WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, issued the following statement on congressional efforts to reduce the deficit and create jobs:
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week the president made headlines when he opted out of a jobs plan to put thousands of Americans back to work at zero-cost to taxpayers. With over a hundred thousand jobs on the line, the president refused to approve the Presidential Permit needed to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, punting a final decision and telling workers they would have to wait, if the jobs are ever created at all. The labor unions representing workers who stand to benefit from the pipeline are outraged over the administration's decision to put politics over jobs.
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hears from Energy Secretary Chu in Ongoing Solyndra InvestigationNovember 17, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today held a hearing with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the failed Solyndra loan guarantee. Members questioned the review and approval of the $535 million loan guarantee, specifically pressing the Secretary to explain why the administration ignored the clear warning signs that accurately predicted the deal was a bad bet for taxpayers.
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Increase Transparency and Efficiency at FCCNovember 16, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today approved the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 3309) by a vote of 14 to 9, and the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2011 (H.R. 3310) by voice vote. These bills improve the way the FCC operates by increasing transparency, predictability, and consistency as part of Republicans' ongoing effort to ensure the commission's work encourages job creation, investment, and innovation.
**NOTE TIME CHANGE: Hearing Now Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET**
Upton Welcomes GAO Recommendations for Enhanced Planning and Collaboration in Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research & DevelopmentNovember 16, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today welcomed recommendations in a new GAO report regarding the Department of Energy's nuclear fuel cycle research and development efforts. Upton requested the report with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and former Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA). GAO's review found that DOE should enhance its planning and its collaboration with industry and other countries in pursing such research and development.