Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

A Productive Start To 2017

2017/01/17

I promised to hit the ground running in the new Congress with solutions for California that will bring back jobs, fix our broken immigration system, advance innovation, and help improve care for our veterans. Last week, that's exactly what I did.

In the opening days of the new Congress, the House approved my bill, on a bipartisan basis, to provide relief from job-killing regulations. We also advanced legislation to increase transparency in Washington and I put forth bipartisan legislation with several California colleagues to close loopholes being used to replace American workers. I wanted to check in to share some of these important highlights.

Passed: Issa's Bill to Unwind Job-Killing Regulations

The Midnight Rules Relief Act is bipartisan legislation that will provide relief from unaccountable, last-minute regulations making it harder for businesses to succeed.
 

Issa Seeks Improvements At San Diego VA After 'Large Decline' in Healthcare Scores 

Veterans deserve to receive very the best care our nation has to offer. I'm working with San Diego VA Director Smith to restore our VA's four-star rating.

See the letter
   

Issa Bill Helps Stops Outsourcing of American Jobs 

The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act helps stop abuse of our high-skilled visa system to protect jobs here at home.

Discover how

 

House Rebukes Anti-Israel Vote In The UN

I joined my colleagues and stood in support of our ally, Israel, and rejected the UN's anti-Israel resolution, which is a barrier to peace.

Find out more
 
 

CES 2017 Showcases San Diego's Strength in Technology Innovation 

I travelled to the Consumer Electronics Show this year for a bipartisan conversation on the future of tech and to meet with local San Diego and Orange County innovators!
 

Weigh In: What Should We Do With Obamacare?

Fixing our nation's broken health insurance system is a top priority for the new year. I want to hear from you: what do you think we should do with Obamacare?

The new year is already off to a productive start restoring our focus on the things that matter most: improving our local economy, creating opportunity for all Americans, improving access to healthcare, and putting veterans first.

I will continue to work hard on behalf of Southern California. Have a thought? Need a question answered? My door is always open. Contact me here and I'll be sure to get back to you as soon as I can.

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Goodlatte & Issa Statement on Proposed Reforms to the Investor Visa Program

2017/01/13

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today issued the following statements on the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the EB-5 investor visa program.

Chairman Goodlatte: “While I support the overall goal of the EB-5 investor visa program, it is currently riddled with fraud and abuse and has strayed further and further away from the program Congress envisioned when creating the program a quarter century ago. The facts make it clear that this program is in desperate need of reform.

“I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has proposed increasing the investment amount and curtailing gerrymandering in this immigration program. This will help ensure that EB-5 investment funds are directed to distressed urban and rural communities that need them the most. I urge President-Elect Trump to finalize these common-sense and long overdue proposals to strengthen the integrity of this program so that it benefits the American economy.”

Rep. Issa: “In the decades since its inception, the EB-5 program strayed far from Congress’ intent for these visas. Rather than becoming a boon to job creation and capital investment, the program became a cluster of abuse and a disgrace to the integrity of our immigration system. I am delighted to see the reasonable reforms put forward to the Department of Homeland Security. These measures will restore sanity to a program that once held great promise for putting America first.”

Background:

·         Reform to the EB-5 investor visa program is needed more than ever. For example, the minimum investment amounts have not been increased since the program’s creation in 1990, which has limited the program’s ability to meet its mission of creating jobs and injecting capital into the U.S. economy. Additionally, regional centers gerrymander “targeted employment areas” in order to accept capital at the lower investment level, even when investing in luxury high-rises in affluent areas. Various agencies and government watchdogs have also identified national security concerns with this program, including economic espionage, use by foreign government agents and terrorists, and money laundering.

·         In February 2016, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Is the Investor Visa Program an Underperforming Asset?” to examine problems within the program.

·         In April 2016, Chairman Goodlatte testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and called for reform to the EB-5 program.

·         Last Congress, Chairman Goodlatte introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the troubled EB-5 program, the American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5992).

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Issa Champions District Priorities

2017/01/13

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) hit the ground running in the first few days of the new legislative session, introducing his first proposals for the new Congress. The bills address a number of local concerns and present unique solutions for the challenges facing families and residents of the District including Orange and San Diego Counties.
 
"The very first bills I've introduced this Congress directly address many of the top concerns I've heard from constituents all over our district. They're focused on protecting our military, putting American workers first, creating a secure energy future, and enhancing the safety of our communities. I'm eager to work with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to advance these common-sense solutions that will create jobs, increase accountability and ensure our military is ready for the challenges of tomorrow."


The bills authored by Congressman Darrell Issa include:
 
The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act 
 

The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act helps close loopholes being used to replace American labor on the cheap with foreign labor imported en masse from abroad. It makes several updates to the nation's high-skills visa program (H1B) to crack down on abuse and ensure that more of the limited slots available under this important program are made available to the uniquely qualified individuals our nation needs from the world's best and brightest.
 
The Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act


The Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act returns power to state and local government to find solutions to help address the growth of sober living and residential recovery facilities. State and local government have been hamstrung from taking action, thanks to current interpretation of federal law. This bill gives communities the ability to choose reasonable oversight of residential recovery facilities and to enforce zoning and other city ordinances.
 
The Interim Consolidated Storage Act
 

The Interim Consolidated Storage Act would authorize the construction of a temporary storage site for nuclear waste from across the nation, while work continues on long-term, permanent solution. Two potential sites – one in New Mexico and one in West Texas – could allow nuclear waste from the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station to be moved away from our community in as little as 5 years.
 
The Military LAND Act
 

The Military LAND Act protects current military training space at Camp Pendleton and would allow military officials to weigh in on future historic designation nominations for federally-owned spaces. In effect, the bill would ensure Trestles Beach remains a shared space between the military and the surfing community.
 
The Midnight Rules Relief Act


The Midnight Rules Relief Act makes important changes to increase oversight, restore accountability, advance transparency and reduce the regulatory burden on business and other job creators. It amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to overturn any executive branch regulation issued in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing President's administration in a single vote. It streamlines the process for Congressional review to ensure regulations aren't rushed-in at the last minute, but are instead implemented in an accountable, well-thought-out, and transparent manner.
 
Congressman Issa's Midnight Rules Relief Act was approved by the House in the first week of the new Congressional session by a vote of 238-184. 

They also include the following bills for which he is an original co-sponsor:

The WINGMAN Act

The WINGMAN Act makes it easier for Congressional offices to assist veterans and their families with benefit claims and other constituent services issues. 

Post 9/11 GI Bill Reserve Eligibility

This bill ensures military reservists will receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as intended by correcting an error resulting in Reservists and Guardsmen losing their monthly housing allowance if they are on as little as one day of active duty.

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Reps Issa and Conaway Introduce Storage Solution For Nation’s Nuclear Waste

2017/01/12

Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) introduced a bill that would pave a path forward for storage of the nation's nuclear waste. The Interim Consolidated Storage Act would allow the Department of Energy to use interest from the Nuclear Waste Fund to contract temporary storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel and could have the federal government begin collecting waste from nuclear facilities across the country in as little as 5 years.
 
Congressman Darrell Issa: "The Interim Consolidated Storage Act is a great solution that allows us to break through past years of political gridlock to get this waste out of our communities and into safe, secure sites that are both well-equipped and want to store it. Maintaining the status quo isn't an option. Until we can get temporary and – ideally – permanent storage facilities open, nuclear waste will remain on-site more than 120 different sites nationwide. In my district, the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station houses more than 3.6 million pounds of nuclear material right on the coast, along a fault line, on one of the largest U.S. military bases, in the heart of one of our most densely populated communities. Allowing it to stay there indefinitely is only asking for trouble. This is just one of hundreds of examples of similar sites nationwide. This bill advances a creative solution to this problem and is a reasonable plan to get the waste moved quickly and securely."
 
Congressman Mike Conaway: "Nuclear waste should be stored with the utmost care, but currently, licensed facilities such as Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas, are not able to serve as interim nuclear waste storage sites due to an outdated law and bureaucratic inefficiencies. As a result, nuclear utility plants currently have no choice but to store their waste on site. This legislation allows the Department of Energy to cut through the red tape and enter into contracts with these licensed facilities, such as the one in Andrews, ensuring that nuclear waste will be properly stored until a permanent site is established."

 

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Issa, Hunter ask for answers on 'large decline' in San Diego VA health care scores

2017/01/09

The following article originally appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune on January 6, 2017. Read the full length piece here.

Two San Diego County congressmen are asking the San Diego VA for an explanation of why it was one of five VAs nationally that saw health care scores decline last year.

U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, both Republicans and military veterans, dispatched a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in La Jolla on Friday.

“These results are unacceptable and signify that your branch of the VA has substantial room for improvement,” it said.

The letter asks the VA San Diego Healthcare System director to respond with a list of changes made in response to the decline in scores.

The list of year-over-year scores for all VA medical centers was published by the VA last month.

Of the 146 VA medical centers nationally, only four others — Tomah in Wisconsin, Hot Springs in South Dakota, Fargo, N.D., and El Paso, Texas — also showed “large declines” in performance in 2016.

The scores are based on a long list of measures of medical care and “access issues,” such as call center performance and wait times for appointments.

The director of San Diego’s VA medical system has said a change in the way access issues are included in the calculation is what prompted the San Diego network’s scores to fall -- including its overall ranking dropping from a four to a three about a year ago.

On the VA’s internal rating scale, five is the best; one is the worst.

San Diego Union-Tribune analysis of data going back to late 2012 found the local system’s performance declined in several areas in 2014 and 2015 and has not fully rebounded.

Among the network’s medical procedures, its measures for in-hospital complications, readmission rates for heart-attack patients and ventilator-associated events such as pneumonia worsened. Starting this year, other inpatient performance measures also suffered.

Dr. Robert Smith, director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System, has said downgraded scores have already prompted change, including 14 additional people hired for the centralized call center in the past year.

Smith has also said there are issues with how the VA calculates its scores. He said technical matters, such as the criteria for categories changing over time, skewed some comparisons that showed declines on the medical side.

In response to the letter from Issa and Hunter, Smith released a statement to the Union-Tribune on Friday, saying: 

It is correct that the VA San Diego Health Care System fell from a four-star to a three-star ranking among all VA facilities in the fall of 2015. However, there has been no further decline in our overall ranking. The major reasons for that fall were our relative performance in measures of mental health and specialty care access, our call center performance, and our mental health experience of care. Over the last year, we have made significant improvement in these areas and are deeply committed to continuing that improvement while continuing our historically strong performance in measure of inpatient care such as overall hospital mortality and length of stay where our scores are among the best in the VA.

These are pivotal months for the national veterans agency.

The letter asks the VA San Diego Healthcare System director to respond with a list of changes made in response to the decline in scores.

The list of year-over-year scores for all VA medical centers was published by the VA last month.

Of the 146 VA medical centers nationally, only four others — Tomah in Wisconsin, Hot Springs in South Dakota, Fargo, N.D., and El Paso, Texas — also showed “large declines” in performance in 2016.

The scores are based on a long list of measures of medical care and “access issues,” such as call center performance and wait times for appointments.

The director of San Diego’s VA medical system has said a change in the way access issues are included in the calculation is what prompted the San Diego network’s scores to fall -- including its overall ranking dropping from a four to a three about a year ago.

On the VA’s internal rating scale, five is the best; one is the worst.

San Diego Union-Tribune analysis of data going back to late 2012 found the local system’s performance declined in several areas in 2014 and 2015 and has not fully rebounded.

Among the network’s medical procedures, its measures for in-hospital complications, readmission rates for heart-attack patients and ventilator-associated events such as pneumonia worsened. Starting this year, other inpatient performance measures also suffered.

Dr. Robert Smith, director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System, has said downgraded scores have already prompted change, including 14 additional people hired for the centralized call center in the past year.

Smith has also said there are issues with how the VA calculates its scores. He said technical matters, such as the criteria for categories changing over time, skewed some comparisons that showed declines on the medical side.

In response to the letter from Issa and Hunter, Smith released a statement to the Union-Tribune on Friday, saying: 

It is correct that the VA San Diego Health Care System fell from a four-star to a three-star ranking among all VA facilities in the fall of 2015. However, there has been no further decline in our overall ranking. The major reasons for that fall were our relative performance in measures of mental health and specialty care access, our call center performance, and our mental health experience of care. Over the last year, we have made significant improvement in these areas and are deeply committed to continuing that improvement while continuing our historically strong performance in measure of inpatient care such as overall hospital mortality and length of stay where our scores are among the best in the VA.

These are pivotal months for the national veterans agency.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/the-intel/sd-me-va-issahunter-20170106-story.html 

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Issa, Hunter Ask San Diego VA For Improvement Plan Following 'Large Decline' in Health Care Scores

2017/01/09

Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) are seeking solutions to help improve care for veterans at the San Diego VA in response to recent reports showing a 'large decline' in its national healthcare scoring.

Issa and Hunter today released a letter to the Director of San Diego VA Healthcare System asking him to respond with a list of changes being made in response to the decline in scores.

Of the 146 VA medical centers nationally, only four others — Tomah in Wisconsin, Hot Springs in South Dakota, Fargo, N.D., and El Paso, Texas — also showed “large declines” in performance in 2016. According to the latest report, the San Diego VA has declined from its four-star rating of a year ago to its current three-star rating.

The scores are based on a long list of measures of medical care and “access issues,” such as call center performance and wait times for appointments. VA hospitals are rated on a scale with five being the best and one being the worst.

“These results are unacceptable and signify that your branch of the VA has substantial room for improvement," Congressman Issa and Hunter wrote in the letter.

Issa and his team have met with Dr. Smith multiple times since assuming the top posting at the San Diego VA to discuss local successes and work to improve services in response to veteran identified needs. 
 

The full letter can be read here or below the fold.

A write up from the San Diego Union-Tribune can be found here.


 

January 6, 2017


Robert M. Smith, M.D.
Director, Veterans Affairs of San Diego
3350 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92161
 
Dear Doctor Smith,
 
Ensuring our veterans get the best service and care possible should be the Department of Veterans Affairs’ top priority. To that end, we appreciate your continued efforts in working to improve internal processes and procedures.
 
However, today we are writing to express concern about your Department of Veterans Affairs quality-of-care rating results for 2016. The results indicate a “large decline” in San Diego’s year over year performance.  San Diego County’s VA health system was listed as one of only five in the nation marked as “declined” in 2016 performance scores. These results are unacceptable and signify that your branch of the VA has substantial room for improvement.
 
Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs must remain partners in ensuring that our veterans receive the highest quality of care possible in accordance with our obligations to our service members.  As such, we request that you provide, in writing, what steps you are taking to address issues at Veterans Affairs of San Diego. Specifically, recent changes which were made in response to the rating, why those changes were made, and how they will help ensure system-wide improvements to our veterans’ quality of care.
 
For any follow-up questions or concerns, please contact Bryan Maass at Bryan.maass@mail.house.gov or 202-225-2386.
 
Sincerely,


Darrell Issa        
Member of Congress                                                    

Duncan Hunter
Member of Congress

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Issa Introduces Bill To Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs

2017/01/04

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today re-introduced legislation to help stop the outsourcing of American jobs and to reform the nation’s high-skilled immigration program. H.R. 170, the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” makes important changes to the eligibility requirements for H1-B Visa exemptions that will help crack down on abuse and ensure these spots remain available for the best and brightest talent from around the world.

Congressman Issa’s bill is introduced with the support of fellow San Diego area Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA).

Congressman Darrell Issa: “In order for America to lead again, we need to ensure we can retain the world’s best and brightest talent. At the same time, we also need to make sure programs are not abused to allow companies to outsource and hire cheap foreign labor from abroad to replace American workers. The legislation we’re introducing today does both. It will ensure that our valuable high-skilled immigration spots are used by companies when the positions cannot be filled by the existing workforce. This bill is simple, bipartisan and is an important step to growing our economy and fixing one of the many aspects of our country’s broken immigration system.”

Congressman Scott Peters: “Curbing abuse of the H1-B system will protect American jobs and help ensure that visas are available for innovators who need them to maintain a competitive workforce. This bipartisan bill makes one of the much-needed updates to our high-skilled visa system to level the playing field and help prevent companies from taking advantage of the system to offshore jobs. I will continue pushing for a comprehensive fix to our immigration system, but in the meantime this is a smart step forward.”

Background On The Bill: Congressman Issa’s bill comes after a number of companies (DisneySoCal Edison and others) have come under fire for abusing the H1B Visa program to replace American workers with foreign workers from overseas.

The legislation would help close a loophole in the nation’s high-skilled immigration system being used by these companies to bring in cheaper foreign labor from abroad. It would raise the salary requirement for the positions to $100,000/year (up from $60,000/year currently) and eliminate the Masters Degree exemption. By raising the salary to a level more in-line with the average American salary for these positions, it would help cut down on abuse and ensure these positions remain available for companies who truly need them.

It would also cut down on abuse by eliminating the masters degree exemption, which has become abused as foreign workers seeking H1B Visas have increasingly sought and obtained low-quality certificates to meet the requirements for an exemption just to qualify for H1B, instead of keeping the positions open for truly high-skilled positions that companies cannot fill domestically.

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House Passes Congressman Issa's "Midnight Rules Relief Act"

2017/01/04

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass his bill, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would allow Congress to overturn, with a single vote, executive branch regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing Presidential administration.

Congressman Issa's bill was one of the first pieces of legislation passed in the new Congress.
 
Congressman Darrell Issa: “This is about accountability, transparency and ensuring job creators aren’t being crushed by droves of new regulations just before a President leaves office. Regulations, when necessary, should be implemented with time for a thorough public vetting and input from those impacted. I’m thrilled at the House’s quick passage of my bill and look forward to it becoming law so we can start the process of removing unnecessary regulations and helping Americans get back to work.”

Congressman Tom Marino: “The quick passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act exemplifies our dedication to provide the American people with real, actionable solutions. Burdensome regulation is one of the greatest hindrances to growing jobs and the economy. Specifically, regulations rushed in at the last minute without proper oversight can cause significant damage to business. As I have said before, Washington cannot continue to fund reckless regulation on the backs of hardworking Americans. I am proud of the swift movement by the House on this legislation and encourage my colleagues in the Senate to act in the same, expeditious manner."

Congressman John Ratcliffe: "The slew of regulations being churned out in the Obama administration's final days represents the exact type of executive overreach the American people just voted resoundingly against. These regulations – which carry the weight of law – have a massive impact on Americans' lives, and we in Congress owe it to the citizens of this great country to stop this madness. The Midnight Rules Relief Act will enable us to wipe out these last-minute regulations swiftly before their damage is done."
 
The bill specifically amends the Congressional Review Act (the CRA) to allow Congress to reclaim the ability to effectively curtail multiple regulations hurried through the regulatory process in the final days of an outgoing Administration all at once. It’s designed to stem a growing trend by Presidents, of both parties, to use their last few months in office to rush in costly, expensive or controversial new regulations.

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Issa Bill Undoes Last Minute Presidential Regulations

2017/01/03

Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) re-introduced the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21), legislation that will allow Congress to overturn, with a single vote, executive branch regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing Presidential administration.

The bill specifically amends the Congressional Review Act (the CRA) to allow Congress to reclaim the ability to effectively curtail multiple regulations hurried through the regulatory process in the final days of an outgoing Administration all at once. It’s designed to stem a growing trend by Presidents, of both parties, to use their last few months in office to rush in costly, expensive or controversial new regulations.

The House of Representatives is expected to approve the proposal on Wednesday. The bill was introduced with the bipartisan support of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA), Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and others.

Congressman Darrell Issa: “Regulations impacting the economy, the environment, families, and our community should be done with great caution and transparency, not get rushed in last-minute on a President's way out of office. This is a good piece of legislation that will help keep this and future Presidents in check. The Midnight Rules Relief Act is a reasonable plan to strengthen executive branch oversight, giving Congress a better tool to ensure regulations are limited and, when necessary, approved in an open and transparent manner. We have a responsibility to ensure that unaccountable, last-minute regulations don’t continue crippling our economy, crushing small business and raising costs on middle-class families.”

Chairman Bob Goodlatte: "Our nation’s regulatory costs are currently out of control, and the last days of the Obama Administration is no time to be issuing even more regulations that will hurt our nation’s ability to create more jobs in the future. Overly broad and partisan regulations that are too often created in the final days of a presidential administration are not fair to hardworking Americans who will feel the impact of regulations long after a president leaves office.”

Congressman Tom Marino: “The runaway regulatory state maintained by the Obama administration has put immense strain on our economy and on working-class Americans. Still, President Obama continues to shuffle in last-minute regulations allowing no time for public scrutiny or thorough vetting. The Midnight Rules Relief Act ensures that midnight regulations can be easily disapproved of by the incoming Congress so no lame duck president has the opportunity to circumvent the will of the people or their representatives in Congress. It is an important and necessary piece of legislation that protects Americans from excessive, burdensome overreach by the executive.”

Groups Supporting The Midnight Rules Relief Act: The Midnight Rules Relief Act has the support of job creators and business groups from across the nation including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and more.

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Issa Working To Resolve Marine Electric Bills at Pendleton

2016/12/16

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement in response to news reports surfacing that some Marine families at Camp Pendleton are being asked to pay astronomical power bills – in some cases more than $500 – or be evicted from their homes.

"I take the concerns of our Marines and their families seriously. That's why my office has responded to recent news reports and calls from constituents to our office on the electric bills at Pendleton by beginning a dialogue with the appropriate powers to ensure these disputes are resolved swiftly and that servicemembers are not paying more than they ought to. So far, everyone has been responsive to our requests and we look forward to working with them to get the facts and resolve any remaining differences. If anyone in the community has been served with similar bills, I encourage them to contact my office at 760-599-5000 to see how we can help."

 

 

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Outside the Capitol! Just about to introduce my legislative priorities for the new year

2017-01-13 16:49:27


Congressman Issa Discusses His Bill To Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs

2017-01-05 15:39:25


Veterans Help Make San Diego a Hub for Start-Ups

2017-01-04 22:03:33


Obamacare is broken. Next year, we’re going to fix it.

2016-12-20 20:45:20


Issa Holds Public Forum on Sober Living Homes Reform

2016-10-06 02:59:59


NBC 7 Talks Armed Services Visit to Pendleton and Miramar

2016-09-02 16:11:04


Congressional Delegation to Miramar and Pendleton on Military Readiness

2016-09-01 16:11:13


22 Push Up Challenge

2016-08-19 23:23:10


Congressman Issa Tours San Diego Startup Companies for "Startup Day Across America"

2016-08-05 17:47:22


Darrell Issa Talks with Fox 5 San Diego About His Plan To Stop The Outsourcing of American Jobs

2016-07-28 21:35:03


Congressman Issa Talks with ABC San Diego About His Bill To Fix the Veterans Administration

2016-07-13 14:32:38


Rep. Issa Talks With Fox News About The FBI's Decision Not To Prosecute Hillary Clinton

2016-07-12 21:52:53


Rep. Issa Questions Loretta Lynch At Hearing Over Hillary's Email Investigation

2016-07-12 17:42:08


Rep. Issa Sponsored Sexual Assault Reforms Pass House Panel

2016-07-08 13:57:24


Rep. Issa Talks with Your World on Fox News about the Stunning FBI Announcement on Hillary's Emails

2016-07-06 22:54:04


Issa Asks Why Government Isn't Embracing Uber and Lyft To Save Taxpayer Dollars

2016-06-03 15:14:10


Privatize the TSA? Congressman Issa Discusses With CNBC's Squawk on the Street

2016-06-01 15:59:08


Should the TSA be Privatized? Rep. Issa Discusses with CNN New Day

2016-05-26 17:14:47


NBC Discusses Need For Civil Forfeiture and How Congress Is Working to Stop Policing for Profit

2016-05-26 17:16:06


Issa Discusses Upcoming IRS Misconduct Hearings with Neil Cavuto

2016-05-16 18:27:52


Contact Information

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Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southern Orange County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.

As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained the rank of captain. He completed his active-duty military service in 1980 and turned his interests to the private sector.

At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. In 1994, Issa was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The San Diego Union Tribune. During his leadership of Directed Electronics, Issa served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, an organization of 2000 companies within the consumer technology industry that hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When he stepped down as CEO to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Directed Electronics employed nearly 200 people.

As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.

Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. As the holder of 37 patents himself, Issa has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement. His watchful concern to guarantee that U.S. taxpayers receive the royalties they are owed from mineral interests on federal lands exposed fraud and mismanagement at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) in 2006.

In 2008, when Congress was asked to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the wake of an historic financial crisis, Issa stood by his instincts as a businessman and opposed giving a blank-check bailout to Wall Street – he voted against all bailouts during the financial crisis. Refusing to give up and concede to those who favored a bailout-centered response to this and future financial failures, Issa put forward a proposal to create a bipartisan commission to uncover the root causes of the financial crisis. This idea was passed into law in early 2009 and the investigation commenced in January 2010. Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect U.S. taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.

Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. In the first year of his leadership, the committee has undertaken numerous detailed investigations of the Countrywide Financial VIP Program that benefited government officials with special reduced-rate mortgage loans, the illegal use of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the decades-old misplaced government agenda to manipulate the U.S. housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that created the housing crisis, the politicization of science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a broad investigation into the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars. He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.


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