WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today approved five bills that repeal the Health and Human Services Secretary's unlimited tap on Treasury to fund state exchange grants, eliminate unaccountable slush funds, and restore Congress' oversight by replacing some direct mandatory spending and subjecting it to the annual appropriations process.
Health Subcommittee Passes Five Bills to Eliminate Slush Fund, Limit HHS' Unprecedented Power and Restore Congress' Fiduciary DutyMarch 31, 2011 | Press Release
In his speech Wednesday on U.S. energy independence, President Obama finally acknowledged that Canada might be a valuable source of oil, stating, "And when it comes to oil we import from other nations, we can partner with neighbors like Canada, Mexico, and Brazil"
During the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing today, Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chief Actuary Rick Foster provided insight into the true cost of the health care law, including the effects on private policies, the federal deficit, and medical devices. Health Care Law Increases Cost for Privately Insured
During remarks this morning at Georgetown University, President Obama proclaimed, "Right now, the industry holds tens of millions of acres of leases where it's not producing a drop - sitting on supplies of American energy just waiting to be tapped. That's why part of our plan is to provide new and better incentives that promote rapid, responsible development of these resources."
Previewing the President's Energy Speech: Department of Interior Scapegoats U.S. Job Creators for Failed Energy PoliciesMarch 30, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of President Obama's speech today on U.S. energy policy, his Department of Interior has issued a new report chiding U.S. oil and gas companies for our lack of domestic production. The report attempts to blame U.S. companies and job creators for undeveloped leases while stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the administration's role in the stalled development of our nation's energy supplies. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) made the following statement regarding the Interior Department's analysis:
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to 51 medical associations requesting feedback on how to improve the Medicare physician payment system. Congress passed five temporary "fixes" to prevent a major physician payment reduction in 2010, which would limit Medicare patients' access to care. Without further action, physicians will experience a 29 percent cut in 2012. The committee requested ideas be submitted before it convenes a hearing in early May.