Press Releases

December 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.
December 15, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -Bipartisan members of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce today introduced a bill to promote the expanded development and use of hydropower. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) co-authored H.R. 3680, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2011, to help facilitate and advance hydropower projects across the country.
December 14, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In an ongoing effort to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in federal programs, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today requested an update on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare oversight. 
December 13, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today expressed disbelief and concern with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko's apparent coordinated efforts with lawmakers to malign the independent agency's four commissioners.
December 13, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee continue to raise concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's pending Utility MACT rule. Recent analyses conclude this new rule, together with other EPA pending or recently finalized power sector rules, will threaten the reliability of the nation's electric grid and increase electricity prices. Although these concerns have not been fully reviewed and adequately addressed by EPA, a final rule is expected in the coming days.
December 13, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today urged support for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, citing its ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs during a time of record unemployment. "The same day we are voting to extend unemployment benefits, we are actually doing something about jobs for the people that are unemployed," said Upton. To view Upton's full remarks, click here.