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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 ...

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Reported Conflict-of-Interest Prompts Ranking Member Issa to Call for DTV Vote Delay and Full Disclosure of Industry Insider’s Involvement in Crafting Policy

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today sent a letter to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging her to postpone a vote on legislation to delay the transition to digital television until the impact of a reported conflict of interest from an advisor to President Obama is fully known and disclosed. “The policy recommendations made by President Obama may have been influenced by an ...

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SIGTARP Report a Cautionary Tale for the Obama Administration and Congress

Geithner’s Treasury Continues to Oppose Imposition of Conflict-of-Interest Barriers WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) called the report released today by SIGTARP Neil Barofsky should serve as a call to action for the Obama Administration and the Democratically-controlled House and Senate to acknowledge ...

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Issa Votes Against ‘Leave No Government Program Behind’ Trillion Dollar Stimulus

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today voted against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s so-called ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’ calling it nothing more than a $1.1 trillion earmark designed to expand government on the backs of the American taxpayers using money we do not have. “There is little guarantee of any short-term gain, but there is no question this will saddle our children and grandchildren ...

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Stimulus Proposal Must Protect Independent IG Oversight

WASHINGTON D.C. –House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today objected to provisions in the Pelosi-Obey stimulus package threatening the independent oversight conducted by Department and Agency Inspectors General.“We shouldn’t put a leash and muzzle on independent investigators,” said Issa referring to the “Accountability and Transparency Board” proposed by the House Appropriations ...

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Lobbying, Political Organizations Await Stimulus Package Bailout

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today expressed concern regarding the exclusion of good government provisions in the proposed Pelosi-Obey stimulus package including a failure to prohibit use of economic stimulus funds for lobbying or political activities. “The economic stimulus should not be a bailout for lobbyists or a vehicle for political payback,” said Issa.  “Fannie Mae and ...

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President Obama Must Be Active Partner in Effort to Reform Government

GAO High Risk List Targets Financial Regulatory System, FDA and EPA WASHINGTON. D.C. – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) and other House and Senate oversight leaders today unveiled the high-risk program list for 2009. The high-risk list identifies 30 programs that are highly susceptible to waste, fraud, or ...

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Issa Calls “Stimulus” Package an “$825 Billion Earmark”

WASHINGTON. D.C. –House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) today criticized the proposed Pelosi-Obey $825 billion economic “stimulus” package characterizing it as an $825 billion earmark that will do little but expand the federal government at the expense of prolonging the current economic recession. More than 40 percent of spending in the proposed bill is for expanding current programs or creating new ...

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Issa Renews Effort to Create Bipartisan Commission on Financial Crissis as Congress Considers TARP II

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) has re-introduced the Financial Oversight Commission Act, H.R. 74, which would create an independent and bipartisan panel to study and issue a report on the causes, handling, and way forward from the current financial crisis. This proposal comes as Congress considers releasing the remaining $350 billion of TARP funds. “Once again, the American people ...

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Issa Statement on SCHIP Expansion Proposal

WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement today regarding his opposition to the Democrat-authored bill to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to insure adults, new immigrants, and families already covered by private health plans: “At a time when we can barely fund and sustain current enrollment levels, expanding eligibility to ...