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NEWS
September 22, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the conservative Californian who has moved into the national limelight as a sharp stick in the side of the Obama administration,  endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential bid, it was announced Thursday. The endorsement is the latest among congressional Republicans as Romney seeks to solidify the establishment GOP in his fight with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the front-runner for the Republican nomination according to most polls. “As someone who shares my background in business, Congressman Issa understands that we need to make fundamental changes in Washington,” Romney said in a prepared statement.
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NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that he plans to launch an investigation into government loan programs, in response to the implosion of solar equipment maker Solyndra, which got a $535-million federal loan guarantee in 2009. Solyndra was the first recipient of a loan guarantee under a program authorized by the Bush administration in 2005 and beefed up under President Obama's stimulus act.  But in the last few weeks, the company has shuttered its operations, laid off nearly all of its 1,100 workers and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who runs the House committee charged with weeding out government abuses, fired his press spokesman Tuesday after it was revealed that the aide had been sharing private correspondence from reporters with a New York Times writer. The actions marked the end of a colorful pairing between the press-savvy Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his outspoken spokesman, Kurt Bardella, who was known in some Washington circles as "Mini-Me.
NEWS
March 1, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who runs the House committee charged with weeding out government abuses, fired his press spokesman Tuesday after it was revealed that the aide had been sharing private correspondence from reporters with a New York Times writer. The swift-moving drama marked the end of a colorful pairing between the press-savvy Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his outspoken front man, Kurt Bardella, who was known in some Washington circles as "Mini-me.
OPINION
January 6, 2011
Waste's new watchdog Re "GOP lawmaker has big plans for his new power," Jan. 3 You quote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) as saying, "They've played fast and loose with the money Congress gave them. " Issa is a millionaire whose ability to play fast and loose with his own money ended up giving the state to Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, who in turn played fast and loose with his mouth and thought he could run California with low-class theatrics. Issa spent $1.7 million of his own money to collect the signatures to recall then-Gov.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Darrell Issa used to be an entrepreneur. Now he aims to use his position to help business owners reverse what they see as onerous federal regulations. As the new head of the House's top investigative committee, the conservative Republican from Vista, Calif., recently sent letters to more than 150 business leaders asking for their wish list of rules they think are too burdensome. Issa's effort also is aimed at setting up him and his GOP colleagues as business-friendly lawmakers who want to clear obstructions to job growth and competition.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
The California Republican who is poised to become chief congressional watchdog over the Obama administration struck a note of restraint Sunday, promising to wring waste out of government even as he steered away from accusing the administration of misconduct. In a round of appearances on talk shows, Rep. Darrell Issa (R- Vista), who this week takes the helm of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, did not lay out a list of alleged scandals he plans to investigate.
NEWS
December 8, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Darrell Issa, the California congressman who has promised to closely scrutinize the Obama administration, will become chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the new GOP-controlled House of Representatives in January, it was announced on Wednesday. The appointment had been expected. Issa (R-Vista) is the ranking minority member of the committee in the current Congress. As chairman, Issa will be the leading voice in choosing what to investigate. A frequent Republican critic in the current Congress, Issa has said he wanted to seek new subpoena powers for dozens of federal agency watchdogs as part of a campaign to downsize government spending.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2010 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
If Republicans win control of the House in the Nov. 2 election, California's congressional delegation will undergo a dramatic transfer of power, as Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Rep. Henry A. Waxman of Beverly Hills give way to a team of Republicans who could take over at least five committees. Although Democrats are certain to remain in the majority of the state's delegation, California Republicans hold enough seniority within their party to wield the chairmanship gavels of more committees than any other state: ?
NATIONAL
October 9, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
A Republican lawmaker will ask to meet with Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack to express concern over e-mails showing frenzied department aides trying to contain the political fallout over a video painting former official Shirley Sherrod as racist. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) said in an interview Friday that he was particularly disturbed by one e-mail in which a USDA deputy secretary said that the job of agency political appointees "is to protect the president. " "How do we get people to understand that their primary responsibility as political appointees is to make sure the policies of the president get executed ?
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