Press Releases

May 5, 2011 | Press Release
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:
May 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.
May 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.  
May 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.
May 3, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to bipartisan requests from governors across the nation, leaders in the House and Senate today introduced the State Flexibility Act. The bill repeals the Medicaid Maintenance of Effort requirements first imposed in the stimulus and eventually incorporated into the health care law; these rules prevent governors from improving verification measures and better targeting their investments to serve those individuals most in need.
May 2, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Leading voices on health reform from the House and Senate will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Radio-TV gallery.  Members will unveil legislation to repeal the health care law's Medicaid Maintenance of Effort requirements, which prevent states from targeting health care services to those most in need and limit governors' ability to root out program waste, fraud, and abuse. Governors from both parties have called for greater Medicaid flexibility in order to innovate and better target health care spending.