WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today expressed concern over the administration's decision to proceed with a controversial new rule affecting the power plants that supply electricity to American families and businesses. The utility MACT rule, released today by the Environmental Protection Agency, represents one of several new rules that impose billions of dollars of new costs and complex regulatory requirements on America's power sector and threaten affordable and reliable electricity. EPA estimates the rule will cost $9.6 billion annually.
Committee Leaders Concerned EPA's Utility MACT Rule Will Destroy Jobs, Make Electricity More Expensive, Less ReliableDecember 21, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of House Energy and Commerce Committee members today urged the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to delay expansion of the generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program. The members wrote:
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a House-appointed negotiator on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, this week is discussing efforts to extend payroll tax relief and unemployment benefits, provide certainty for seniors and their doctors, and create jobs.
WASHINGTON, DC - As part of an ongoing effort by the Energy and Commerce Committee to review and improve how the Federal Communications Commission operates, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are requesting an update on the Commission's backlog of petitions, complaints, and license applications.
WASHINGTON, DC - With a vote this afternoon reaffirming their support for the House's Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, members of the U.S. House of Representatives remain in Washington, D.C. waiting on Senate Democrats to return from their early vacation so Congress can pass a year-long extension of expiring payroll tax relief. U.S.
GAO Report on IPCC Spending Underscores Need for More Oversight of U.S. Funding, Better Accounting to CongressDecember 19, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The Government Accountability Office released today the first detailed accounting of the degree of U.S. financial support for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report was initiated in May 2010 at the request of Energy and Commerce Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), who asked GAO to examine the extent to which the IPCC and the U.S. Department of State took to steps to ensure U.S. taxpayer funds were being spent appropriately.