Press Releases

December 4, 2013 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today examined how the president’s health care law will impact the Medicare Advantage program and what beneficiaries should expect in the coming year. The health care law raided $700 billion from Medicare, including $300 billion from Medicare Advantage alone, in order to fund the new entitlement.
December 3, 2013 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), today held a hearing on “The FTC at 100: Where Do We Go From Here?” Today’s hearing kicked off a series examining the work of the Federal Trade Commission as the agency approaches its 100th anniversary next year. The subcommittee is examining the commission’s mission, operating budget, and statutory authorities and what improvements are needed to help the agency protect consumers and promote competition in an ever-changing market.
December 3, 2013 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced plans for the committee to examine and update the Communications Act. Upton and Walden made the announcement via Google Hangout, where the committee leaders were joined by former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell as they outlined the need to update the law to better fit the communications marketplace of today.
December 2, 2013 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved H.R. 3588, the Community Fire Safety Act, a bill to exempt fire hydrants from being considered a covered product under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Although fire hydrants are not considered a major source of drinking water, the current law could ban the installation of non-compliant hydrants after January 4, 2014, leaving towns and cities no option to replace hydrants in the event of an emergency. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Rep.
December 2, 2013 | Press Release
Pitts: “The problems with the president’s health care law are far worse than the many HealthCare.gov-induced headaches that have plagued Americans across the country for the past two months.” WASHINGTON, DC - The Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), has scheduled a hearing to examine the health care law for Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify.
November 27, 2013 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today applauded the president’s signing of H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, into law. H.R. 3204 was the product of a yearlong investigation and bipartisan negotiation that led to this breakthrough agreement.

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