Contrary to the president's pledge to reduce government waste and make processes more efficient, the administration has announced plans for a new working group to study hydraulic fracturing, the process that has been used safely for over 60 years to extract natural gas from beneath the ground.
Administration's Inefficiencies Exposed: Plans for Yet Another Study on Fracking Wastes Federal Funds on DuplicativeMay 5, 2011 | Press Release
Job Destruction in Action: Obama EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations Used to Shrink then Stall New Plant that Promised Job CreationMay 5, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation to stop the politically appointed leaders of the EPA from unilaterally imposing costly and complex greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. Members of Congress from both parties stood up to the EPA because these controversial regulations threaten to destroy jobs and further increase the price at the pump.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) praised today's House passage of the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, H.R. 1230, legislation requiring the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and gas lease sales that have been stymied by the Obama Administration. Chairman Upton made the following statement on the House Floor in support of increasing domestic energy production:
Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Hold EPA Accountable for Impacts of New Rules on Energy Prices and Job GrowthMay 4, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, bipartisan leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee formally introduced the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011" (the "TRAIN Act"). This bill, H.R. 1705, would require an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative impacts of certain rules issued by the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency.
Energy and Commerce Committee Members Question NRC Commissioners on Fate of Yucca Mountain Nuclear RepositoryMay 4, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko and three other NRC commissioners appeared before Congress today at a joint hearing hosted by House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Environment and the Economy and Energy and Power. Listening to the Commissioners' testimony, it became apparent that Chairman Jazcko has attempted to circumvent the collegial structure of the Commission and prevent other Commissioners' voices from being heard on key policy matters including license review for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
House Approves Upton Bill to Repeal Unlimited State-Exchange Slush Fund Saving Taxpayers $14.4 BillionMay 3, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) released the following statement after the House approved H.R. 1213, a bill he authored to repeal the unlimited spending power created under the health care law to provide grants to states for various activities related to health insurance exchanges. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will reduce the deficit by $14.4 billion.