WASHINGTON, DC - Today the State Department published in the Federal Register the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental EIS (SEIS) for the second Keystone XL Presidential Permit application. The SEIS will supplement the State Department’s FIES issued last August, which found the pipeline will have limited adverse environmental impacts.
WASHINGTON, DC - Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced two upcoming hearings that continue the focus on key subcommittee priorities. In the coming weeks, the panel will meet to discuss the future of video and to continue its oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.
Energy and Commerce Staff Changes: Senior Adviser Preparing for New Opportunity, Committee Aides Named to Fill Key PositionsJune 13, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today announced that Michael Beckerman, the panel’s Deputy Staff Director and a longtime Upton adviser since 2001, will depart the committee at the end of June. Beckerman joined the committee as Deputy Staff Director with the opening of the 112th Congress; prior to that, he served as Upton’s Policy Director since 2007, with a tenure on Capitol Hill that spans more than 12 years. Beckerman has been tapped to create a new Internet project based in D.C.
The National Governors Association this week released a report, “The Fiscal Survey of States,” that provides an update on the challenges currently facing the state-based Medicaid program. The report coincides with new information on the National Health Expenditures data that revealed the problem will only worsen under Obamacare. According to NGA’s report:
Energy and Commerce Leaders Continue to Seek Administration’s Cost Estimate for Utility MACT Rule as Electricity Prices RiseJune 8, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are once again asking the administration to provide a complete estimate of the cost of the Utility MACT rule announced last December. Members wrote today to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to follow up on previous committee requests.
Oversight Subcommittee Continues Effort Against Medicare Fraud and Abuse That Costs Nation Billions Each YearJune 8, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today continued its efforts to fight Medicare fraud, holding a hearing on “Medicare Contractors’ Efforts to Fight Fraud - Moving Beyond â€˜Pay and Chase.’” Medicare fraud costs taxpayers untold billions of dollars each year. To fight fraud, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with a number of private entities to conduct program integrity activities such as preventing, detecting, and recovering fraudulent Medicare payments.