WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today approved the bipartisan Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, H.R. 452, to repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB was created by the health care law and has drawn widespread bipartisan opposition because it threatens to reduce seniors' access to treatments and services in Medicare.
WASHINGTON, DC - Continuing a troubling recent trend of power plant closures, leading power producer GenOn announced today it would shutter 13 percent of its generating capacity by 2015 due to new environmental regulations. The company stated it would close eight coal-fired power plants located in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, "because forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient."
WASHINGTON, DC - Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today appointed members of the subcommittee to serve on a bipartisan Communications and Technology Cybersecurity Working Group to examine the current landscape and lay the foundation for the subcommittee's efforts to address cybersecurity.
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today continued its hearing series examining current cyber threats and vulnerabilities to our nation's infrastructure.
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today requested additional information regarding the interference dispute between LightSquared and GPS and the actions taken by federal agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, in approving LightSquared's terrestrial network without better addressing potentially serious interference concerns. As the committee with jurisdiction over federal communications policy, committee members have been monitoring the progress of the proposed deployment of the broadband network.
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), held a hearing with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson today to discuss the agency's FY 2013 budget request.