WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today outlined new plans to move forward on the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline, scheduling a hearing one week from today and announcing their intent to move forward on legislation that will restart the project after it was rejected today by President Obama. The committee invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify on the review her Department has completed as Congress looks at options to restart the project now that the president decided he cannot approve it.
Bearing bad news, the president called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to inform him that he would not approve the Presidential Permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead of saying "˜yes' to thousands of American jobs and a secure energy source, the president told Harper he needed more time and would reconsider the project under a new application. Disappointed by the president's rejection, Canada is not waiting around for the president to finally make up his mind. The administration has already had over three years to review the project and issue a decision.
Congressional Leaders Call on DOE to Create and Save Jobs by Re-Enriching Depleted Uranium and Advancing American CentrifugeJanuary 13, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional leaders from the Kentucky and Ohio delegations sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu yesterday urging him to take immediate action to create and protect jobs and maintain U.S. access to a vital resource by moving forward with the American Centrifuge and the re-enrichment of depleted uranium "tails." These tails are the byproduct from previous uranium enrichment conducted by the federal government -a public resource that is not currently being developed.
Energy and Commerce Leaders Respond to President's Proposal for Commerce and Trade Agency ConsolidationJanuary 13, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today welcomed the idea of consolidating duplicative and complex federal agencies, pointing to reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and information gathered in committee hearings as evidence that shrinking government bureaucracy is long overdue. President Obama today proposed merging six commerce and trade-related agencies, filling in details for the first time on an idea he suggested nearly a year ago in his State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON, DC - Marking the end of a more than five-year bureaucratic saga that has become all too common, federal air permits for exploratory drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea were made final yesterday after years of EPA delay. The EPA's internal appeals board rejected the latest in a long series of challenges to the permits, meaning energy exploration can finally move forward after being caught in the web of EPA's circuitous approve-then-appeal permit process.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sidestepping several important disclosure requirements with the new health care law and is preventing Congress and the American public from being able to assess the true costs associated with the so-called "essential health benefits," according to a letter sent today to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from several House chairmen and Senate ranking members.