Press Releases

November 30, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today approved H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011, which repeals the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program, by a vote of 33 to 17. On October 14, 2011, the Obama administration halted implementation of CLASS, a controversial long-term entitlement program included in President Obama's health care law. However, despite the administration's admission that the program is unworkable, the program remains on the books.
November 29, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Federal regulators charged with ensuring the reliability of the nation's electric grid are meeting this week to discuss the potential consequences of a slew of new EPA regulations. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is hosting the technical conference in response to concerns that new EPA rules will threaten electric reliability and increase electricity prices.
November 29, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today unveiled the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011. The JOBS Act will advance wireless broadband service, spur billions of dollars in private investment, create thousands of jobs, help bring interoperable broadband communications to public safety officials, and reduce the deficit by approximately $15 billion.
November 28, 2011 | Press Release
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.
November 23, 2011 | Press Release
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.
November 23, 2011 | Press Release
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.

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