WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Appropriations Committee today launched an examination into reports that the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Office of Communications and Education (OCE) spent about $45 million in FY2012, nearly double the entire amount the Food and Drug Administration spent on communications.
The Potential Gas Committee (PGC) this week released the results of its latest assessment of America’s natural gas reserves, estimating the United States’ total recoverable resource base at 2,384 trillion cubic feet. This is the highest resource evaluation in the 48-year history of the Potential Gas Committee, a group of experts based at the Colorado School of Mines who conduct this assessment on a biennial basis. This year’s estimates rose a stunning 22.1 percent since 2010.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today advanced legislation to promote a global Internet free from government control. The bill, approved by voice vote, contains the same language that unanimously passed the House and Senate last year, elevating it to official U.S policy rather than merely a sense of the Congress in light of continued international efforts to regulate the Internet.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today held a hearing on the discussion draft of H.R. __, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2013. Today’s hearing builds on the subcommittee’s work last Congress to set up a state-based regulatory program for the safe management, reuse, and disposal of coal residuals. The draft bill mirrors the text of S. 3512 in the 112th Congress, which was introduced in the Senate with strong bipartisan support, and is similar to Rep. David McKinley’s (R-WV) legislation, H.R.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today heard from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on ideas for reforming the traditional Medicare benefit design. Many of the Commission’s recommendations for reform represent policy ideas that carry long-standing bipartisan support from a wide range of policymakers, health experts, and economists.
For far too long, our nation’s seniors and people with disabilities have seen their health care program used as a piggy bank to fund the creation of new programs for others. Rather than ensuring Medicare remains solvent and successful for today’s more than 50 million beneficiaries and for future generations, the Affordable Care Act diverted $716 billion from Medicare to fund the largest expansion of Medicaid in history and the creation of yet another entitlement program. This $716 billion raid on