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During his tenure, Congressman Issa has investigated the following issues:
1. The breakdown in security at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya . On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked an understaffed and under-protected consulate. Their frequent requests for more staffing were ignored. Four state department officials died during those unprecedented attacks. President Obama faced a firestorm of allegations. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will testify before the Senate about her knowledge and responsibilities relating to this attack.
2. The reckless program entitled "Operation Fast and Furious ". President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder engaged in a gun-walking policy with drug dealers in order to lead United States Justice Department Officials to major drug cartels. This unthinking program contributed to the deaths of American Department of Justice personnel, along with American and Mexican civilians. Attorney General Holder was later cited by the House for contempt because he refused to testify on this abortive program.
3. Congressman Issa has proposed comprehensive reforms to salvage the United
States Postal Department. In the last six years, the mail volume of the USPS has declined by 46 billion parcels, yet the outstanding financial obligations remain, and since federal workers must receive their pensions, someone has to pay. Currently, the taxpayers are getting "stamped" for bailing out the USPS.The Issa-Ross Postal Reform Act, will prevent taxpayers from picking up the tab on postal workers' pensions and benefits and ensure that the programs remain solvent without shutting down the US Postal Service.
4.Congressman Issa is leading on Intelligence Technology reforms of federal government information. The current structure and retrieval of government data remains cumbersome, outdated, and extravagantly wasteful. The taxpayers deserve their money's worth in Washington, and Congressman Issa is taking steps to streamline and implement innovations and greater efficiency where possible (which is pretty much everywhere in the federal government).
5. In line (or perhaps in response to) labor reforms in Wisconsin and Michigan,
the House Oversight Committee is investing and encouraging workplace fairness and equity in labor unions. Workers have a right to choose whether they pay dues or join a union. Union power had its place years ago , but now the statist status quo of collective bargaining rights has crippled cities and state capitals across the country. Even private corporations like Hostess foods have declared bankruptcy and closed their doors because they could not compete nor negotiate with collective bargaining units which would not yield on pensions and benefits.
In October last year, Issa issued a subpoena for information relating to cuts in Medicare Advantage. The Oversight Chairman suggested that the Obama Administration instituted perks and kick-backs in ObamaCare in order to buy senior votes before the November 6th election. Just after the fiscal cliff deal passed at the last minute, Issa resisted the Hurricane Sandy stimulus bill, which was laden with pork barrel spending, nothing but wasteful earmarks and handouts to constituencies as unrelated as Michigan and Alaska, neither of which were devastated by Superstorm Sandy the previous winter.
Congressman Issa and his Committee should spare neither time nor energy from the penetrating glare and stare from his chairmanship.
In addition to investigating payouts in the midst of massive Medicare cuts, Congressman Issa must drag the Obama Administration over the carpet over ObamaCare, which is already taxing the middle class and the medical facilities in this country. Issa must dredge through every penny of waste and fraud and frivolous spending which pours out of Washington.
Issa must subpoena Congressman Henry Waxman, the former "Eliot Ness" of the House Oversight Committee from 2007-2009. The same Congressman who attempted to harass corporations who could not afford ObamaCare mandates, the same Congressman who threatened to remove Congressman Issa from the committee if he refused to stop demanding for regular order during a 2007 hearing. One report suggests that Congressman Waxman hid the underlying and punishing costs of the new entitlement. ObamaCare, or rather Obama-WaxmanCare, is already threatening hospitals and diminishing access while increasing health care costs.
A number of governors are refusing to establish Medicare exchanges. The taxes that were hidden in the bill, which would were supposed to learn about when the Democratic majorities passed the bill, are arlready creeping up on the American people and crippling small businesses. Congressman Waxman claims to care about the middle class taxpayer. Congressman Issa should hold Waxman in contempt for not telling the truth, since he has voted against tax cuts for working and middle income Americans.
|. . . Except the Taxes, Regulations, Hidden Costs.|
Regulatory Burdens, Declining Access. . .