WASHINGTON, DC –The Government Accountability Office today released a report on the collection and analysis of anthrax samples, which revealed implementation issues. The anthrax attacks in 2001 highlighted the federal government’s inadequate preparedness to respond to an intentional release. In 2005, the GAO found that the federal agencies did not use sampling methods that could be relied upon in knowing whether a building was safe from anthrax contamination after a low-level attack, such as the ones in 2001.
GAO Report on Anthrax Detection: More Work to Be Done to Reach Consensus on Anthrax Validation MethodsSeptember 11, 2012 | Press Release
Health Subcommittee Approves Bills to Prevent Job Loss, Advance Research and Treatment of Rare Diseases, and Protect TaxpayersSeptember 11, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today approved six pieces of legislation that achieve a number of important goals of the committee, including to prevent job loss due to Obamacare, advance research and treatment of rare diseases, assist returning veterans transition into civilian service, and protect taxpayers.
WASHINGTON, DC – On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing today to review progress of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program in helping facilities implement security plans to protect against terrorists threats. The tragic events of September 11, 2001, prompted Congress to make securing our nation’s chemical facilities a homeland security priority and spurred the creation of the CFATS program.
On September 8, 2011, just two days after Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, the FBI raided the solar manufacturer’s Fremont, California facility. The raid occurred nearly two years to the day following the administration’s rushed decision to grant Solyndra a $535 million taxpayer backed loan guarantee.
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Energy and Commerce today announced its hearing and vote schedule for the week of September 10. Next week’s robust hearing schedule will focus on a number of the committee’s hallmark issues, including protecting taxpayer dollars, North American energy independence, encouraging economic growth, and removing regulatory barriers to job creation.
WASHINGTON, DC – It was announced today that the House of Representatives will vote on the “No More Solyndras Act,” H.R. 6213, next Friday, September 14, 2012. The “No More Solyndras Act” is a product of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s extensive investigation into the Department of Energy’s $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the California solar panel manufacturer that ultimately went bankrupt last September.