NEWS: Politico "The Fixer: Upton's Oversight Far, Wide"
For months, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has basked in the glory as the chairman with the oversight power to conduct wide-ranging investigations and issue subpoenas. But federal agencies have learned in recent weeks that the chairman who can impose real pain is Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the aw-shucks head of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
In just the first six weeks, Upton's hearings and investigations have been relentless and wide ranging. For starters, they have pursued the more than 900 waivers that the Health and Human Services Department...
OPINION: Tom Corbett in USA Today "Let States Guide Medicaid Reform
Pick up any newspaper across the country, and you'll likely see a headline about the difficult choices facing states as they struggle to balance their budgets.
Unlike the federal government, states are legally required to have balanced budgets. They cannot run a deficit and accumulate massive debt. While this presents a daunting challenge in many state capitals that is non-existent in Washington, it also has made governors into some of the nation's most innovative thinkers when it comes to efficient governing.
Governors have led the way in reforming...
NEWS: Media Outlets Report on Communications and Technology Subcommittee Efforts to Fight Government Takeover of the Internet
NATIONAL JOURNAL: GOP offer resolution to try to block net neutrality rules
As promised, Republicans in both the House and Senate introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at blocking the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules.
In the House, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., offered a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which gives lawmakers a limited amount of time to try to block agency rules like the FCC's net neutrality order from going into effect. An...
OPINION: Investors Business Daily Editorial "Stop EPA's Energy Tax"
Federal Authority: At a contentious hearing on legislation to keep the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, Republicans rightly called global warming a power-grabbing hoax that is all pain for no gain.The assertion came at a Wednesday hearing before the House subcommittee on energy and power on the "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011." The measure is designed to reassert the authority of Congress to levy taxes on the American people and direct public policy -- powers that are being usurped by the unelected bureaucrats...
NEWS: Media Outlets Report on the Introduction of the Energy Tax Prevention Act
FOX NEWS: Energy & Power Subcommittee Vice Chair John Sullivan Talks about GOP Plan to Rein in the EPA ... THE DAILY CALLER: Upton, Whitfield, Inhofe release plan to block EPA Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released his long-awaited draft of legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations on carbon Wednesday evening. Upton was joined by Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, chair of the Energy...
OPINION: Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal "Cap and Trade Returns From the Grave"
By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
Cap and trade is dead. Long live cap and trade.
The president presented his new, conciliatory face to the nation this week, and his State of the Union was as notable for what it didn't include as what it did. He uttered not one word about global warming, a comprehensive climate bill, or his regulatory attempts to reduce carbon. Combined with his decision to give the axe to controversial climate czar Carol Browner, political analysts took all this as further proof that Barack Obama...