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Dec 8, 2011

Holder Protecting Staff Over “Fast & Furious”

As facts continue to emerge about a botched gun investigation of Mexican cartels, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has given the American people reason to doubt his ability to effectively lead the Department of Justice. His reasoning and judgment will be tested once again Thursday as he testifies about the "Fast and Furious" operation before the House Judiciary Committee. Nearly a year after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed by a weapon linked to the botched operation, Holder's Justice ...

  • Fast and Furious
Oct 25, 2011

On Keeping Those Cards and Letters Coming

The biggest disruptions in our lives come when the everyday things we take for granted stop working. When the power goes out or the water stops running or when the mail stops coming. Our day-to-day life is predicated on these seemingly insignificant details staying just that ---- insignificant. But when they stop working, these details become obstacles and life for all of us gets much harder. Right now, we have a Postal Service that is on the brink of collapse. In Fiscal Year 2011, the ...

  • Postal Reform
Oct 11, 2011

Delivering Postal Service Reform

Snow, rain, heat and hail haven’t yet stopped the mail, but financial insolvency and a looming bailout may stop it altogether. That’s because the United States Postal Service will lose a record $10 billion this year. And because of this financial insolvency, no later than next summer, it will fail to meet payroll. This action most certainly will stop the mail — and leave taxpayers on the hook with a multi-billion-dollar “postage due” bailout ...

  • Postal Reform
Sep 26, 2011

Sorting Out the Postal Service’s Future

Washington is talking about another bailout - this one involving an institution that no American will be surprised is seeking one: the U.S. Postal Service. Many in the capital are dead-set on a taxpayer-funded bailout, even threatening mail stoppages and more if they don’t get their way. It is no secret that the Postal Service is in need of overhaul and modernization, and Congress must play a key part in addressing the problem immediately. But a bailout costing taxpayers any money is wrong ...

  • Postal Reform
Sep 23, 2011

Are the New Patent Reform Rules Fair?

Are the new patent reform rules fair? Yes. With invention, progress, and time comes the need for change. In observing changes taking place in a truly global economy, moving to a "first-to-file" system is clearly the better option for inventors and our economy. Before I began my career in Congress ten years ago, I built a consumer electronics business. The basis of my business, however, wasn't electronics--it was ingenuity and creativity that led to patents. I have 37 U.S. patents registered ...

  • Regulation & Jobs
Aug 22, 2011

Health care law will deepen deficit

The White House sold "Obamacare" as an instrument for lowering health insurance premiums and reducing federal budget deficits. “Altogether,” President Barack Obama said, “our cost-cutting measures would reduce most people’s premiums, and bring down our deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades.” Studies, however, reveal a far different picture. Health care spending will increase because of Obamacare, according to a recent report from the Centers for Medicare and ...

  • health care
Jul 20, 2011

For Nation’s Future, Collar Spending Now

The looming showdown on the debt limit is an artificial crisis — triggered by President Barack Obama’s July 7 threat to veto any debt increase that doesn’t extend the limit past the 2012 presidential election. It was a bold political maneuver by a president focused on re-election, and it appeared to take the best available solution off the table. House Republicans should once again lead and enact a short-term extension of borrowing authority, putting the onus back on the president to ...

  • Wasteful Spending
Jun 28, 2011

Deliver Reforms to the Troubled, Money-Losing Postal Service

Unless Congress takes action now, the future of the United States Postal Service is in jeopardy. But if Congress will enact a sensible, sweeping reform of the Postal Service, we can protect taxpayers from another bailout and make it possible for USPS to implement a sustainable business plan for the future. The problems facing USPS are many: declining mail volume, an aging fleet of delivery vehicles, an outdated brick-and-mortar retail network, the burden of honoring labor agreements that ...

  • Postal Reform
Jun 10, 2011

Assessing the Gulf Coast Response

For more than a year, the House Oversight Committee has been investigating the federal response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster that took the lives of 11 workers and caused one of the worst environmental and economic disasters in U.S. history. The evidence from this fact-based investigation demonstrates the negative consequences when an administration fails to adequately assess the extent of a crisis or the response necessary to mitigate it. Indeed, a pattern of poor judgment and bad ...

  • Energy
May 27, 2011

Obama’s Bad Policy, Harmful Regulations Add to Gas Prices

Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and a former member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Gasoline prices continued to rise across the nation last week, putting the cost per gallon to more than one dollar over this time last year. As rising energy prices threaten economic recovery, Congress has ...

  • Energy