A Look Into the Actions of Darrell Issa in Congress

Story by Olivia Olander, News Editor

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Post-inauguration hubbub has mostly focused on President Donald Trump, but what’s going on in Capitol Hill? Here’s a small sample of how North County’s Darrell Issa, a Republican representative, has been voting.

Issa voted yes on…
● A resolution that would allow states to defund abortion and family planning funding, like Planned Parenthood. It passed in the House of Representatives.
● A resolution that would allow the hunting of bears and wolves on the National Wildlife Refuges of Alaska. It passed in the House.
● A resolution that would allow states to drug test people that receive unemployment insurance in more situations, and deny them benefits if they fail. It passed in the House.
● A bill that would allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to give priority in contracts to businesses that employ a high percentage of veterans. It passed in the House.
● A bill that would allow the Department of Labor to reward businesses that hire veterans. It passed in the House.
● A resolution that would overturn some regulations on teacher performance for funding. These regulations were passed in the last days of the Obama Administration. This bill to overturn them passed in the House.

In the Republican-controlled House, the representative has supported every bill he’s voted on since Jan. 24. These bills would have to pass through the Senate and Trump’s desk to become law.

Issa also garnered attention as being part of a group of Republican elected officials who attracted angry crowds of Democratic opposition at town halls and demonstrations nationwide, and received criticism for not attending a health care town hall Feb. 21.

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