H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Dianna DeGette (D-CO), will help facilitate the development of new hydropower projects across the country by reducing regulatory red tape and streamlining the permitting process. Continuing its efforts under the American Energy Initiative, the House approved this bill unanimously on July 9, 2012.
WASHINGTON, DC - In the ongoing effort to fight Medicare fraud, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are seeking the annual data collected on fraud investigations and an explanation of procedures employed by three top contractors hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Energy and Commerce and Ag Committee Leaders Seek Answers from Obama EPA on Availability of Crop Fumigant for American FarmersJuly 6, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Agriculture today wrote to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the agency’s current plans for ensuring the continued availability of the crop fumigant methyl bromide in the United States, and expressed concerns about the effect of
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced its hearing schedule for the week of July 9. The committee will hold six hearings that assess a wide range of issues, including an examination of alternative fuels, legislation to help veterans transition to EMT jobs, and oversight of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulatory process and its impact on taxpayers and job creation.
Excerpt: We are concerned that shortages of methyl bromide and viable methyl bromide alternatives will have a potentially devastating impact on growers in California, Florida, the southeastern United States, and other parts of the country, who have been attempting to transition to alternatives to methyl bromide. If this issue is not addressed, it will result in the offshoring of significant crop production to other countries, resulting in economic and job losses in the United States.
Excerpt: Further, data provided by CMS to the Committee raises concerns about the adequacy of these contractors in identifying fraudulent payments. We seek further information to better understand the performance of these contractors and ways to improve the performance.