Press Releases

October 3, 2012 | Press Release
President Obama issued a presidential proclamation this week declaring October 2012 “National Energy Action Month.” He stated, “I call upon the citizens of the United States to recognize this month by working together to achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children.” But despite the president’s promise for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, the president’s proclamation only heightens awareness of his admin
September 28, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the Department of Health and Human Services to explain waste and what appears to be inadequate or non-existent oversight of the open-ended federal checks awarded to states to establish health care exchanges through the president's health care law. More than $1 billion has been awarded to date and revelations of questionable expenses, such as a public relations contract in California to promote the health care exchanges on primetime network television shows, continue to surface.
September 28, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking on spectrum incentive auctions. The spectrum auctions, which will generate revenues, spur investment and innovation, create jobs, and support first responders, were part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 that originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman Walden’s Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act.
September 26, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced two departures and one promotion to the committee staff. Upton announced that Todd Harrison, Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Michael Gruber, Senior Policy Adviser, will be departing the committee at the end of the month. Harrison, a former state and federal prosecutor, will return to private practice in New York, a career he put on hold in order to establish the committee’s oversight operations in January 2011.
September 21, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today pushed back on claims that the $716 billion in Obamacare Medicare cuts are being used to fund new entitlement programs in the president’s health care law. The president’s statement seems to be at odds with testimony given by his own HHS Secretary before the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee in 2011.  
September 21, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – In the ongoing effort to protect jobs and affordable energy, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act. The legislative package passed the full House with bipartisan support by a vote of 233 to 175. This important jobs and energy package, sponsored by Rep.