October 5, 2013 (San Diego) –San Diego Congressman Issa (R-49) got a scolding from a federal judge after he asked to have a lawsuit that he filed be heard despite a federal shutdown.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Issa’s request, noting that “while the vast majority of litigants who now must endure a delay in the progress of their matters do so due to circumstances beyond their control, that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown.” Issa voted for a controversial spending bill passed by House Republicans that sought to defund the Affordable Care Act, prompting the shutdown after the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to approve the measure.
Issa’s request is ironic given that federal attorneys have been furloughed due to the shutdown and told to work only on matters necessary for discharge of President Barak Obama’s constitutional duties and powers. The Issa suit was filed against the President on behalf of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. which Issa chairs.
The suit seeks to force release of confidential documents after the committee failed to find evidence of wrongdoing in the “Fast and Furious” case over the government’s handling of a gun-smuggling case in Arizona.