Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

House Approves $611 Billion Defense Bill

2016/12/02

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after voting to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017.

“Protecting our nation is our first and most important responsibility. The bill we passed today ensures that our troops, including the 43,000 Marines here at Camp Pendleton, have the tools, support, and funding they need to take the fight to the enemy and win. It provides the biggest pay raise our troops have seen in six years, provides funding to modernize our military installations around the globe, improves military readiness and ensures our troops are better prepared to accomplish their missions swiftly, safely, and effectively. It’s a huge boost for both our troops and the nation as a whole.

Most notably, however, the bill provides an important fix for the California National Guardsmen wrongly being asked to repay their bonuses. The burden of proof will shift off the soldiers and on to the Department of Defense to prove that those who accepted monies did so knowingly and wrongly. It also ensures that any soldier who has already repaid these monies, will be refunded every single penny and have their credit restored. After serving our country valiantly, our nation’s heroes shouldn’t be forced to suffer for government’s bureaucratic mistakes. This will hopefully be a huge sigh of relief for these soldiers, many of whom have had their life savings raided and their credit ruined as they worked to pay back bonuses they should be able to keep.

I thank my colleagues for their hard work on this bill and look forward to its passage soon."


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Issa on Nomination of James Mattis for Secretary of Defense

2016/12/02

Congressman Darrell Issa, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and representative of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, released the following statement on the nomination of retired General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense:


“General Mattis is one of the finest choices for Secretary of Defense that our nation has to offer. Rare is it to find a leader as deeply and universally revered as General Mattis and rarer still it is to find a leader with the depth of understanding he has on the threats facing our nation around the globe. General Mattis is just the right candidate for the job. He’s built a reputation as a straight-shooter, who tells-it-like-it-is and I have every faith that under his leadership our men and women in uniform will be in good hands. I look forward to working with him on restoring America to a place of leadership around the world.”
 

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Issa Applauds National Guard Bonus Scandal Fix

2016/11/30

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after lawmakers announced a deal to help forgive the debts of California soldiers ordered to repay enlistment bonuses and refunds bonus monies to those who already repaid them:

“This is an important fix that ultimately does the right thing,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “It moves the burden of proof off the soldiers and onto the Department of Defense to prove that those who received bonuses knew they shouldn’t have, and also helps make sure those who already wrongly repaid their portion are made whole at once. After so many of our heroes have had their credit ruined, their life savings ransacked and their financial futures upturned in an effort to repay bonuses they accepted in good faith, this is an appropriate and necessary step to doing what’s right.

Soldiers will hopefully be able to breathe a sigh of relief and know that, unless there was some sort of intentional wrongdoing, Uncle Sam won’t be coming after them.” 

Congressman Darrell Issa also went on to caution that, “If soldiers who already repaid their bonuses do not have their money returned in an expeditious manner or if we later discover the Pentagon is still pursuing soldiers who accepted bonuses in good faith, we will revisit this with new legislation on Day 1 of the new Congress.”

The compromise will be included in the National Defense Authorization, which will be voted on at the end of next week and does the following:

  • Forgives the enlistment bonuses and student loan benefits unless the soldier who received the money “knew or reasonably should have known” that he or she was ineligible for it.
  • Requires the Pentagon to inform credit agencies to correct any adverse effect on credit scores if the debts are forgiven.
  • Requires the Defense Department to refund any repayments already made by soldiers as long as they were not guilty of fraud.
  • Moves the burden of proof from the soldier to the Department of Defense to prove the soldier knew – or should have known – they were ineligible.

More on the fix can be read in the LA Times here.

Congressman Darrell Issa is an outside conferee to the National Defense Authorization. He was one of the first California members to call on the Defense Department to correct the issue after news of the scandal broke. He swiftly rebuked the initial, inadequate plan announced by the Pentagon in a conference call with Members on October 26.

Congressman Issa would continue ramping up pressure, days later writing a letter to the Department of Defense demanding the Department return monies to soldiers who had already repaid bonuses as part of the scandal – a critical part left out of initial plans to resolve the matter. 

 

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Bill To Protect Freedom of Speech Online Heads to President's Desk

2016/11/28

Congressman Darrell Issa released the following statement after the Senate passed and sent to the President’s desk for approval a bill to protect Freedom of Speech online. Congressman Darrell Issa is an original co-sponsor of the legislation, which contains many of the provisions from his Consumer Review Freedom Act which he introduced last year.
 
The Consumer Review Fairness Act, which now heads to the President's Desk for approval, is needed after a number of consumers have found themselves in court, fighting multi-million dollar lawsuits for leaving negative – but truthful – reviews of companies' services on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor. The legislation will outlaw the use of “gag clauses” in non-negotiable form contracts which have attracted national scrutiny after some business have used gag clauses to punish or silence honest criticism of products and services. 
 
“The internet is supposed to be an open-forum for the free exchange of ideas of all kind," said Congressman Darrell Issa. "But how free is that exchange, really, if it’s been cherry-picked and censored to weed out things some people find unfavorable? The bill we’ve now sent to the President’s desk will ensure that the internet remains a place where the freedom of speech can thrive and protect honest consumers from retaliatory litigation. I thank Congressman Lance, Senator Thune and our colleagues in the Senate for helping advance this important reform. The President should sign this bill into law immediately to protect and freedom and openness of the internet.”

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On the Passing of Fidel Castro

2016/11/26

VISTA, Calif. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the passing of Fidel Castro:

“Fidel Castro was a tyrant, murderer, liar, and evil despot. History will remember him as nothing more. He murdered his own citizens, imprisoned those who disagreed with him and wrought inconceivable misery on the people of his country for nearly 6 decades.
 
His death does not deserve to be mourned.
 
While the dictator has died, the repressive regime he created endures. It is my hope that his death will mark the beginning of a new era of hope, freedom, and peace for the people of Cuba.
 
We have much work to do, but the people of Cuba should know that the United States stands at the ready to help further our common mission of eradicating communism and oppression wherever we find it. The irony of his death on Black Friday – the most capitalist day of the year – should also serve as a reminder that capitalism and freedom always win."
 
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Issa Co-Sponsors Bill To Address National Guard Bonus Scandal

2016/11/18

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after signing on as an original co-sponsor to the Veterans Earned Their Bonus Act (H.R. 6316). The bill addresses the veterans bonus scandal uncovered by the LA Times where veterans were being forced to repay bonuses granted by California National Guard recruiters from 2004 to 2010.

“The soldiers who selflessly served our nation shouldn’t be punished for the government’s bureaucratic mistakes. The vast majority of these cases were examples where soldiers were offered bonuses and accepted them in good faith. Many of those affected had their life savings depleted and credit ruined as they worked to repay these debts they never owed. This important measure will help right these wrongs, stop the collection efforts and ensure these service members who’ve already repaid them have every single penny returned.”

The Veterans Earned Their Bonus Act (VET Bonus Act)

  • Creates a presumption that bonuses were received in good faith and that veterans met the criteria to receive the bonus.
  • Determines that receipt of bonus money from the California National Guard between 2004 – 2010 shall not be subject to repayment to DoD unless the veteran committed fraud or did not satisfy service requirements in obtaining the bonus.
  • Returns bonus money to veterans who already repaid them -- plus interest.
  • Requires the Department of Defense to notify credit agencies that any debt previously reported was never valid.
  • Provides financial assistance to veterans who incurred financial hardship
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ICYMI: Issa Op-Ed in the Orange County Register: "Empower Cities For Sober Living Homes Reform"

2016/11/17

Over the weekend, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) penned an op-ed for the OC Register outlining his solution to a growing national problem with sober living homes. In the piece, Congressman Issa makes the case for returning power to state and local government by updating the Fair Housing Act to allow oversight of sober living facilites through his bill -- the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act (H.R. 6070).

Highlights from the piece are below. The full piece can be read in the OC Register here.

"The nation’s growing heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic has sent demand for treatment facilities to new highs. Sober homes, a place where those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can live together in a substance-free environment in the final step of recovery, have cropped up all over Southern California. When well-run, these residences provide an important place where those in recovery can help shirk their addictions, but often many find that neither “sober” nor “home” accurately describe the environment they encounter there.

Homes can be overcrowded and poorly maintained. In some of the worst cases, drug and alcohol use festers on the premises, with some even overdosing in their care. To allow communities to rein in these bad actors, it’s time for Congress to update the Fair Housing Act to give states, citiesand localities the power to oversee sober living facilities.

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The issue, of course, isn’t with those trying to overcome addiction. Especially at a time when fatal drug overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death and as fatal drug overdoses in Orange County have now reached a 10-year high, it’s clear that people need to be able to obtain sober housing to help them get clean. The issue lies, instead, with those seizing on the lack of oversight to open substandard facilities at a rapid pace.

Cities and states have attempted to fix this problem by passing reasonable and responsible zoning ordinances, but have only been met with federal roadblocks on their path to a solution.

Expansive court interpretations of the Fair Housing Act have made it almost impossible for cities to pass and enforce housing laws on sober living homes, as they would on other types of licensed, addiction facilities. Without an update to federal law, city, state and local governments have very limited remedies to address this problem.

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The honorable services that sober living facilities seek to provide should not be clouded by the few who take advantage of people during the most vulnerable times in their lives. Keeping our neighbors and those in recovery safe is the job of our cities and states, and the federal government shouldn’t stand in their way."


The full-length piece from the OC Register over the weekend is available here.

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Empower Cities For Sober Living Homes Reform

2016/11/17

The following article, written by Congressman Darrell Issa, was originally published in the Orange County Register on November 12, 2016.

The nation’s growing heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic has sent demand for treatment facilities to new highs. Sober homes, a place where those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can live together in a substance-free environment in the final step of recovery, have cropped up all over Southern California. When well-run, these residences provide an important place where those in recovery can help shirk their addictions, but often many find that neither “sober” nor “home” accurately describe the environment they encounter there.

Homes can be overcrowded and poorly maintained. In some of the worst cases, drug and alcohol use festers on the premises, with some even overdosing in their care. To allow communities to rein in these bad actors, it’s time for Congress to update the Fair Housing Act to give states, cities and localities the power to oversee sober living facilities.

You need only listen to residents of cities like San Clemente or Encinitas to hear how these facilities are failing to live up to their commitments. The quick rise in the number of poorly run facilities has endangered those seeking help and created public safety concerns for those who live nearby.

The issue, of course, isn’t with those trying to overcome addiction. Especially at a time when fatal drug overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death and as fatal drug overdoses in Orange County have now reached a 10-year high, it’s clear that people need to be able to obtain sober housing to help them get clean. The issue lies, instead, with those seizing on the lack of oversight to open substandard facilities at a rapid pace.

Cities and states have attempted to fix this problem by passing reasonable and responsible zoning ordinances, but have only been met with federal roadblocks on their path to a solution.

Expansive court interpretations of the Fair Housing Act have made it almost impossible for cities to pass and enforce housing laws on sober living homes, as they would on other types of licensed, addiction facilities. Without an update to federal law, city, state and local governments have very limited remedies to address this problem.

Last month I introduced legislation to help remove this obstruction, enabling cities and states to enforce zoning compliance and implement oversight of sober living homes. My bill, the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act, aims to clarify the Fair Housing Act by fixing the loophole that has been exploited by unscrupulous facility operators. The bill returns power to our communities, enabling them to determine the best methods for providing public safety to both the residents of sober living facilities and their neighbors in our area.

As we look forward to these important fixes, it’s important not to diminish the overall importance of the landmark laws underlying the Fair Housing Act in addressing the issues caused by sober living facilities. For this reason, my legislation is narrowly tailored to give state and local government the ability to enact reasonable and responsible zoning criteria on residential recovery facilities (which include sober living homes) while also being careful to uphold the law’s original intent and not open the door to discrimination in housing.

The honorable services that sober living facilities seek to provide should not be clouded by the few who take advantage of people during the most vulnerable times in their lives. Keeping our neighbors and those in recovery safe is the job of our cities and states, and the federal government shouldn’t stand in their way.

Congressman Darrell Issa is the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th Congressional District and a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Issa’s Midnight Rules Relief Act Passes House of Representatives

2016/11/17

Congressman Darrell Issa released the following statement after the US House of Representatives passed Congressman Issa’s bill to enhance congressional oversight of the overreaching regulations often issued during the final months of a president’s term. Congressman Issa’s bill -- the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 5982) – passed the House today in a 240-179 vote.

 
“This bipartisan bill is about reviving the separation of powers to ensure our laws are written by the Representatives we actually vote for – not unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats who are on their way out the door. Presidents of both parties have made habit of enacting scores of last-minute regulations, with little oversight, to sneak in as much of their agenda as possible before the clock runs out on their time in office. The bill helps ensure this President, and any future president, will be held in check and that their policies have the proper level of scrutiny by both Congress and the American people. I’m pleased to see the House pass this important measure and look forward to its quick passage by our colleagues in the Senate.”
 
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Get Tickets To President-Elect Donald Trump's Inauguration

2016/11/15

The 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies will be held in Washington D.C. on Friday January 20th 2017. Every Congressional office will receive a limited number of tickets to the Inauguration ceremony at the Capitol.

My offices in Vista and Washington DC will be taking requests for Inauguration tickets until 12:00pm PT on November 22, 2016. Requests for tickets submitted after that deadline will not be accepted. We will prioritize tickets to residents of California’s 49th district.

If you are a resident of another Congressional District, please address your request to your representative. You can find your representative at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

To submit a request for inauguration ceremony tickets please send an email to: ca49.inauguration@mail.house.gov

Please include your name, the number of tickets you are requesting, your permanent address (not a PO Box), your email address and a phone number you can be reached at while you are in Washington D.C.

If you are selected to receive tickets you will need to pick them up in person from our office in Washington D.C. prior to the ceremony. Proof of residence and a photo ID will be required to obtain a ticket. The name on the ID must match the name on the ticket request. All inauguration tickets are free to the public and may not be sold.

Due to anticipated high demand we cannot guarantee anyone tickets to the ceremony. To maximize you chances of receiving a ticket please also consider applying through the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein (202 224-3841). Additionally, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will be providing tickets for the inauguration ceremony. The details of their process have yet to be announced.

We are unable to provide tickets to any other inaugural events including the inaugural parade or any of the official inaugural balls. The Presidential Inaugural Committee will release details on obtaining tickets to these events. A portion of the National Mall will also be open to members of the public without tickets. We will make an announcement once we receive these details.

If you have any questions please reach out to our office in Washington D.C. at (202) 225-3906.  

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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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