Darrell Issa

House GOP Group Launches Digital Campaign for Health Care Plan
American Action Network will target 28 House districts

American Action Network is running digital ads about the House Republicans’ health care law replacement efforts in Ohio’s 4th District, held by former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across 28 congressional districts. 

American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit advocacy organization, is launching its first digital campaign of the year Friday, when the House is expected to vote on the budget resolution that would begin the process of repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. 

Newest Blue Dog Sides with GOP on Repeal of Midnight Rules
Democrat Josh Gottheimer campaigned as a fiscal conservative

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer was one of only four Democrats to vote for legislation allowing for the repeal of recent regulations finalized by the Obama administration. (Courtesy Josh Gottheimer Facebook page)

The three Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the Republican-backed Midnight Rules Relief Act last November had some new company Wednesday night, when the House again passed California Rep. Darrell Issa’s reintroduced legislation.

The House voted 238-184 to allow Congress to repeal en bloc multiple regulations approved in the last 60 legislative days of President Barack Obama’s administration. 

Cutting Federal Workforce Not the Way to Eliminate Waste, Fraud and Abuse
Using data to proactively assess risks

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del.; and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., discuss government entities and programs identified as "high risk" for waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to “attack our debt and deficit by vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.” Within weeks of the election, President-elect Trump announced plans to implement federal hiring freezes and curtail or eliminate protections that federal employees have had for more than a generation.

Waste, fraud and abuse in government are significant problems and President-elect Trump is right to focus on eliminating them. But cutting the federal workforce is not the path to doing so. A 1982 Government Accountability Office report found, for example, that the federal hiring freezes imposed under Presidents Carter and Reagan led to the loss of 445 IRS revenue agent and auditor staff, which resulted in government losses of tax revenue of more than 20 times the amount saved in salaries and benefits.

Questions Loom for House’s Top Inquisitor
Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz faces a crossroads on Trump

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz has used his perch atop the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to pursue both bipartisan and partisan inquiries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As one of Congress’ chief inquisitors, Jason Chaffetz shot to national prominence using the same playbook that has worked for both parties — he relentlessly investigated the opposition. 

His targets were often officials in President Barack Obama’s administration and Hillary Clinton. For Clinton, had she won the November election, there was no end in sight — Chaffetz said he had years of material lined up.L

Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

California Rep. Darrell Issa will face another challenge from Doug Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

Doug Applegate Isn’t Done with Darrell Issa
The failed Democratic candidate announced he’ll run again in 2018

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was declared the winner of the 49th District race three weeks after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The day after California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa was officially declared the winner of the 49th District race, Democrat Doug Applegate announced that he’ll run again in 2018.

“As a Marine Colonel, I know that the hardest fights often take a couple of battles — and I look forward to continuing our fight in the days, weeks, and months ahead,” Applegate said in a statement Tuesday evening.

It's Official: Darrell Issa Re-Elected in California
Democrat Doug Applegate falls short in upset bid against GOP incumbent

California Rep. Darrell Issa is returning for a ninth term in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa officially won re-election Monday, giving the House GOP yet another win in a seat it had once feared losing. 

The Associated Press called the race nearly three weeks after Election Day, with Issa leading Democrat Doug Applegate, 51 percent to 49 percent. 

Net Worth of Leaders Held Stable During Tough 2015 Investment Year
But more than a quarter of top senators and representatives were in the red

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Paul Ryan may have ascended to the House speakership in 2015, but closer to home, his personal net worth fell by $1 million.

The Wisconsin Republican, who just won the House Republican Conference backing for another term in the 115th Congress, reported a minimum net worth of just under $2 million according to his personal financial disclosure report.

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera Holds On in California’s 7th District
Race called 10 days after Election Day

California Rep. Ami Bera has eked out another close win in the 7th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

California Rep. Ami Bera has won a third term representing the state’s 7th District, defeating Republican opponent Scott Jones. 

Ten days after Election Day, The Associated Press called the race Friday after updated election results showed Bera extending his lead over Jones by more than 2 percentage points. 

House Democrats Begin Long Soul-Searching Process
Party is optimistic about making gains in 2018

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., center, talks with Mark Froemke, right, and Wayne Fleischhacker, of the AFL-CIO, during a fish fry and fundraiser at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter, Minn., last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After President-elect Donald Trump’s surprising victory, congressional Democrats are now beginning what’s likely to be a long process of soul-searching about what didn’t work this year — and what they need to do better to pick up seats in 2018. 

The diagnosis was apparent even before Hillary Clinton had conceded last week: She didn’t do well enough in competitive districts to lift Democratic recruits. And members have begun to internalize the fact that anti-Trump messaging didn’t work in as many places as they thought it might.