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Feb 7, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Statement on Ending the Public Health Emergency, Title 42

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s State of the Union remarks on the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and Title 42:  “The Biden administration has severely mismanaged its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, betraying the American people’s trust in our government health agencies. Unscientific mandates, a total lack of transparency, colluding with Big Tech to censor people, and authoritarian shutdowns have only made resentment and distrust in the government stronger.  “President Biden, despite unequivocally declaring in September 2022 that the COVID-19 pandemic was over, has continued to extend the PHE and has increasingly abused emergency powers under this authority for far too long. Worse, he continued to send misleading and faulty signals to the American people about the risks of COVID-19.  “Further, it is President Biden—and President Biden alone—who will make the disastrous decision to lift the Title 42 Order, letting thousands of migrants to flood across our borders. Despite misleading statements from the administration, the laws governing PHEs and Title 42 are completely separate. President Biden could easily reinstitute the Title 42 protections and keep Americans safe. If he chooses not to protect America’s border, he will own the outcome.”  Note : Last week, the House passed H.R. 382, the Pandemic is Over Act , which would require the President to immediately end the COVID-19 PHE, and H.R. 497, the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act . Seven Democrats joined Republicans to pass H.R. 497.  Shortly before the House brought it forth for consideration, President Biden announced that he would unwind the PHE on May 11, 2023. The President reportedly made the announcement because, “House Democrats were concerned about voting against the Republican legislation to end the public health emergency that is coming to the floor this week without a plan from the Biden administration.” 



Feb 7, 2023
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie Announce Field Hearing to Discuss Public Health Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced a joint field hearing of the Oversight and Investigations and Health subcommittees to discuss the public health crisis caused by the Biden administration’s open border policies. The Chairs released the following statement:   “President Joe Biden’s border crisis is creating a public health crisis. With an influx of migrants entering the U.S., hospital beds and the health care professionals necessary to treat patients—already weakened by the vaccine mandate on health care workers—are stretched thin in border towns. But the crisis also hurts the rest of the nation, as fentanyl and its analogues are flowing across our border. We know that most of these lethal substances are being produced by cartels in Mexico—with precursor ingredients primarily sourced from China—and smuggled into the U.S. This field hearing in Texas will expose the public health crisis at our southern border and ensure action is taken to end the scourge of fentanyl and its analogues in our communities.”    Joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health Hearing Titled: "President Biden's Border Crisis is a Public Health Crisis.”    WHAT : A field hearing to examine the public health crisis at the southern border as well as the flow of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances across our southern border.   DATE : Wednesday, February 15, 2023   TIME : 6:00 PM CST   LOCATION : Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, 301 W Railroad St., Building D, Weslaco, TX 78596   WITNESSES : Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.   This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at Jolie. Brochin@mail.house.go v .



Feb 7, 2023

What Biden Didn’t Mention Tonight: His Record on Censoring Americans

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in response to President Biden failure to address how his administration has colluded with Big Tech companies to censor Americans:   “President Joe Biden and his administration have become the censorship party. They’re actively silencing American voices in order to control the narrative to benefit their political agenda—we have the receipts.  “House Energy and Commerce Republicans have repeatedly condemned these troubling actions carried out by progressive administration officials and their cozy relationships with Big Tech. We are demanding accountability for their coordinated censorship and efforts to intimidate Big Tech to police content online. These actions are an attack on the First Amendment and our fundamental right to free speech. We will not allow this administration to be the arbiters of truth online.” 



Feb 7, 2023
Hearings

Chair Rodgers: “We Need to Put Energy Security Back at the Center of Energy Policy”

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) delivered opening remarks at today’s joint Energy, Climate, & Grid Security Subcommittee and Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials Subcommittee legislative hearing titled: “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.” Excerpts and highlights below: ENSURING RELIABLE, SECURE, AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY “Our goal on Energy and Commerce is to ensure reliable, secure, and affordable energy is available to power homes and businesses across the country. “America has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources. We should be working towards developing a predictable regulatory landscape across the board that inspires innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological leadership, hydropower, nuclear, fossil energies, wind, solar, and batteries. “We need all of them in order to secure a stronger, more prosperous America, reduce costs and emissions, address climate issues, and create more robust and resilient communities. “Rush-to-green energy policies—both state and federal—have curtailed reliable energy and infrastructure, resulting in everything from blackouts to spiking prices. “We’ve seen the devastating impacts these policies have had on people in Europe where forced government ‘transition’ away from reliable energy sources resulted in more dependence on Russia. “These policies are unsustainable and lead to greater reliance on countries like Russia, or in our case, China. “If we cede our energy leadership to countries like Russia and China, they will always leverage that influence to advance their own authoritarian agenda. “This is not a future any of us want.” SOLUTIONS FOR ENERGY SECURITY “The best way to address future risks, whether they be climate change or global price shocks, is with a strong economy and a more secure, abundant energy supply here at home. “We need to put energy security back at the center of energy policy. “The solutions we’re discussing today reflect key steps to return from the path of shortages and high prices, to a path of prosperity. “We have several bills that will help unlock American natural gas and its delivery systems. “Providing reliable, affordable, and clean natural gas is essential for heating our homes and businesses, and for strengthening America’s global standing all while continuing to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions. “These solutions build on the lessons of the shale revolution, which proved energy expansion can bring unprecedented prosperity and energy security, while also helping to drive down American emissions. “We also need to restore America’s leadership in clean, nuclear energy. “I am leading on a bill that aims to eliminate our reliance—which is currently about 24%—on Russian nuclear fuels for our nuclear reactors. “Expanding our leadership in developing and expanding nuclear energy is going to be one of our top priorities this Congress and addressing our reliance on Russian fuel is just the beginning.” LIFTING AMERICA’S REGULATORY BURDEN “To unleash American energy, we also need a regulatory environment that doesn’t hamper industry. “Several measures improve regulatory flexibility to assist with the reshoring of industries that manufacture and process critical energy materials. “These bills strengthen existing regulations and provide new authorities to enable the EPA and states—working together—to permit new and expand existing manufacturing. “Manufacturing that is key for strengthening our energy security, national security, and ending our reliance on China. “It’s also a necessary step as we incorporate technologies like electric vehicles and renewables into our energy mix. “Additionally, we will consider bills that make sure the EPA focuses on its core mission, which does not include forcing a transition to more expensive, less reliable energy sources and systems. “Many of these issues have been bipartisan in the past—I hope we can continue to come together. “This hearing is an opportunity to provide feedback as we work through regular order. “I should note that it is disappointing representatives from the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency declined to appear. “Appearing before the Committee is an important part of their obligation to Congress and we expect them to fulfill it. “In closing, I look forward to our discussion today on how this committee can improve American energy leadership, security, and people’s lives. “It’s time to get to work.”



Feb 7, 2023
Markups

Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis Opening Remarks on Legislation to Protect our Data and Counter China

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) delivered opening remarks at today’s subcommittee markup on five bills. Excerpts and highlights below: BEATING CHINA “Welcome to the first Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee markup of the 118th Congress. “It is fitting to follow up from last week’s subcommittee hearing on competitiveness versus China by bringing real solutions. “As I said last week, the American people are the most innovative in the world, but American innovation to build the future of tomorrow means nothing if our government creates barriers and red tape that stand in the way. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to prop up its private sector by throwing money at it. “America must not give in to the temptation to follow suit, but instead look at the reasons why our companies leave our shores. “Authorizing billions of dollars in government spending is not a silver bullet for the challenges our country faces. “We must analyze and tackle the root causes of our challenges.” BIPARTISAN BILLS TO COUNTER CHINA “So today we will pass H.R. 813, the Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 2023, a historically bipartisan bill that will help us understand what barriers stand in the way of increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) from our friendly nations. “I say ‘friendly,’ because importantly, Mr. Pence included language to ensure China cannot meddle with America’s innovative private sector. “Research has shown there is a close relationship between higher inbound FDI and fostering more start-up companies. “Higher inbound FDI to the United States also encourages companies that are feeling the pressure for a return on investment to remain here at home, which is essential to securing America’s supply chains. “I want to thank Mr. Pence for his continued leadership on this legislation and for being a true ally for American innovation. “We will also advance legislation to provide greater transparency to the American people about how China may be tracking them. “We learned last week that China will stop at nothing to undermine our country – and it begins with collecting information about and the American people and our constituents. “We saw live coverage as the CCP deployed a spy balloon that traveled across the country and was not shot down until it had traveled our coasts from the Pacific to the Atlantic. “What they had collected and transferred back to their country is still a mystery. And our constituents’ anxiety is certainly understandable.” CHINA THREATENS AMERICAN DATA SECURITY “But let’s also remember that the threats we face today are not only at 60,000 feet but are also in the palms of our hands. “While TikTok remains in the app stores for the average American to download, we have been prohibited from downloading it onto our work devices. “I want to thank my colleagues from Florida, Reps. Cammack and Soto, for introducing the CAUTION Act, which requires anyone who sells or distributes a mobile application that is banned on federal government devices to notify any individual prior to downloading or uploading the application of such ban. “If you visit my home state, you will likely encounter signage warning you of alligators in the area. What you do with that knowledge is certainly up to you. But the advisory is warranted given the risk. “The CAUTION Act takes a similar approach through an advisory label to users about the risks of downloading a government-banned app. “And while TikTok deserves our scrutiny, there are many applications or websites that may have associations with or located in China. “Therefore, the Subcommittee will also be moving forward H.R. 784 the Internet Application I.D. Act from Reps. Fulcher and Pappas, and H.R. 742, the TELL Act from Reps. Duncan and Kaptur. “While many of these apps or websites may not pose any danger, Americans deserve to know if they have connections to the CCP. “They also deserve to be informed if use of the platform will enable the CCP to access sensitive user data. “These are bills which have been championed by lawmakers for several years now, and in the light of our Committee’s emphasis on the dangers stemming from Chinese aggression, I’m glad we will further examine them today. “I’m also proud to see these proposals supplement the already strong provisions in our data privacy legislation. “The clock continues to tick in the race to win the future against the CCP’s oppressive regime.”



Chairs Rodgers & Duncan Announce Texas Field Hearing on Biden’s Energy Crisis

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) today announced a field hearing to address the damage of President Biden shutting down American energy.   “Americans are currently struggling to afford some of the highest energy prices in decades. Rush-to-green policies have led to skyrocketing prices across the board—from electricity and oil to natural gas. This is not a path we can afford to continue down. Instead, it’s time to flip the switch and unleash American energy, one of our greatest economic and strategic assets. That starts by expanding domestic production, ensuring pipelines and other key infrastructure can be built, encouraging innovation, and reducing our reliance on foreign adversaries. We look forward to this field hearing in Midland, Texas, to discuss ways to expand energy production and restore American energy dominance.”  Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security hearing titled: “ American Energy Expansion: Improving Local Economies and Communities’ Way of Life .”   WHAT: A field hearing to address the impacts of President Biden shutting down American energy.  DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2023    TIME: 10:30 AM CT  LOCATION: Bush Convention Center, 105 N Main St. Midland, TX 79701  WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.   This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press, and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson with the Committee staff at Kaitlyn.Peterson@mail.house.gov



Feb 7, 2023
Markups

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Markup

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) delivered opening remarks at today’s Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee markup of five pieces of legislation. Excerpts and highlights below:  PROMOTING AND PROTECTING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP   “The bills we’re considering today encompass this subcommittee’s mission—promoting and protecting American leadership and beating China. “It’s no secret the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to replace the U.S. as a global economic and technological power.  “The surveillance balloon looming above our heads last week was a clear reminder that Chinese Communist Party does not seek to build trust with us.  “This is a regime that suppresses free speech, surveils its own citizens to control them, and commits countless human rights abuses.  “We must ensure the technologies of tomorrow are developed in an ecosystem that promotes America’s values and protects American data from CCP's malicious behaviors.”   MAKING AMERICA COMPETITIVE AGAIN   “This committee plays a vital role in advancing American competitiveness and global technological leadership.   “Together we can lead on this subcommittee to ensure that America—not China—is determining our economic future.   “I appreciate Mr. Pence for picking up the torch on the Foreign Direct Investment legislation I sponsored in the 116th Congress.  “If this country is going to lead, we need it to be the best place for businesses to set up shop.  “That means removing obstacles, whether they’re regulations, taxes, workforce, or all the above.  “FDI is crucial for the United States. It creates more jobs here, strengthens our supply chains, and improves our international stature.  “There’s a reason that companies can’t succeed here in America.   “Throwing money into government programs without identifying the root cause of failure is no path to economic prosperity.   “I appreciate that Mr. Pence has clarified the legislation and ensured China won’t to be the source of that FDI.”  PROTECTING OUR DATA FROM CHINA “Several of our bills today would strengthen data protections, an issue that united us last year because it’s a top priority for the American people.  “I want to say up front that the bills from Reps. Duncan, Cammack, and Fulcher in no way serve as a substitute for our next steps to enact a comprehensive privacy and data security protections.  “These bills are complementary to the strong protections against China that were included in ADPPA. "Mr. Duncan has rightly identified that, no matter how much we do to secure our networks, out data still travels around the world. “The American people deserve to know when that occurs, especially given the control countries like China have over companies in their country—and the data they collect.   “Legislation from Ms. Cammack with Mr. Soto proposes a straightforward step to address TikTok.   “Their proposal would require a warning for users before downloading the app which will make it clear to everyone that the Federal government has already deemed it not fit for government mobile devices.   “Mr. Fulcher with Mr. Pappas have a bill that will shine a light on other apps, aside from TikTok, that originate in China.”  SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY   “This is just the start of solutions we consider on this subcommittee in the next two years that address both domestic and foreign companies with ties to adversaries like China.   “Republicans spent considerable time at the beginning of the last Congress to develop legislation that protects and promote our supply chains.  “Unfortunately, the former Speaker’s office intervened, and it devolved into the partisan language that couldn’t even survive USICA.  “Securing American technological and economic leadership is a bipartisan goal.  “As we move these bills through regular order, I look forward to collaborating with members on both sides to protect Americans’ data, secure our supply chains, and ensure American innovation and entrepreneurship is leading to anchor the technologies of tomorrow here in the U.S.” 



Feb 7, 2023
Hearings

Environment Subcommittee Chair Johnson Opening Remarks: “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.”

Washington, D.C. — Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s joint Energy, Climate, & Grid Security Subcommittee and Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials Subcommittee legislative hearing titled “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.” Excerpts and highlights below: THE IMPORTANCE OF AFFORDABLE AMERICAN ENERGY “My constituents back home in Ohio know firsthand the importance of affordable, American energy, and that abundant, affordable energy is vital to economic growth and is a key factor in ensuring our national security. “Last week, we heard about some of the domestic problems we face in meeting this challenge. “Today, we’ll discuss thoughtfully removing some of the red tape and delays that can prevent constructing new critical energy projects, keep capital on the sidelines, and kill innovation dead in its tracks. “I’m eager to get going on proposals to streamline the process for building essential energy projects in America. “Producing more American energy will help reduce global emissions, improve energy reliability, and lower costs for American consumers.” BIDEN’S WAR ON AFFORDABLE & RELIABLE ENERGY “President Biden’s war on affordable and reliable energy – and the problems that war creates – is not limited to killing the use of oil, natural gas, and coal. “His administration’s policies are blocking progress on the President’s own stated goal to develop domestic resources essential for the very energy alternatives he prefers – such as wind, solar, and batteries. “For example, the supply of minerals necessary to build these alternative energy sources is insufficient to meet some of this Administration’s climate goals, including a ‘carbon-free power sector by 2035’ and ensuring widespread use of ‘zero-emissions vehicles.’ “In addition, many of these critical minerals – and the refining and processing capacity for them – is controlled by adversaries like China and Russia. “We cannot stake our future on certain technologies that then rely upon our enemies for the minerals and mineral processing needs to develop them. “This Administration must stop promising utopia while prohibiting our own mineral production, like cancelling leases for new nickel and copper mines in Minnesota, blocking a new lithium mine in Nevada, and rescinding a land swap necessary for a copper mine in Arizona. “Fortunately, the legislation we’re considering today would reorient the law to reestablish America’s energy dominance without weakening America’s global leadership in advancing our high environmental and labor standards.” E&C REPUBLICANS LEADING WITH SOLUTIONS “So, today: we’ll consider a bill amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require EPA to review and make timely decisions on the manufacturing of a new chemical or a new use of an existing chemical that is a critical energy resource. “This bill still emphasizes risk protection but will prevent the marketplace from waiting an excessive amount of time for critical materials needed to meet our emissions, climate, and energy expectations. “We’ll also review legislation directing the EPA Administrator to allow more regulatory flexibility in enforcing air quality permits for critical energy resource facilities, like processing and refining facilities. “Another measure amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to allow for critical energy resources engaged in mineral processing to receive interim permit status for the treatment, storage, or disposal of their waste – a permit EPA must still review. “There’s also a bill which authorizes EPA, only during national security and energy security emergencies, to waive certain regulations necessary for processing or refining of critical energy resources. “Additionally, we’ll look at legislation preventing EPA from imposing expensive design analysis requirements on already constructed gasoline refineries, which would elevate the EPA’s view of what makes sense above what industry experts and best practices prove makes sense. “Staying on refineries, we’ll examine a bill to have the Department of Energy and the National Petroleum Council assess and report on the importance of petrochemical refineries in the United States, including a review of opportunities to expand capacity of such facilities, risks to such facilities, and an assessment of Federal and State regulations or policies that have contributed to a decline in the capacity of such facilities. “Finally, we’ll review a bill repealing the wasteful Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which was established in the Inflation Reduction Act. “So, as you can see, a lot of work needs to be done to establish an energy strategy that encourages innovation, drives investment, and benefits our economic and national security, while we remain good stewards of our environment. “I also note that we’re moving these bills through regular order so that we can gather feedback, including constructive criticism. “Several of the bills are in discussion draft form for this very reason. “Chairs Rodgers, Duncan, and I welcome input on these bills. It’s good to be back to legislating with regular order. “I believe the new Republican majority on the Energy and Commerce Committee is leading with solutions to our nation’s energy and critical resource challenges.”



Feb 7, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Statement on the Fentanyl Crisis

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s State of the Union remarks on the fentanyl crisis: “Fueled by the President’s failure to secure our southern border, the illicit fentanyl crisis is tearing apart families across America. In 2021, synthetic opioids—like fentanyl and its analogues—were the leading cause of death for adults aged 18-49. Yet, the Biden administration has refused House Republicans’ efforts to keep these deadly substances out of our communities.  “Energy and Commerce Republicans have heard from countless families, like Deb and Ray Cullen and Molly Cain, whose 23-year-old sons, Zachary and Carson, were poisoned by drug dealers with illicit fentanyl. For families like the Cullens and the Cains, the Biden administration must work with us to bring those who traffic and sell these lethal substances to justice.   “President Biden has previously said he supports a toothless ban on fentanyl-related-substances that would fail to stop dealers and criminals. It is past time that he support the HALT Fentanyl Ac t , led by Reps. Griffith and Latta, to stop new fentanyl analogues from being created and bring to justice those responsible for their spread.   “We cannot let this scourge of poison continue to proliferate in America.”  Note : Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Bob Latta (R-OH) have introduced the Halt All Lethal Trafficking of (HALT) Fentanyl Act , which would permanently place fentanyl analogues in the Schedule I category, as well as grant researchers the ability to conduct studies more easily on these Schedule I substances.  Democrats blocked the effort on the House Floor in the 117th Congress.