Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) released the following statement after appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher where he backed an independent review on Russia:
"The American people need a clear-eyed view of the nefarious actions of the Russian government. Right now, we have speculation and assumptions, but not clarity and fact, including questions about Russia’s actions, what the FBI knew of the cyber breaches, what the Obama Administration did in response, and potential actions of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
What we do know is that the Putin government is a bad actor who should be carefully scrutinized - and regardless of what side of the aisle you sit on – our country has a vested interest in fully understanding exactly what happened, outside the fog of accusation and political jostling. An investigation is not the same as an assertion of specific wrong-doing, it’s following the facts where they lead so that American people can know what may or may not have taken place.
President Obama and Attorney General Lynch allowed obstruction and unanswered questions from the American people to linger, clouding their work and calling into question the impartiality of the FBI’s findings. These mistakes must not be repeated.
Any review conducted must have the full confidence of the American people, which is why I recommended an independent review. I want the Trump administration to be successful and that starts with embracing high standards for openness and transparency.”
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is today releasing a discussion draft of his bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. “The Access to Insurance for All Americans Act” would give all Americans access to buy in to same insurance plans provided to federal employees and their families.
Following the draft bill’s release, Congressman Issa released the following statement:
“No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, people are worried about what the future holds for their health care. I hear every day from constituents who’ve lost their health insurance plans or who’ve seen their costs rise because of Obamacare. Yet, with repeal before us, I also hear from constituents who are worried about losing coverage for pre-existing conditions or who have been saved from financial hardship by the prohibition on lifetime caps. The plan I’m proposing frees us from Obamacare’s burdens, while focusing on what works, to create a simpler, patient-centered, market-based health care alternative that puts patients back in the driver’s seat of their health care.”
"The architects of Obamacare famously said ‘we have to pass it to know what's in it’ and that the American people are ‘too stupid to understand’ Obamacare to begin with. That's not how legislation should be done. My 10-page bill is simple, short, and will be posted online for all to read and review. I encourage feedback so that together we can advance a solution that protects patients, and truly puts your needs first.”
Gives all Americans access to purchase the same health insurance plans offered to federal employees and their families
Includes guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions
Prohibits lifetime caps
Allows for coverage for dependents until age 26
Offers hundreds of privately-run, high-quality healthcare plan
Eliminates the individual mandate.
Guarantees coverage and offers flat-pricing regardless of age or gender
Provides a number of plans available across state lines and is portable from job to job
From immigration reform and fixing healthcare, to protecting your privacy and removing nuclear waste from our community, my work on the top issues continue.
I've had the pleasure of getting to speak with many of you who've reached out to make your voices heard over the past few weeks. Like you, I'm concerned about ensuring affordability and access to high quality health care, a strong economy, and safe communities.
Together, we've made tremendous progress on many of these issues in the past weeks. I wanted to share a few highlights with you:
Issa Works To Relocate SONGS Nuclear Waste
The UT has a great write up on the work I'm doing t move nuclear waste out of our backyard and into permanent storage.
My Plan to Replace Obamacare
My bill will help ease the transition to make sure people don’t lose coverage, have better options, and aren’t forced into a one-size fits all plan that just hasn’t kept its promises.
Veteran Finally Receives Medals After 47-Year Wait
I was honored to present North County veteran Dan Iman the medals he earned more than 40 years ago, but for which he never received any formal recognition.
San Diego Job Creators Town Hall
Last week, I had the chance to hear from many San Diego job creators on their needs in infrastructure, immigration, tax reform and other concerns at our bipartisan roundtable.
House Passes Online Right to Privacy Bill
If the government wants to search your emails, they should be required to get a warrant just like they would need to read your letters.Read more about the bill here.
Trump Travel Ban: What Do You Think?
I want to get your thoughts. Weigh in with our survey on the President's executive actions on immigration.
Advancing Technology and Innovation
I joined C-SPAN's "The Communicators" with my friend Congresswoman Susan DelBene (D-WA) for a bipartisan chat on the future of tech policy.
There are major issues we'll tackle in the coming months, but nothing meaningful can be accomplished alone. I plan on continuing to reach out to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote legislation that supports our district and all Americans.
My objective is always to represent you, so if you have a question or want to air a concern, please free to contact the Vista, Dana Point, or D.C. office at any time. Please check our hours of operation and call ahead to schedule a visit. Also, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a series of bills that help veterans. The legislation passed today includes the WINGMAN Act, one of the first pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Issa in the new Congress and introduced as part of his 2017 District Priorities.
“Veterans have fought and sacrificed much in their service to our nation. I’m pleased to support bipartisan legislation to speed up our ability to get them the benefits they’ve earned.
As the Representative for the 42,000 Marines and their families at Camp Pendleton, one of the biggest issues we help constituents with every year is casework for problems with benefits or service issues at the VA. Yet, too often, bureaucratic red tape has created delays, taking weeks or months for caseworkers to receive the files they’ve requested from the VA. Streamlining this process through the WINGMAN Act will ensure that veterans won’t have to wait and can quickly get the help and benefits they’ve earned.
We also must ensure veterans have ample opportunities for employment when they return from their service. The bills we've passed today will help make veterans a priority in the hiring process and give recognition to the companies who've put our heroes first. I applaud these efforts to improve veterans' services and strengthen job opportunities for those who've served."
The bills passed today include:
H.R. 512 – The WINGMAN Act
The WINGMAN Act, co-sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa, enables Congressional offices to provide better service to veterans with benefits claims and constituent services. It speeds up casework process by allowing authorized Congressional staff the ability to directly access VA records on behalf of constituents, instead of having to go through a middle-man at the agency.
H.R. 244 – HIRE Vets Act
The HIRE Vets Act establishes a recognition program to reward companies that hire veterans. Companies that hire, recruit and retain a certain proportion of veterans would become eligible for Gold or Platinum HIRE medallions to recognize -- and incentivize – companies that support employment opportunities for veterans.
H.R. 974 -- BRAVE Act
The BRAVE Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to give preferences in contracting to companies based on the percentage of full-time employees who are veterans.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee for the Environment, today toured the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station and later held a press briefing discussing the outlook for solutions to nuclear storage in the new administration.
Congressman Shimkus, whose subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the management of nuclear waste, accepted Congressman Issa's invitation to visit the site, see first-hand the decommissioning process, hear local concerns, and discuss possible solutions to get the waste removed from our communities and transferred into consolidated storage as soon as possible.
As of now, more than 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste will be stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station indefinitely, right off our coastline, along a busy freeway, next to a military installation, and a major railway until a federal solution can be worked out. It’s just one of more than 120 sites nationwide that will be forced to store the material until Yucca Mountain is completed or a consolidated interim storage plan is approved.
Congressman Darrell Issa: “Southern Californians have waited too long for the federal government to uphold their promise to take, and safely store, this nuclear material. The time for delay is over. It’s a privilege and honor to have Congressman Shimkus here in our district to see SONGS first-hand and hear local concerns on this critical issue. By bringing other lawmakers to our district, to educate and allow them to see the problems we face here locally, it’s my hope we can inspire action and the buy-in we need to advance a solution. In Congress, I’ll continue working on common-sense solutions to nuclear storage that ensure the federal government upholds the promise it made to ratepayers and gets this waste safely, and securely removed from our communities as quickly as possible.”
Congressman John Shimkus: "The federal government's failure to take possession of spent nuclear fuel has nearly doubled the costs borne by American taxpayers, and now total nearly $30 billion. This number will continue to rapidly increase until the federal government fulfills its promise to local communities and ratepayers to permanently dispose of this material. This unnecessary burden weighs even more heavily on communities where used fuel continues to linger in short-term, temporary storage. I appreciate Darrell inviting me to visit another one of those communities today, and for highlighting the local impact of the federal government's unmet obligations. This Congress I will continue to push for a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management that would move spent nuclear fuel out of these communities in a timely manner and toward permanent disposal at Yucca Mountain, as decided by the federal government thirty years ago."
BACKGROUND: Congressman Darrell Issa is the author of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act (H.R. 474) which would allow the government to designate a temporary, consolidated nuclear storage site so that nuclear fuel could be removed from the 120 or more nuclear sites around the nation and stored while Yucca Mountain is completed.Read More
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Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching or accessing Americans' emails:
"If the government wants to read your emails, then they should be required to obtain a warrant just like they would need in order to read your letters, search your hard drive or listen in on your phone calls. Technology has made incredible advances over the years, but the privacy laws for digital communications just haven't kept pace. Right now, the rules governing how and when the government can access a person's emails, photos, documents and other online communications are outdated and do not provide for the same Fourth Amendment protections given to on-paper or in-person communications. The bill we've passed today is an important privacy safeguard that will help cement Americans' rights in the digital age."
The Email Privacy Act is backed by privacy advocates, tech industry representatives, limited-government groups and business organizations including the ACLU, the Consumer Technology Association, the US Chamber of Commerce, FreedomWorks, the Internet Association and more. (full list)
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to the newly issued sanctions on Iran:
"The fact that the Obama Administration's deal with Iran permitted these flagrant missile tests only further demonstrates exactly why the deal was flawed from the get-go. The agreement emboldened Iran to continue its aggressive posturing, which represents a direct threat to the United States and its regional allies, which cannot be tolerated.
These tests are a brazen violation of UN Security Council resolutions and should be brought to an end. The quick response from our new administration makes clear that the United States is serious about holding Iran accountable for their growing aggression and continued support for terrorism around the world."Read More
On January 27, 2017, the President signed an executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." Invoking Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §212(f), the President temporarily prohibited citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days, with limited exceptions for those traveling on diplomatic and certain other types of visas.
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Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, released the following statement on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States.
"Neil Gorsuch is an impeccable jurist and an exemplary choice for the Supreme Court. He is an unyielding defender of the Constitution as it was originally written and a worthy heir to the monumental vacancy left by Justice Scalia. Judge Gorsuch is among the nation’s most brilliant legal minds, a captivating writer and is eminently qualified for the nation’s highest court. Through his work, he’s built both respect and approbation from those all across the ideological spectrum. In his appointment to the court of appeals, Neil earned the unanimous support of the Senate and deserves to be confirmed once again with little delay.”Read More
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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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Discussed possible solutions to the problems we’ve seen with Sober Living Homes at our roundtable in Orange County… https://t.co/S9nQsTvIvF
Appreciated the chance to listen to so many of your ideas today at our Coffee with Your Congressman in Dana Point!
Enjoyed our roundtable with local health care underwriters and physicians, listening to ideas on how to reduce the cost of health insurance
Had the chance to serve constituents their morning ☕️ at Starbucks in Oceanside today! The location in Oceanside is a "military family store"
From MSNBC Morning Joe today: "And then [there's] the pop-up crowd outside the California Office of Congressman Darrell Issa. He greeted supporters
Many people are concerned about health care. They've written, called and asked me, "What's your plan to repeal Obamacare? And how are we going