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Darrell Issa


Issa Introduces Bill To Help First Responders Aiding International Disasters


Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) reintroduced the First Responders Passport Act which would allow the Secretary of State to waive passport fees for certain American first responders making trips abroad in a natural disaster response effort. 
The bill was introduced with the support of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and 14 additional co-sponsors. 
Congressman Darrell Issa: “American generosity is made evident through the good hearts of compassionate Americans who answer the call to respond to natural disasters around the world. Our first responders often travel thousands of miles to assist foreign communities in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, and other catastrophes. This legislation makes these selfless journeys a little easier by waiving passport fees for those headed to provide aid and by ensuring they are always ready to render life-saving help to those in need.”
Chairman Ed Royce: “Every year, brave Americans, including from Los Angeles county, volunteer to respond to disasters around the world. These heroes should not be deterred by fees and red tape.  This bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly last Congress, will provide a small but important benefit for those first responders, and I hope to see it become law.”  
Congressman Brendan Boyle: “First responders continuously put their lives on the line at home and abroad. Every year, Americans bravely go abroad to help victims of natural disasters in foreign countries. This is an example of true American leadership. Their bravery and efforts do not go unnoticed. We should do all we can to make their endeavors easier. This is why I am proud to join Congressman Issa in introducing the First Responders Passport Act.”

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock: “Fairfax County is home to the elite Virginia Task Force 1 which has been deployed overseas over thirty times traveling thousands of miles to help those who are in need after disaster has struck.  This smart legislation will help ease the burden of these dedicated first responders so they do not have to pay passport fees as they are deployed overseas.  I was honored to welcome home Virginia’s Task Force 1 on their last international deployment when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal.  Members of Virginia Task Force 1 are wonderful ambassadors for the Commonwealth and our country who have saved many lives around the world.”

Full text of the legislation can be read here.

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Reps. Issa and Schneider Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Address Physician Shortages


Today, Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to help increase the number of doctors available to work in underserved and rural areas. The bill would extend and expand the Conrad 30 Waiver program which allows doctors here from abroad to remain in the U.S. upon completing their medical residency under the condition that they practice in underserved areas for at least three years.

According to estimates, the United States could face shortages for as many as 100,000 physicians by 2030.

Congressman Darrell Issa: “At a time when so many communities both here in California and across the country are facing shortages of much-needed physicians, it’s never been more important to provide opportunities for top-notch physicians from around the world to stay here in America and help fill these needs. The bill we’ve introduced extends and improves the Conrad 30 program to provide care where it’s needed most. If signed into law, the bill would be a big win for small and rural areas, underserved communities within larger states like California, and the patients who will have improved access to world-class care where they live.” 

Congressman Brad Schneider: “The American medical education system attracts top international talent and produces the best-trained graduates in the world. It makes no sense to force these highly-skilled new doctors out of the country at a time when many of our communities struggle to attract medical professionals. Extending the Conrad 30 visa waiver program is a commonsense step toward ensuring all Americans have access to quality health care providers.”

Under current law, international medical students using a J-1 visa to study in the United States are required to return to their country of origin for two years upon completion of their medical residency before they are eligible to apply for a green card or visa. The Conrad 30 program waives this return requirement for a limited number of new physicians each year that agree to work three years in an underserved area of the United States. The Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act, reauthorizes the program, which is set to expire on April 28, until 2021.

The legislation also expands the program by providing a path to increase the number of waivers available to states, allowing the program to expand beyond the current allotment of 30 waivers per state if certain requirements are met.

The Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

A one-pager on the bill is available here.
The full text of the legislation is available here.

A Senate version of the bill, S.898, was introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).


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Constituent Survey: Tax Reform


Washington's next big focus is fixing our broken tax code. It's an issue far too important to get wrong since it impacts the pocketbook of every American and the bottom-line of small businesses, employers, and job creators across the nation.

That's why I wanted to reach out to see what you think is most important to include in the bill.

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Survey: Syrian Airstrikes


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Congressman Issa-Led Delegation Travels to Meet with Syrian Refugees, Regional Partners in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon


A bipartisan delegation of House members led by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) returned home from a week meeting with the United State's regional partners in the Middle East including leaders in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Photos and video from the trip are the available here

The trip included stops at refugee camps in Zahle and Azraq as well as a UNHCR refugee registration center in Amman. It was an opportunity to meet with Syrian refugees and see the impact of the crisis first-hand.

US Representatives Arriving at a UNHCR Refugee Camp


In Egypt, the delegation met with Egyptian President Al-Sisi to discuss strengthening the US-Egypt relationship and to foster collaboration in confronting the threat of ISIS and other extremist groups. They also attended Palm Sunday Mass with the U.S. troops deployed in the Sinai before conducting a roundtable on economic development with top government officials and representatives from Egyptian industries.

Representative Issa Meets with Troops Stationed in the Sinai as part of the Multinational Force and Observers


In Lebanon, the delegation met with the Lebanese Minister of Education before visiting area schools and a refugee camp in Zahle. Schools have been some of the most-impacted resources by the refugee crisis. As many as 2/3 of refugees receive no schooling at all and, as the U.N. reports, "in Lebanon, there are more school-age refugees than the entire intake of the country's public schools" which has forced many schools to literally run around the clock in multiple shifts to accommodate as many students as possible.

Members also visited the Marine Memorial and laid flowers to pay homage to the servicemen killed in Lebanon in the '83 Beirut barracks bombing. Later, they met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to discuss continued US support for Lebanon and efforts to help maintain stability in the country.

Reps. Issa and Vargas Speak with US Marines at the Memorial of the Beirut Bombings in Lebanon


In Jordan, the US Representatives met with Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki and other key officials to enhance ties between our two nations and gain valuable insight into challenges presented by regional turmoil and the continuing refugee crisis there as well. Afterward, they traveled to the UNHCR refugee registration center in Amman and visited with displaced families at the Azraq refugee camp.

Representative Issa meets with the Prime Minister of Jordan


The bipartisan delegation included Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) and Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.).

Congressman Darrell Issa said, "I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to see the impact of the refugee crisis first-hand and for the chance to continue a dialogue with our partners throughout the Middle East on how we can address these challenges head on. The world is facing the largest refugee crisis of our era and it needs Americas' leadership. I look forward to continuing work with the international community, our allies, and partners the Middle East to restore stability and work together towards our common goal of eliminating the threat of ISIS and radical terror."


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Reps. Issa, Vargas, Comstock and Tenney on Egypt Bombings


CAIRO, Egypt – U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) released the following statement from their CODEL in the Middle East in response to the bombings at churches in Egypt this morning:
“We are sickened and horrified at the attacks that occurred this morning in Egypt, targeting innocent worshippers as they gathered to celebrate one of the holiest days of the Christian faith. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with all those affected by this despicable act of terrorism. The United States must continue working with our allies and partners in the international community to bring a swift end to ISIS and these continuing acts of violence across the world. Egypt is one of our most crucial partners in that fight. Yesterday, we met with President Al-Sisi to discuss how to foster better collaboration as we work together on our common interests of destroying ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups killing innocent civilians here, across the Middle East, the U.S., and throughout the world. We will continue working together to address these threats and defeat terrorism once and for all.”
The US Representatives met with President Al-Sisi yesterday during meetings in Cairo as the first-stop of a bipartisan Congressional delegation trip to the Middle East focused on strengthening relationships with strategic partners and fostering cooperation in the fight against ISIS. 
The trip includes Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.).



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Issa Responds to US Airstrikes in Syria


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following in response to the US airstrikes in Syria:
“Assad’s vicious and brutal conduct cannot continue to go unanswered, and the President’s strategic response is the appropriate one. In every way, American leadership is needed right now, and this is the time to work closely with our allies around the world and in the Middle East – as well as the international community – to achieve what the previous administration did not: constructive engagement to deal responsibly with the crisis in Syria.”

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Issa, Cummings Bill Would Give Former Inmates A Second Chance


Today Reps. Darrell Issa, former Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Fair Chance Act that would give formerly incarcerated Americans a fair chance at obtaining employment with the federal government.

Senator Booker introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

Congressman Darrell Issa: “The best way to prevent people from returning to lives of crime is to ensure that those leaving the criminal justice system have reasonable opportunities to become productive members of society. Unfortunately, the current system makes it difficult for those trying to turn their lives around to find jobs or other opportunities to move forward. Regardless of their skills or qualifications, they’re often passed over for employment and are forced to pay for their mistakes long after they’ve done their time. The message we inadvertently end up sending is that those who commit a crime will never be given a second chance. The Fair Chance Act, which we’re introducing today, will go a long way in helping to break the cycle of crime, restoring hope, and giving many Americans opportunities to turn their lives around.”

Congressman Elijah Cummings: “For far too long, millions of formerly incarcerated Americans have been met with obstacles that prevent them from re-entering society in a productive way. Now is the time to break that cycle. I strongly urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation that will build on previous steps taken at the local, state, and federal level to give these individuals a fair chance to contribute to society.”

The Fair Chance Act would:

- ban the federal government—including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches—from requesting criminal history information from applicants until they reach the conditional offer stage;

- prohibit federal contractors from requesting criminal history information from candidates for positions within the scope of federal contracts until the conditional offer stage;

- include important exceptions for positions related to law enforcement and national security duties, positions requiring access to classified information, and positions for which access to criminal history information before the conditional offer stage is required by law; and

- require the Department of Labor, Census Bureau, and Bureau of Justice Statistics to issue a report on the employment statistics of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Cummings and Issa led the House introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Fair Chance Act in the 114th Congress, and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced the bill in the Senate. Less than four weeks after introduction, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Johnson, marked up and passed the bill unanimously.

In May of last year, Cummings and more than 70 Members of the House sent a letter to President Obama urging him to adopt “ban the box” hiring policies in the federal government, and in November, the Office of Personnel Management issued a final rule promoting fair chance hiring policies.

Due in part to significant grassroots efforts across the country, states and cities have been implementing Ban the Box policies to help people with criminal records overcome the barrier to employment of having to “check the box” on job applications.  Eighteen states and more than 100 cities and counties have taken action, and companies such as Walmart, Koch Industries, Target, Home Depot, Starbucks, and Bed, Bath & Beyond have also embraced Ban the Box policies.

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Issa Introduces Bill Ensures Fair Pay for Performing Artists


Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet along with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) – a member of the Subcommittee – introduced bipartisan legislation that would fix a decades-old inequity in copyright law that allows terrestrial radio stations to play music without compensating performers.
H.R 1914, the Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity To Earn Act of 2017 (PROMOTE Act) would allow performing artists to opt out of having their music played on the radio if the performing artist is not being paid an agreed-upon performance royalty.

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Congressman Issa: “The PROMOTE Act calls the bluff of both sides in the debate over performance rights. The terrestrial stations playing these works without compensating the artists argue that airtime provides exposure and promotional value, while the artists argue the status-quo allows radio stations to profit on artists' performances without providing any due compensation. Our bill puts forward a workable solution that would allow those who would otherwise be paid a performance right to opt out of allowing broadcasters to play their music if they feel they’re not being appropriately compensated. This is a win-win that helps solve this decades' long problem in a way that’s fair to both parties."
Congressman Deutch: “We have been told for years that AM/FM radio provides valuable promotion to recording artists, but those artists have never been given the opportunity to decide for themselves. It should be the artist’s choice whether to offer their music for free in exchange for promotional play, or to instead opt out of the unpaid use of their music. I am proud to join my colleague Rep. Issa in introducing the PROMOTE Act to give recording artists more control over their work.”



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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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