WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, today announced that Mike Bloomquist has been named General Counsel for the committee. Bloomquist succeeds Jim Barnette, who has served as General Counsel under four GOP chairmen during his time on the Energy and Commerce Committee staff. Currently the committee's Deputy General Counsel, Bloomquist also served as General Counsel to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today urged the Senate to follow the House's action and repeal the CLASS Act after the House approved the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act, H.R. 1173, with a bipartisan vote of 267 to 159.
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) outlined a 2012 agenda that focuses on job creation and medical innovation, with Congress continuing to dismantle a broken and unpopular law and creating in its place the framework for a health care system that puts patients first. The agenda includes: Prioritizing Patients, Protecting Jobs, and Promoting Innovation
"(Q)uestions will be asked as to why the Administration made a bad investment not just once but twice"
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are seeking collaboration from former Treasury official Herbert Allison as he concludes his 60-day review of DOE's 1705 loan guarantee program. Two out of the first three loan guarantee recipients, Solyndra and Beacon Power, have filed for bankruptcy, leaving taxpayers on the hook for over half a billion dollars.
WASHINGTON, DC - Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) sent a letter to Google requesting a briefing on the company's recently announced privacy changes. Members have concerns over how the changes will impact Google's users, specifically users' ability to opt out of information sharing and data collection.