Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Encinitas/Solana Beach Sand Replenishment Bill Passes U.S. House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) which, among other projects, authorizes over $91 million to address the public safety issues and potential economic and property damages associated with bluff and beach erosion in Encinitas and Solana Beach.

“I am proud to deliver on a top priority for the communities of Encinitas and Solana Beach. Erosion of the beaches and bluffs in our area have presented significant safety concerns we can correct through the careful work of the Army Corps of Engineers and our local and federal leaders. Just this week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Mayor Zito of Solana Beach where he stressed what an incredible difference this project will make for the future safety and economy in our area. Today I am excited to move this project forward. In addition, the WIIN Act makes crucial investments in our nation's water infrastructure and prioritizes drought relief for California. We still have much work to do on California's water problems, but this bill presents good solutions that will help ensure the longevity of our water infrastructure and help fix erosion issues that have plagued our coastal communities.”

The Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation Act is bipartisan legislation that helps address the needs of the America's harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources. In addition to the provisions for Sand Replenishment, the WIIN Act:

  • Increases water deliveries to California farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California
  • Builds long-term water infrastructure in California and around the nation
  • Modifies environmental restrictions that have hindered the state’s ability to capture water during the rainy season

Earlier this week, Congressman Issa met with Solana Beach Mayor David Zito in his Washington, D.C. offices to discuss the WIIN Act and the importance of the Army Corps' sand replenishment efforts to the safety and economy of the district.

You can read more about the projects in Encinitas and Solana Beach here.


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3 Issa-Backed Veterans Bills Pass U.S. House


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve three veterans bills co-sponsored by Congressman Issa -- an Army veteran and representative of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The legislation passed today includes measures that will stop the taxation of certain benefits paid to disabled combat veterans, allow self-scheduling of appointments at the VA, and allow spouses of servicemembers to claim the same residency as the servicemember for voting and tax purposes.

“Each of these bills is common sense and long overdue," said Congressman Darrell Issa. "Veterans in the Orange County and San Diego County area contact my office for help with the Veterans Administration (VA) every single day. The bills we’ve passed today will help improve the healthcare, benefits, and services for veterans and their families. I thank and applaud my colleagues who worked on these important measures and look forward to continuing to work on further solutions for our nation's deserving vets."

In addition to other measures, the House approved:

H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016

Restores amounts improperly withheld for tax purposes from severance payments to individuals who retired or separated from service in the Armed Forces for combat-related injuries

Background on this bill is available in the Military Times

H.R. 4352, the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016

Directs the Veterans Affairs Department to carry out a pilot program establishing a patient self-scheduling appointment system.

 H.R. 5428, the Military Residency Choice Act

Authorizes the spouses of servicemembers to elect to use the same residences as servicemembers for tax and voting purposes.

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House Approves $611 Billion Defense Bill


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


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


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


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


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


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"


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.


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.


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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Issa’s Midnight Rules Relief Act Passes House of Representatives


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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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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