WASHINGTON, DC - As the committee prepares to vote on legislation to increase transparency and accountability at the Federal Communications Commission, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today expressed concern regarding the lack of transparency surrounding the FCC's recent universal service proceedings.
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, today outlined an aggressive year-end agenda for the panel, including House floor action, committee votes, and key hearings. Upton offered details on his plans to move a series of bills through the committee and the full U.S. House of Representatives to cap a congressional session defined by legislative achievements to protect and create jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and protect American families.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced plans to schedule a vote on legislation to significantly expand the availability of spectrum for wireless broadband buildout and support the creation of a nationwide, interoperable, broadband public safety network. The bill is expected to spur significant job creation, technological innovation, and deficit reduction. The soon-to-be introduced legislation is called the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011.
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, issued the following statement on congressional efforts to reduce the deficit and create jobs:
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week the president made headlines when he opted out of a jobs plan to put thousands of Americans back to work at zero-cost to taxpayers. With over a hundred thousand jobs on the line, the president refused to approve the Presidential Permit needed to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, punting a final decision and telling workers they would have to wait, if the jobs are ever created at all. The labor unions representing workers who stand to benefit from the pipeline are outraged over the administration's decision to put politics over jobs.
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hears from Energy Secretary Chu in Ongoing Solyndra InvestigationNovember 17, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today held a hearing with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the failed Solyndra loan guarantee. Members questioned the review and approval of the $535 million loan guarantee, specifically pressing the Secretary to explain why the administration ignored the clear warning signs that accurately predicted the deal was a bad bet for taxpayers.