Happening Now to discuss his first subpoena targeting Countrywide’s VIP program.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform appeared last night on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show to discuss his first subpoena advancing the investigation into Countrywide’s VIP program.
Buried amid the hundreds of proposed amendments to a Republican-backed government spending measure is a proposal to prohibit federal agencies from giving pay raises to workers who receive a promotion.
It’s the latest in a series of GOP bills targeting federal workers and their pay as potential solutions to trimming the government’s ballooning deficit.
Rep. Darrell Issa‘s bill targets period step increases for federal workers paid under the General Schedule. About 20 percent of federal workers get the pay raise each year, mostly for seniority and not performance reasons, according to the California Republican’s office.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will be a guest on Fox News’ Happening Now at 8 a.m. (PST), MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports at 10:00 a.m. (PST) and Fox Business Network’s Bulls & Bears at 1:00 p.m. (PST) to discuss the first subpoena he issued for documents related to the Countrywide VIP Program as well as the debate over spending cuts.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has launched a new website, www.AmericanJobCreators.com, that aims to listen to the personal stories of constituents, Californians and nationwide job creators about how government impacts job creation directly to Washington.
“Americans have a right to an efficient, effective government that works for them. American job creators deserve the opportunity to succeed and grow here in the United States. Government should deliver predictability, letting innovators deliver results,” said Issa. “Our job on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to help both taxpayers and businesses secure these rights. But to get our job right we need help from you, our country’s proven job creation experts. Would you be willing to tell us about your experience? We’re listening.”
Issa Makes Submissions Reflecting Input from Job Creators on Regulatory Barriers to Job Creation Public
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama highlighted the importance of making America a better place to do business saying, “to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success. To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them…”
At the end of last year, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, launched an effort to bring the voice of job creators nationwide directly to Washington by asking for their input through correspondences as well as through the launch of www.AmericanJobCreators.com.
Vista Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has joined with Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-21), Congressman Paul Ryan (R-OH), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator John Thune (R-MT) to introduce the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act.
The legislation introduced in the House recently and in the Senate today was first introduced last December. It provides enhanced transparency for state and local pensions and establishes a clear federal prohibition on any future public pension bailouts by the federal government.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today issued a video release of the Committee Mission Statement:
ReTweetables: RT @DarrellIssa Oversight Mission: deliver efficient, effective gov’t you deserve. How? VIDEO: http://bit.ly/gCxE7b
Oversight Committee Mission Statement
We exist to secure two fundamental principles. First, Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent. And second, Americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them. Our duty on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to protect these rights.
In December of 2008, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), then the Committee’s Ranking Member, launched an investigation into Countrywide Financial Corporation’s infamous VIP and Friends of Angelo Program that exposed the inner workings of Countrywide’s efforts to buy friends in critical government and industry positions affecting the company’s business interests. Today, Chairman Issa issued a wide-ranging subpoena to Bank of America for all documents and records related to Countrywide’s VIP program.
Since he began his campaign for Governor, Republican candidate Steve Poizner has tried to claim a conservative mantle, working tirelessly to convince Californians that his liberal record was nothing more than a mirage.
Having been involved in California politics for the better part of two decades, I’ve seen so many candidates go to extreme lengths to try and reinvest themselves and their record. Until now, I have never seen a man so completely try and rewrite history to the point where he may actually believe the truth he has created.
Issa Calls for Oversight Committee to Probe ‘Systemic Failure’ of Homeland Security and Intelligence Stove-Piping
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is calling for an immediate and bipartisan Committee investigation and hearing examining systemic failure that allowed an apparent Al-Qaeda terrorist to board a passenger plane with a bomb.
An opinion was just made public today by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that opens the door to allow the federal government to fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) for all contracts signed prior to the enactment of legislation Congress authorized and the President signed prohibiting federal funding of ACORN.
The bipartisan intent of Congress was clear – no more federal dollars should flow to ACORN. It is telling that this Administration continues to look for every excuse possible to circumvent the intent of Congress. Taxpayers should not have to continue subsidizing a criminal enterprise that helped Barack Obama get elected President. The politicization of the Justice Department to payback one of the President’s political allies is shameful and amounts to nothing more than old-fashioned cronyism.
After widespread disapproval of their 1,000-page proposal for government control of health care, congressional Democrats have responded by producing a 2,000-page bill that leaves many Americans wondering why these “reforms” seem oddly familiar to failed experiments already tried at the state level. Strange indeed is the fact that many states are working overtime to undo the damage wrought by earlier “reforms” that closely parallel the ones now being pushed in Washington.
Consider the evidence.
“Many in this chamber — particularly on the Republican side of the aisle — have long insisted that reforming our medical malpractice laws can help bring down the cost of health care…I know that the Bush administration considered authorizing demonstration projects in individual states to test these ideas. I think it’s a good idea, and I’m directing my Secretary of Health and Human Services to move forward on this initiative today. – President Barack Obama, September 9, 2009, Address to Joint-Session of Congres
Congress is now one step closer to uncovering the full scope of the collusion between reckless mortgage lenders and high-ranking government officials that ultimately inflated the U.S. housing bubble and brought the world economy to the brink of total collapse. One of the chief offenders in the mortgage meltdown was, doubtlessly, Countrywide Financial, a now-defunct corporate giant that exploited lax government policies to issue trillions of dollars in subprime mortgages on the guarantee that the burden of these toxic assets would ultimately fall on the shoulders of the American taxpayer.
For years, Countrywide’s successful strategy went undetected. Profits were good. The economy was booming. Everybody was happy.
Issa-Towns Reach Agreement on Countrywide Subpoena
Oversight Investigators to Receive Countrywide VIP Documents and Records
WASHINGTON. D.C. – In December of 2008, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) launched an investigation into Countrywide Financial Corporation’s infamous VIP and Friends of Angelo Program that exposed the inner workings of Countrywide’s efforts to buy friends in critical government and industry positions affecting the company’s business interests. Late Friday evening, Issa and Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) reached an agreement to issue a subpoena to Bank of America for documents and records related to Countrywide’s VIP program.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Domestic Policy Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have sent a letter to Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-MD) and Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) for controversial Obama appointee Kevin Jennings to appear before the Committee.
Among the many questionable activities he engaged in prior to being named Safe Schools Czar, Jennings conducted a seminar containing graphic and disturbing sexually explicit information for 12 year-old schoolchildren while serving as executive director of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, as well as an incident in which he failed to report a 15 year-old student’s sexual abuse from an older man.
Tune in Tonight to Fox News at 10:05 p.m. (EST) as I went ‘On the Record’ with Greta to talk ACORN.
Also, the Today Show should be doing a piece on ACORN tomorrow morning that is slated to run around 7:15 a.m. EST.
Click HERE to Watch Issa’s Confrontation with Chairman Towns
At a hearing today of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) challenged Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) to hold a committee vote to issue a subpoena to Bank of America for all information related to the Countrywide VIP Program, which was used to curry favor through sweetheart mortgage deals with Federal Government officials and Members of Congress who held responsibilities related to housing policy. In June, Bank of America expressed their readiness to cooperate with such a request but that amid legal restrictions they could only do so “if a Committee issues a valid subpoena for information, Bank of America would have a valid basis to produce information.”
Treasury Department Inspector General, J. Russell George agreed to comply with a request submitted by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) to conduct a review of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and of the IRS’s oversight of nonprofit organizations.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent letters today to Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) calling on theme to immediately convene hearings on the activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform NOW (ACORN) that includes key ACORN officials such as ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, Wade Rathke (ACORN Founder) and Dale Rathke, Elizabeth Kingsley (Counsel to ACORN) and Steve Bachmann (CCI General Counsel) among others.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement today regarding ACORN’s appointment of former Massachusetts Attorney General and President of Common Cause Scott Harshbarger to lead an internal investigation into ACORN’s activities:
“ACORN has already been down this path before. In June of 2008, they hired an outside counsel to conduct an internal review of ACORN, which produced a report that detailed an organization in crisis and the lack of firewalls between its charitable and political activities. More than a year later, ACORN is facing the same criticisms and the same calls for transparency.