WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today requested bipartisan briefings from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the recent fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated spinal steroid injections. According to the CDC, eight people have died and over 100 people have been sickened across nine states, and it is expected that the number expected may rise in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today expressed concern to the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) about a “stimulus” program that awarded $1 million to the U.K. company SamKnows to conduct a broadband speed test, an initiative that produced no American jobs according to the administration’s website Recovery.gov.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement after President Barack Obama signed S. 710, the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, into law. This new law will modernize the way the federal government and states track the shipment of hazardous waste by replacing the current paper-based tracking system with an electronic system. This transition to an electronic tracking system will help reduce paper work, streamline processes, and could help save over $100 million annually.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) today repeated their calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to the numerous outstanding requests from members of Congress, the Republican Governors Association, and the National Association of Medicaid Directors regarding the implementation of President Obama’s health care law.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to immediately suspend the distribution of incentive payments related to the Electronic Health Records (EHR) program.
WASHINGTON, DC – In an interview with ABC News on October 3, 2011, President Obama made his first public comments on the Solyndra bankruptcy, launching the administration’s China defense in attempting to explain away the failed $535 million loan guarantee to the California solar manufacturer.