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July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Baltimore lawmaker and top-ranking Democrat on the often contentious committee have never enjoyed a particularly strong relationship. And so tensions were already high when Issa, a California Republican, referred to Cummings on Thursday as "a little boy with his hand caught in the cookie jar" during a hearing that quickly captured national attention and prompted Issa to clarify his remarks a few hours later.
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By Robert Weiner and Nakia Gladden | August 26, 2013
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, now the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has emerged as the leader and spokesman against what President Barack Obama calls "phony scandals. " The committee's chairman, Republican Darrell Issa of California, has spearheaded the investigations into most of the scandals. In 2011, Mr. Issa revealed a list of important issues that he would focus on, including: WikiLeaks, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis, corruption in Afghanistan, Food and Drug Administration recalls, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's failure to pinpoint the cause of the financial meltdown.
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By Gregg Jones and Gregg Jones,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 1, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In his transformation from car-alarm magnate to Republican congressman and, now, candidate for governor, California's Rep. Darrell Issa has often recalled his rags-to-riches rise in the business world. Issa's campaign Web site promotes an achievement that seems to symbolize his story: "In 1994, Inc. Magazine recognized Darrell Issa as Entrepreneur of the Year." But Issa has never won the prestigious national award. The founders of Outback Steakhouse took the magazine's top "Entrepreneur of the Year" honors in 1994.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Baltimore lawmaker and top-ranking Democrat on the often contentious committee have never enjoyed a particularly strong relationship. And so tensions were already high when Issa, a California Republican, referred to Cummings on Thursday as "a little boy with his hand caught in the cookie jar" during a hearing that quickly captured national attention and prompted Issa to clarify his remarks a few hours later.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2011
— The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, was quizzing an Obama administration official on the price of gasoline at a hearing last month when he suddenly cut off the witness. Issa pointed out that the man was under oath and said he didn't want him to say something "bad. " The unusual comment came more than an hour into the hearing — only a handful of committee members were still in the room — but nevertheless caught the attention of the lawmaker sitting directly to Issa's right.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
He has maintained a relatively low profile on the Sandra Fluke story, but Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings played a big role in putting the Georgetown law student in the spotlight and sparking a nationwide conversation over contraceptives. Fluke, 30, has become a national figure in the debate over whether insurance companies should be required to cover the cost of birth control for employees at religious-based institutions. Her profile was elevated last week when conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used slurs to describe her and then apologized for the comments.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
When city or county firefighters have a family event or unexpected obligation pop up on a workday, their solution is familiar to most shift workers: They find a colleague willing to trade hours. But for the roughly 10,000 firefighters employed by the federal government at places such as the Naval Academy and Fort Meade, law limits the ability to swap shifts — a restriction that they say causes them to miss birthdays, graduations and personal emergencies. And so the small federal firefighting force — including about 350 in the Baltimore-Washington region — is again pushing Congress to grant them the same flexibility to alter schedules that their local counterparts have had for decades under the Fair Labor Standards Act. "There are things you miss, like when your child has a play, or some sort of activity," said Trenton Massenberg, 47, a fire captain at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
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By Robert Weiner and Nakia Gladden | August 26, 2013
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, now the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has emerged as the leader and spokesman against what President Barack Obama calls "phony scandals. " The committee's chairman, Republican Darrell Issa of California, has spearheaded the investigations into most of the scandals. In 2011, Mr. Issa revealed a list of important issues that he would focus on, including: WikiLeaks, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis, corruption in Afghanistan, Food and Drug Administration recalls, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's failure to pinpoint the cause of the financial meltdown.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
The brouhaha over Attorney General Eric Holder and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum. Mr. Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- "an eleventh-hour stunt," he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is requesting that a group whose affiliates have challenged the legitimately of thousands of voter registrations, including some in Maryland, turn over documents to demonstrate how it determines which registrations to target. In a letter to Texas-based True the Vote, the Baltimore Democrat argues that the group and its affiliates have been unsuccessful in identifying people who are incorrectly registered. Instead, Cummings argues, the groups are jeopardizing to disenfranchise people who are correctly registered to vote.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
When city or county firefighters have a family event or unexpected obligation pop up on a workday, their solution is familiar to most shift workers: They find a colleague willing to trade hours. But for the roughly 10,000 firefighters employed by the federal government at places such as the Naval Academy and Fort Meade, law limits the ability to swap shifts — a restriction that they say causes them to miss birthdays, graduations and personal emergencies. And so the small federal firefighting force — including about 350 in the Baltimore-Washington region — is again pushing Congress to grant them the same flexibility to alter schedules that their local counterparts have had for decades under the Fair Labor Standards Act. "There are things you miss, like when your child has a play, or some sort of activity," said Trenton Massenberg, 47, a fire captain at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
He has maintained a relatively low profile on the Sandra Fluke story, but Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings played a big role in putting the Georgetown law student in the spotlight and sparking a nationwide conversation over contraceptives. Fluke, 30, has become a national figure in the debate over whether insurance companies should be required to cover the cost of birth control for employees at religious-based institutions. Her profile was elevated last week when conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used slurs to describe her and then apologized for the comments.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2011
— The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, was quizzing an Obama administration official on the price of gasoline at a hearing last month when he suddenly cut off the witness. Issa pointed out that the man was under oath and said he didn't want him to say something "bad. " The unusual comment came more than an hour into the hearing — only a handful of committee members were still in the room — but nevertheless caught the attention of the lawmaker sitting directly to Issa's right.
NEWS
By Gregg Jones and Gregg Jones,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 1, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In his transformation from car-alarm magnate to Republican congressman and, now, candidate for governor, California's Rep. Darrell Issa has often recalled his rags-to-riches rise in the business world. Issa's campaign Web site promotes an achievement that seems to symbolize his story: "In 1994, Inc. Magazine recognized Darrell Issa as Entrepreneur of the Year." But Issa has never won the prestigious national award. The founders of Outback Steakhouse took the magazine's top "Entrepreneur of the Year" honors in 1994.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
Republicans like Rep. Darrell Issa and Bob Ehrlich must be getting pretty desperate trying to make a big deal about an Obama cover up on Benghazi ("Benghazi: The Obama spin continues," May 12). What is known is that a murderous crowd attacked the U.S. consulate and killed our ambassador and three other Americans. Whether there may have been al-Qaida thugs in the crowd or not appears to be a distinction without meaning. It seems ironic that the same crowd that dragged us into an unnecessary war in Iraq based on non existent WMD are now making a big deal out of a contrived issue.
NEWS
May 19, 2012
Transparency and accountability are not hallmarks of the Obama administration. When a government operation calls for the distribution of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and results in the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and at least 200 Mexican citizens, someone better start explaining. Unfortunately however, Attorney General Eric Holder has skirted responsibility in revealing what he knows about a government sting operation gone tragically wrong. When the nation's highest law enforcement official perverts his public duty by deceiving the American people instead of protecting them, he must go. Mr. Holder's Department of Justice has failed to comply with a subpoena issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa that requests all of Mr. Holder's communications regarding Operation Fast and Furious.
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