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STANDALONE ISRAEL AID BILL FAILS TO REACH 2/3 THRESHOLD, MIXED SUPPORT FROM SAN DIEGO DELEGATION

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

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February 7, 2024 (Washington, D.C.) -- A standalone bill to provide $17.6 billion in emergency aid to Israel amid its fight with Hamas failed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, with mixed support from the San Diego Delegation.

Democrats Sara Jacobs and Scott Peters opposed it, while Democrats Mike Levin and Juan Vargas joined Republic Darrell Issa in voting for it.


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FIVE CANDIDATES LOOK TO UNSEAT ISSA IN THE 48TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

By Michael Howard

 

February 7, 2024 (San Diego, CA) - The 2024 California March Primaries ballot are in the mailboxes of many voters, including the residents of the 48th Congressional District, where the Republican incumbent Darrell Issa is vying for his second term.

 

Issa has been in San Diego politics since 1998 when he ran for the U.S. Senate and lost to Matt Fong during the primaries. In 2000, he won the District 49 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and has also served in the same capacity for districts 48 and 50 in the ensuing years.

 

As the incumbent for District 48, Issa votes primarily along conservative lines, achieving a minimum of 82% or higher with most conservative political organizations such as the American Conservative Union, Christian Action Network, and Heritage Action for America. Conversely, his votes received zero to only 13% ratings with liberal organizations such as Americans for Democratic Action, Freedom Democrats, and Radical Middle. 

 

Issa faces five candidates across the political spectrum this election, including four Democrats and a no-party-preference candidate. Three of the five are candidates he beat in the 2022 election for his current seat, the other two are first-time contenders. The top two in the March 5 primary will advance to a November runoff race.

 

Stephen Houlahan (D) was the closest contender in 2022, whom Issa beat in the general election by a 20% margin. Matthew Rascon (D) lost to Issa during the primaries with 9.1% of the votes along with the no-party-preference candidate Lucinda KWH Jahn with only 1.6% of the votes. Two new contenders this year are Mike Simon (D) and Whitney Shanahan (D).

 

Photo:  The four candidates who participated in our questionnaire; top left to lower right, Democrats Stephen Houlahan,Mike Simonand Whiney Shanahan, and decline-to-state party candidates Lucinda KWH Jahn.

 

East County Magazine reached out to all candidates asking them to answer questions about the economy, immigration, healthcare, democracy, the Israel-Hammas and Russia-Ukraine wars, social security, and more. Four of the six candidates submitted their answers, which we have included in this article. Phone calls and emails to Congressman Issa and Matthew Rascon were not successful in obtaining answers to these questions. 

 

Here are the questions and answers from the candidates:


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EAST COUNTY REP. DARRELL ISSA JOINS GOP VOTE FOR JOE BIDEN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Rep. Darrell Issa at Gold Star Family hearing last August in Escondido. Photo by Chris Stone

December 14, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) - The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to formally authorize its ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden as Republicans unite behind the effort even though they have yet to find evidence of wrongdoing by the Democrat.


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GOP REP. ISSA VOTES IN VAIN AGAINST THE EXPULSION OF INDICTED REP. GEORGE SANTOS

By Ken Stone,Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

December 3, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) - Indicted Republican George Santos’ brief career in the House of Representatives came to an end Friday, when fellow lawmakers voted to expel the New Yorker over criminal corruption charges and accusations of misspending campaign money.


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AS DEATH TOLL MOUNTS IN ISRAEL-HAMAS CONFLICT, SAN DIEGO’S CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES SPEAK OUT

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2023 (San Diego) – After the House of Representatives finally elected a new Speaker, Mike Johnson, the first action was a bipartisan resolution in support of  Israel’s war against Hamas, also condemning Iran for aiding Hamas and other terror groups.  The resolution passed 412-10, with all five of San Diego’s Congressional representatives voting in favor.

But the local members differ sharply on other aspects of the Israel-Hamas conflict, including whether aid to Israel should be linked to humanitarian aid for Gaza and support for Ukraine.


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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES SANCTIONS ON HAMAS FUNDING SOURCES; ISSA INTRODUCES BILL TO FURTHER RESTRICT IRANIAN FUNDS

By Miriam Raftery

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November 1, 2023 (San Diego) – The Biden administration this week has imposed new sanctions  aimed at cutting off funding for Hamas, amid growing evidence that Iran provided weapons and training to Hamas prior to the terror group’s deadly attack on Israel. 

The New York Times reports that the new U.S. sanctions target:

  • Companies and investors that Hamas uses to hide its control of assets
  • Members of Iran’s military that train Hamas
  • Members of Hezbollah and Palestinian Jihad, which have also attacked Israel
  • A Jordanian national, Khaled Qaddoumi, who lives in Iran and acts as a liaison between Iran and Hamas.

The U.S.and Qatar have also agreed to block Iran’s access to $6 billion that was part of a deal to release five Americans imprisoned in Iran. None of that money has been spent, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has confirmed.


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EAST COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OFFER RESOURCES FOR CONSTITUENTS OR FAMILIES IN ISRAEL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 12,  2023 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Congressional Representatives Sara Jacobs and Darrell Issa have posted information for constituents impacted by the terrorist attacks in Israel.


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ISSA BILL TO STREAMLINE HIRING OF FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS PASSES COMMITTEE



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July 31, 2023 (Washington, DC)  — The House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously approved legislation authored by Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) by a 32-0 vote last week. The bill would streamline and accelerate hiring of critically needed federal firefighter personnel.

The legislation – H.R. 3499, Direct Hire to Fight Fires – grants permanent “direct hire” authority to federal firefighting agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service. Some of California’s worst wildfires have burned federal lands, including Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County.

“An indispensable strategy in taking on the severe fires we know are on the way is to deploy the necessary personnel to stop these blazes wherever they occur,” said Issa. “With this new hiring authority, our federal agencies can bring together the teams of firefighters we need to hold the line, halt the destruction, and save lives and property that are too often lost forever.”


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SENATE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES LAND TRANSFER ACT FOR PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS

Source: Pala Band of Mission Indians

July 22, 2023 (Pala) -- The United States Senate this week passed H.R. 423, the Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2023, by unanimous consent.  H.R. 423, introduced by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), places approximately 721 acres of sacred land the Pala Band of Mission Indians currently owns into trust.  

“On behalf of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, we thank Congressman Issa, Senator Padilla, Senator Feinstein and their colleagues for supporting this very important piece of legislation,” said Chairman Robert Smith of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “With the passage of this legislation, our ancestral grounds, which are central to our spiritual and cultural traditions, will be forever protected as part of the Pala Reservation.”


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ISSA COUATHORS HERO ACT TO AID SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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July 15, 2023 (San Diego) -- Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) was joined by House colleagues Richard Hudson (NC-09), Michael Waltz (FL-06), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19) this week to introduce H.R. 4334 – “The HERO Act.”  If enacted, it would grant service members who are victims of medical malpractice in a Dept. of Defense medical treatment facility the right to take their claim to District Court.


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ISSA INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO REDUCE CAR REPAIR COSTS

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March 30, 2023 (San Diego) — Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet in the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce the expense of automotive repairs and the cost of car insurance.


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ISSA COAUTHORS LEGISLATION TO RECOGNIZE WOMEN SOLDIERS WHO ASSISTED SPECIAL FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ

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March 23, 2023 (San Diego) --  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) today was joined by House colleagues Jen Kiggans (VA-02), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), and Jason Crow (CO-06) to introduce the bipartisan Jax Act, which will amend the military records of women veterans deployed alongside Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq – but were never recognized for their service. This has led to the denial of rank, benefits, and critical health care services.


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CONGRESSMEN ISSA, VARGAS RE-INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PLACE SACRED TRIBAL LAND INTO TRUST

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February 12, 2023 (San Diego) – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) and Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-52) re-introduced legislation on Jan. 24 to place 700 acres of sacred land into a Pala Band of Mission Indians tribal trust.


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CONGRESSMAN ISSA NAMED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY

Source:  Congressman Darrell Issa

February 8, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) released the following statement following his appointment to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.


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ISSA INTRODUCES SOIL ACT TO BAN LAND PURCHASES BY AMERICA’S ADVERSARIES NEAR SENSITIVE SITES

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January 30, 2023 (Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Darrell Issa (R-48) has introduced the Saving Our Invaluable Land (SOIL) Act, which would prohibit China, Russia, Iran and North Korea from purchasing land within 10 miles of sensitive U.S. agencies and strategic sites, including military bases and federally-funded research labs.


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ONLY REP. ISSA IN SAN DIEGO DELEGATION VOTES AGAINST FUNDING GOVERNMENT, UKRAINE AID

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

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December 24, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a $1.66 trillion government funding bill that provides record military spending and sends emergency aid to Ukraine, hours before a midnight shutdown deadline.


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REP. ISSA AND COLLEAGUES DEMAND OVERSIGHT HEARINGS ON IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

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November 14, 2022 (San Diego) -- Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) today released the following statement along with 10 committee membersafter calling on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to immediately hold a hearing on the human rights abuses occurring in Iran.


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ISSA ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RODEO CAUCUS TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE THE AMERICAN HERITAGE OF RODEO

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October 10, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) announced the formation of the Congressional Rodeo Caucus, which he will chair alongside his bipartisan colleagues Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) and Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16).


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REP. ISSA CRITICIZED STUDENT LOAN DEBT FORGIVENESS, BUT HIS COMPANY HAD $151,131 FEDERAL LOAN FORGIVEN

Update Nov. 15, 2022:  A federal appeals court has blocked the student loan forgiveness plan.  The Biden Administration is likely to appeal the decision.

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2022 (San Diego) – Congressman Darrell Issa has been sharply critical of President Joe Biden for cancelling a small percentage (10-20%) of student loan debts. But Greene Properties in Vista, for which Issa is listed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), pocketed $151,313 in federal loan forgiveness on a Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) loan during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The company’s website had since gone dark, offline for at least the past several weeks.


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REP. ISSA AND STAFF PROVIDE OVER 7,000 BOTTLES OF WATER TO SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY WITHOUT SAFE DRINKING WATER

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October 5, 2022 (Butterfield Ranch, Calif.) --  After convening a community meeting with constituents in the San Diego County community of Butterfield Ranch, Congressman Darrell Issa and his senior California-based staff also provided a significant supply of more than 7,000 bottles of water for the residents, who have endured a “boil water” order since May of this year. The desert community is located east of Julian and west of Borrego Springs in San Diego’s East County.


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HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES ISSA-SPONSORED BILL TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPAND DISPLAY OF NATIONAL HOTLINE

By Miriam Raftery

September 25, 2022 (San Diego) -- The House of Representatives has unanimously passed the bipartisan Human Trafficking Prevention Act, introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) along with Reps. Mace, Jeffries and Bass. The legislation will require display of National Human Trafficking Hotline information in restrooms of all U.S. ports of entry, airplanes, airports, trains, train stations, busses, and bus stations so that victims or anyone who notices a potential victim of human trafficking can reach out for help.  


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS “DINE & DIALOGUE” WITH REP. ISSA AUGUST 11

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August 3, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Regional East County Chamber of Commerce will host “Dine & Dialogue” with Congressman Darrell Issa on Thursday, August 11 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the Chamber’s office at 201 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon.

Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers before Aug. 11, $20 at the door.


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CONGRESSWOMAN JACOBS PRESIDES OVER HOUSE PASSAGE OF RIGHT TO CONTRACEPTION ACT; ISSA VOTES NO ON PROTECTING ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL

By Miriam Raftery

July 21, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53) presided over the House Floor today during the passage of H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act.  

Congresswoman Jacobs is a co-lead of the bill introduced by Congresswoman Kathleen Manning in response to Justice Clarence Thomas calling for reconsideration of Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark ruling which declared states could not outlaw birth control access for married couples.

East County’s Republican Congressman Darrell Issa voted against the bill, as did the vast majority of Republicans though several did cross party lines to vote in favor. The measure passed by a 228-195 margin.

Jacobs  gave an impassioned floor speech in support of the measure, which was also backed by San Diego’s other three Democratic representatives (Scott Peters, Mark Levin, and Juan Vargas.)


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ISSA AMENDMENT FOR ESCONDIDIO TOP GUN PILOT TO RECEIVE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR PASSES HOUSE

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July 16, 2022 (Washington D.C.) --  A measure introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa aims to recognize Korean War veteran and retired Navy Captain Royce Williams of Escondido, 97, with a Congressional Medal of Honor. The measure, supported by San Diego’s full Congressional delegation, was overwhelmingly approved by the House and added to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It will now advance to the Senate.


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PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE, ALLOWS STATES TO END ABORTION RIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Pro-choice demonstrators tonight at Waterfront Park in San Diego, by Josan Feathers

June 24, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Ending a half century of women’s rights to end a pregnancy, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a ruling overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. 

That means abortion becomes illegal in 26 states immediately due to trigger laws or older statutes on the books, many banning abortion even to save a mother’s life or prevent a rape or incest victim from being forced to give birth. More states are poised to consider banning or restricting abortion, while Republican leaders have pledged to seek a nationwide abortion ban if they regain control of Congress in November.

Today’s decision has sparked protests nationwide, including thousands protesting outside the Supreme Court and justices’ homes this evening, as well as a large crowd gathered in San Diego outside the County adminstration building at Waterfront Park.


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ISSA, HOULAHAN SET TO RUNOFF IN NOVEMBER FOR 48TH CONGRESSSIONAL SEAT

Update June 8, 2022 - The Secretary of State's office has posted preliminary results  for the 48th Congressional including both San Diego and Riverside counties. With provisional and some mail-in ballots remaining to be tallied, Rep. Issa has 59.3%, Houlahan, with 29%, will advance to the November runoff.  Rascon has 10% and Lucinda KWH Jahn has 1.6%.

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – Stephen Houlahan, a nurse with a masters in business administration and former Santee Councilman, is heading for a runoff election against Congressman Darrell Issa in November.


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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE STEPHEN HOULAHAN TAKES AIM AT DARRELL ISSA OVER WOMEN'S RIGHTS, HEALTHCARE, SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, THE ECONOMY AND MORE

 

May 27, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – In an interview with East County Magazine on KNSJ radio, Congressional candidate Stephen Houlahan draws sharp contrasts with his opponent, Rep. Darrell Issa, on key issues including women’s rights, the economy, healthcare, homelessness, immigration, climate change and more. A registered nurse who also has both a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and a degree in healthcare administration, he addressed the opioid crisis, the need to help small businesses, and a plan to put powerlines underground in East County to prevent more devastating wildfires.

Houlahan is running in the newly redrawn 48th Congressional district, which includes most of the former 50th Congressional district that encompasses most of San Diego’s Eat County.  It runs from the international border in the south north to Menafee in Riverside County, east to Imperial County, and as far west as Mt. Helix, with a few exceptions (El Cajon and Escondido are now split between two districts).

Here are his views on the issues impacting people across our region.


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EAST COUNTY RALLIES FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN WAKE OF LEAKED SUPREME COURT DECISION TO ALLOW STATES TO BAN ABORTIONS

 

By Elijah McKee

 

May 24, 2022 (El Cajon) — “I don’t care if y’all heard this a million times but I’m about to make it a million and one: banning abortions only bans safe ones,” proclaimed Huda Ahmed from the steps of the Grossmont Union School District offices during East County Justice Coalition’s (ECJC) reproductive rights rally on May 18. 

 

The rally was the first of its kind in East County since the U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling was leaked two weeks prior, alerting the public of the threat to federally protected abortion access. If the decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito stands as written, it would allow states to outlaw all abortions, even when a mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.


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HOUSE VOTES TO CAP INSULIN PRICES AT $35 A MONTH: LOCAL REPRESENTATVES SPLIT VOTES

By Miriam Raftery

April 1, 2022 (San Diego) – Experts say it costs less than $10 a vial to manufacture insulin, yet the price to consumers with diabetes has skyrocketed to as much as $1,000 per vial, ABC News reports. That’s led to rationing and deaths of some patients. Hoping to save lives, the House voted 232-193 to pass a bill that would cap insulin costs at $35 or 25% of an insurance plan’s negotiated price.

Although 12 Republicans voted with Democrats for the bill, local Republican Congressman Darrel Issa voted against it.  San Diego County’s other Congressional representatives voted in favor.


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ISSA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE TO ADVANCE SAN DIEGO WATER PROJECTS

“Projects balance community needs, resource preservation”

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March 23, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Darrell Issa testified earlier this month before the House of Representatives Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee in support of three San Diego area projects for which he has requested targeted federal funding. 


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