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.
January 5, 2011 |
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.
January 3, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 2010 |
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.
November 21, 2010 |
Finally, after eight years of courtship, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged, and the fashion world has a new icon in waiting. When the engaged couple met the media for the first time Tuesday, Middleton's sapphire blue Issa dress matched her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Of course, the ring once belonged to William's mother, Diana, and sapphire was also the color she wore on the day her engagement to Prince Charles was announced in 1981. Copies of the ring were sold then, and they are being sold now. By Wednesday morning, HSN was hawking a similar style by Carol Brodie, and Issa had sent out a news release bragging about its famous fan. Will Kate's style influence be similar to Diana's?
October 25, 2010 |
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: ?
October 9, 2010 |
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 ?
March 11, 2010 |
Federal inspection of the runaway Toyota Prius that took a wild ride on a San Diego County freeway was delayed several hours Wednesday when a California congressman insisted that someone from his office witness the examination. A team of inspectors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was already at Toyota of El Cajon examining the car -- which reportedly had a stuck accelerator, causing it to speed for half an hour before the driver got it stopped -- when a staffer from the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
February 7, 2010 |
An Iraqi Shiite group with close ties to Iran claimed in a video posted Saturday that it was holding an American hostage who is believed to be an El Cajon man reported missing in Baghdad by the Pentagon. A brief Defense Department statement Friday said that Issa T. Salomi, 60, who works as a civilian contractor, had been unaccounted for since Jan. 23. The undated video posted on an Islamist website shows a gray-haired man wearing U.S. military combat fatigues seated beneath a black banner bearing the name Asaib al Haq, or League of the Righteous.
January 11, 2010 |
A member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family was found not guilty Sunday of the torture and rape of an Afghan in a case that has embarrassed the Gulf emirate and raised questions over human rights. The judge reading the verdict at a court in the United Arab Emirates did not give a reason why Sheik Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan was exonerated of responsibility for abuse shown in a video first made public by ABC television last year. ABC identified one of the abuse participants as Issa.