Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa regarding inaccurate statements he made on the Solyndra investigation during an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal.
The full text of the letter is below.
September 26, 2011
The Honorable Darrell Issa
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Issa:
I am writing to address comments you made about me in an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal.
You said, "There's been this attitude that somehow government can weigh in with loan guarantees and money and pick winners, specific company winners, and losers. We see that as a backdoor, easy way to end up with corruption in government because the people picking winners and losers, in this case Solyndra, include Henry Waxman."
You also stated, "In the case of the President's people, in the case of Henry Waxman, you clearly had people who saw a link between their campaign contributions, their ideological bent, and these companies."
I am writing to let you know that I had no involvement in the selection of the Solyndra loan. In fact, the first time I met with representatives from Solyndra was in July 2011, when the company's CEO, Brian Harrison, informed me -- erroneously, it turned out -- that the company's prospects were bright.
As a former chairman of the Oversight Committee, I know that the public pays attention to statements the chair makes. That gives whoever occupies the chair of the Oversight Committee a special responsibility to be accurate.
Henry A. Waxman