Press Releases

April 19, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Continuing its focus on job creation, the subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), convened a hearing today to discuss an all-important question facing the U.S. economy: "Can American Manufacturing Thrive Again?" This was the subcommittee's second hearing in its where the jobs are hearing series to examine obstacles and opportunities to understand and improve the employment outlook in America. 
April 19, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are seeking answers from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko regarding his recent votes opposing the construction and licensing of the nation's first nuclear reactors in three decades. Jaczko was the lone dissenting vote opposing the new nuclear reactors at SCANA's V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina and the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia. In both instances, Jaczko opposed the new reactors that will provide Americans with clean, reliable power and thousands of jobs.
April 18, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency today finalized a 588-page rule that expands regulations for oil and natural gas production to add complex new requirements affecting a variety of oil and gas production operations, including hydraulically fractured wells. House Energy and Commerce leaders responded to this latest regulation with concern for the rule's potential adverse impacts on our economy, including the potential for disproportionate impacts on small producers. EPA estimates that 46 percent of the affected firms are small businesses.
April 18, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), today urged President Obama to re-nominate NRC Commissioner Kristine Svinicki for another term. Commissioner Svinicki's term ends on June 30, 2012. Upton, Whitfield, and Shimkus made the following statement:
April 18, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today applauded the passage of H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012. The legislation passed with two key provisions from the Energy and Commerce Committee: requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and providing for the safe management and reuse of coal ash. Upton issued the following statement on the bill's passage:
April 18, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce leaders today urged their colleagues in the House of Representatives to join them in supporting legislation that would create a path forward for the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. The House opened debate today on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which includes language authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) taking the pipeline out of the president's hands and requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the permit within 30 days.

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