Issa: "Bold Leadership Needed to Confront Mounting Government Debt"

Statement

By:  Darrell Issa
Date: Jan. 3, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today was sworn into the 113th Congress beginning his 7th term in the U.S House of Representatives.

"I am truly honored and grateful that the people of the 49th Congressional district have given me the opportunity to represent them and to build upon my work holding government accountable and to make it work better and more efficiently," said Issa. "I will continue to focus my efforts on policies that spur economic growth, create jobs and prosperity."

Issa will continue to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where his investigations have exposed the Justice Department's botched-gun operation known as "Fast and Furious" which allowed automatic weapons to leave the United States and be put into the hands of Mexican drug-cartels, the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program that "invested" hundreds-of-billions of taxpayer dollars in companies like Solyndra that went bankrupt, and uncovered staggering vulnerabilities in security protocol for U.S. diplomats in the wake of the tragedy in Benghazi.

"San Diego and Orange County residents see every day how Washington is failing them," said Issa. "My position as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has given me a tremendous platform to work on behalf of the taxpayers to expose government's failures and to fight for an aggressive reform agenda that will reign in waste, fraud and abuse."

Issa called a return to fiscal sanity the most pressing challenge confronting the 113th Congress, "Make no mistake about it, this is a crisis situation that requires bold leadership and tough decisions. Washington cannot continue to spend more than it takes in and it cannot tax its way into fiscal balance," he continued.

Issa has been representing the 49th Congressional district since 2000. The newly drawn 49th Congressional District includes the San Diego and Orange County communities of: Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Coto de Caza and Ladera Ranch.