Press Releases

October 11, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate today urged President Barack Obama to refrain from issuing an executive order exerting regulatory influence over the Internet in the name of cybersecurity.
October 10, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today wrote to U.S. Comptroller General and head of the Government Accountability Office Gene Dodaro requesting a study of federal spending used to support energy-related technologies. Full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) are requesting the study in response to concerns over the dramatic growth of spending and subsidies in energy markets.
October 10, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are continuing their investigation into the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, seeking information regarding the department’s $400 million stimulus loan guarantee awarded to now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and Rep.
October 9, 2012 | Press Release
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.
October 9, 2012 | Press Release
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.
October 5, 2012 | Press Release
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.

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