Darrell Issa


Separating Fact from Fiction: The Truth About the Right-Wing Attacks on the Postal Service

By Rebecca Greenberg Band
California Labor Federation

The US Postal Service is the second largest employer in the United States, after the Department of Defense, employing more than half a million workers in good union jobs. It’s also the second largest employer of military veterans; more than 22% of all postal employees have served in the U.S. armed forces. But if Republicans in Congress get their way and succeed in ending Saturday mail delivery, as many as 200,000 Post Office jobs would be lost. With Veterans Day coming up, it couldn’t be a more fitting time to draw attention to this deceptive effort by the right wing to strip thousands of our brave service men and women of their jobs, and leave our troops returning home from war with even fewer employment options.

Rep. Issa Enterprises Cuts Off Nose to Spite Ethics Charges

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Darrell Issa was targeted Tuesday morning with an official ethics complaint, submitted by American Family Voices to the Office of Congressional Ethics. The complaint zeroes in on the laundry list of concerns that have been raised over Issa's personal benefit from his political actions. The letter specifically focuses on four incidences where Issa's personal investments comingled with his work as a legislator:

Rep. Issa Criticizes Federal Efficiency After Slashing Budget to Improve Efficiency

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

In February, Darrell Issa -- the co-founder of the House Transparency Caucus -- voted to cut more than 94% of federal funding for transparency programs. Two months later, he gave his "personal pledge" to save the transparency programs he had previously tried to starve of funding. At the time, we predicted here that Issa would let the cuts breathe for a few months and then use the cuts as cover to attack new-found inefficiency. And this week, that's exactly what he's doing.

Rep. Issa Says Saving $80 billion a Year is Too Expensive

By Lucas O’Connor

Note:Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

It's supposed to be vacation still for Darrell Issa, but he isn't having a great week. The New York Times noticed his consistent effort to transfer taxdollars to the super-rich and specifically himself, so not only is Issa stuck playing defense, it puts a damper on his attempts to criticize the President for mixing governing and campaigning. But if there's one thing Issa still knows how to do, it's argue against cleaner, safer, and cheaper cars. So that's exactly what he's doing.

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA – 49th) Presses to End Enforcement of Labor Law

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Darrell Issa ratcheted up his efforts to prevent the nation's courts from operating independently on Monday, issuing a subpoena for a wide range of documents from the National Labor Relations Board to do with the ongoing Boeing case. It's a typical brazen attempt by Issa to insert his own partisan agenda into an arena that he should have very little to do with -- because he needs the political points.

Darrell Issa Still Absent on Radioactive Tritium Leaking from San Onofre

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

It's been months now without Darrell Issa lifting a finger to address safety concerns at the nuclear power station at San Onofre in his district, and the terrifying problems continue to mount while Issa fiddles.

San Onofre Nuclear Facility Experiences Fifth Spill in 25 Months

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

While much of America enjoyed an extended holiday, it wasn't a seamless weekend for everyone in the region. San Diego CityBeat notes that at the San Onofre Nuclear Station, 70 gallons of sulfuric acid were spilled -- the fifth spill in just over two years. As CityBeat notes, there was a hydrazine spill in February 2011 ("Hydrazine is highly toxic and dangerously unstable"), and two much worse spills of sulfuric acid -- two spills in the same July 2010 day, and another spill in April of 2009.

Darrell Issa: Drill, Baby, Drill

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Coming up this Friday, Darrell Issa is again packing up the Oversight Committee for a trip to California. This time, it's a visit to Bakersfield for a field hearing asking "Can New And Safe Oil Extraction Technologies Help Address Gas Prices?"

Darrell Issa Proudly Claims Failure in The Gulf. Again.

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The California Progress Report will occasionally cross-post particularly relevant campaign posts.

Darrell Issa really likes to brag about his time providing oversight of the Minerals Management Service. The notion goes that because he talked about problems there, he should get a special gold star for non-partisanship. The thing is, with a Republican President, a Republican Senate, Republican control of the House of Representatives and thus of the Oversight Committee, Issa's words about MMS didn't actually amount to any action. Not only did he fail in his job to provide the necessary oversight to make MMS work effectively and safely, but he wasn't even moved enough by his own work to change his stance on offshore drilling.

Issa Can’t Escape His Own Disaster

By Lucas O’Connor

Note: “Issa Exposed” is a project of the Courage Campaign that tracks Darrell Issa's public record as well as the ongoing investigations and hearings he's involved with as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The California Progress Report will occasionally cross-post particularly relevant campaign posts.

As Darrell Issa spends his day criticizing the Obama administration for politicizing the Freedom of Information Act process at the Department of Homeland Security, Lee Fang expands on the brazen, partisan hypocrisy that we touched on Wednesday with a rundown of the decidedly different tune Issa was singing during the Bush years: