WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), pressed ahead with its hearing today on EPA’s enforcement priorities and practices even without the appearance of former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6 Al Armendariz. Expected to be today’s spotlight witness, Dr. Armendariz decided to cancel his appearance late yesterday afternoon with no explanation for the last-minute decision not to appear.
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the House Energy Action Team today unveiled the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a legislative package comprised of a series of bills that aim to increase access to American energy resources and prevent misguided federal policies that will drive energy prices higher. Energy and Commerce Committee member Cory Gardner (R-CO) will sponsor this legislative collection that will help spur job creation by removing roadblocks to American energy production.
WASHINGTON, DC - The House of Representatives today passed an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to provide the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with additional funds to finish its review of the license application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. The amendment, offered by Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), provides $10 million in additional funding to allow the NRC to resume its review of the license application.
WASHINGTON, DC - The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today heard from a musician, broadcast and Internet radio providers, and representatives of the songwriting, record label, wireless and consumer electronics industries, about how advances in technology are changing the way Americans gain access to and consume audio content.
WASHINGTON, DC - With less than 24 hours until he was scheduled to testify in front of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, former Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6 Al Armendariz has notified the committee that he will not appear at tomorrow’s hearing. Counsel representing Armendariz contacted the committee late this afternoon notifying staff of the cancellation. Armendariz himself had previously agreed to testify after his comments in a controversial online video forced him to resign.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced its hearing schedule for the week of June 4. The Subcommittee on Energy and Power will examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement philosophy with Former EPA Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz. The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will discuss audio content in an ever-changing marketplace. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will continue its efforts to combat government waste with an examination of Medicare fraud and abuse.