#WeCantWait On July 26, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to require President Barack Obama to make a final decision on the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. It may seem unusual for Congress to have to publicly vote on a bill that simply asks the president to do his job; unfortunately, such action is warranted as the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline continues to languish and workers continue to wait for the Obama administration to make a decision.
Keystone Kops: Will Obama Administration EVER Make a Decision on Major Job-Creation, Energy-Security Project?October 26, 2011 | Press Release
Committee Continues Long Overdue Oversight of Federal Spending - Seeks Answers on $2 Trillion in Unspent FundingOctober 25, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In the ongoing effort to conduct oversight of federal spending, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its examination of four government agencies and their efforts to implement the president's pledge to conduct a "page by page, line by line" review of the federal budget to cut obsolete programs and eliminate wasteful or unnecessary spending.
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), held a hearing to discuss legislation to provide much-needed regulatory certainty to rural America. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, will prevent EPA from changing its current standard for coarse particulate matter, commonly referred to as dust, for one year from enactment.
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to Jensen Farms to request a staff briefing on the recent outbreak of Listeria that originated in cantaloupe at the farm in Granada, Colorado.
Energy and Commerce Leaders Welcome Bipartisan Senate Bill to Protect Jobs, Ensure Safe Reuse and Disposal of Coal AshOctober 21, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Key members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today praised a bipartisan proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate to establish a framework for the safe management and disposal of coal combustion residuals. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) applauded the introduced Senate bill, which aligns with H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which passed the House last week.
Washington, D.C. - Members of the Bicameral Repeal CLASS Working Group sent a letter October 20 to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius reiterating earlier questions about her knowledge of the flawed financial structure of the controversial Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, which was created in Presid