WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency today announced its new proposal to tighten national standards for fine particulate matter. EPA has proposed revisions to lower the annual standard from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to a new standard of 12 to 13 micrograms per cubic meter, and to make certain other revisions to the current standards.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced its hearing and vote schedule for the week of June 18. The full committee will vote on several pieces of legislation that will support the nation’s manufacturing sector, remove outdated regulations and red-tape, maintain grid reliability, and protect the Internet. Finally, the committee will vote on its third Semi-Annual Committee Activity Report to the House.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today the State Department published in the Federal Register the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental EIS (SEIS) for the second Keystone XL Presidential Permit application. The SEIS will supplement the State Department’s FIES issued last August, which found the pipeline will have limited adverse environmental impacts.
WASHINGTON, DC - Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced two upcoming hearings that continue the focus on key subcommittee priorities. In the coming weeks, the panel will meet to discuss the future of video and to continue its oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.
Energy and Commerce Staff Changes: Senior Adviser Preparing for New Opportunity, Committee Aides Named to Fill Key PositionsJune 13, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today announced that Michael Beckerman, the panel’s Deputy Staff Director and a longtime Upton adviser since 2001, will depart the committee at the end of June. Beckerman joined the committee as Deputy Staff Director with the opening of the 112th Congress; prior to that, he served as Upton’s Policy Director since 2007, with a tenure on Capitol Hill that spans more than 12 years. Beckerman has been tapped to create a new Internet project based in D.C.
The National Governors Association this week released a report, “The Fiscal Survey of States,” that provides an update on the challenges currently facing the state-based Medicaid program. The report coincides with new information on the National Health Expenditures data that revealed the problem will only worsen under Obamacare. According to NGA’s report: