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Chair Rodgers Speaks on House Floor to Advance American Nuclear Energy Leadership

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 6544, the Atomic Energy Advancement Act . The bipartisan legislation, led by Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), will encourage and support advancements in nuclear energy by modernizing and improving the current processes at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  “I urge support of the Atomic Energy Advancement Act.” “I rise in strong support of this legislation, H.R. 6544, the ‘Atomic Energy Advancement Act.’  “We have worked very hard, and most agree that a robust and growing nuclear industry is critical for reducing emissions, providing reliable, affordable, clean energy to Americans.  “Nuclear energy can help us build durable economic and strategic relationships around the world, especially as the influence of China and Russia in this industry grows.    “We know our allies are eager for American leadership and technology, and our nuclear industry is ready to lead.   “The Energy and Commerce Committee has a rich history of plowing the hard ground necessary to legislate and coming together on solutions that improve people’s lives and make our country stronger and prosperous.  “H.R. 6544 continues that leadership, and I’m grateful for the leadership of the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Jeff Duncan, as well as the Ranking Member, Diana DeGette, and the Ranking Member of the Full Committee, Frank Pallone, for working together so we can move this legislation forward and help maintain a robust and growing nuclear industry, which is vital to delivering reliable, affordable, and clean energy to all Americans.    “This much needed modernization of our regulatory framework will restore America’s nuclear dominance, encourage innovation, enable industry to deploy safe, reliable nuclear energy, and usher in a new era of U.S. energy leadership.



Feb 16, 2024
Blog

E&C Republicans Lead Bipartisan Passage of Bill to Reverse President Biden’s LNG Export Ban

This week, the House passed H.R. 7176, the Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act, to reverse President Biden’s U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban. Unleashing American LNG will lower energy costs, advance U.S. energy security and the security of our allies, as well as reduce emissions. The bill, led by Energy and Commerce Member Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX), passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 224 to 200. As Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said , “President Biden’s decision to impose a ban on issuing permits to export natural gas is just the latest example of his administration caving to environmental activists and putting politics over the American people. This ban will harm the American economy, jeopardize good paying jobs, weaken our energy security, and threaten the security of our friends and allies.” Rep. Pfluger added , “President Biden’s ban on LNG is radically short-sighted when it comes to the environmental risk. Clean natural gas is a major reason why the U.S. has reduced emissions more than any other nation.” Don't miss this from Fox Business:



Feb 15, 2024
Press Release

Chair Rodgers on the House Floor: We Must Reverse President Biden’s LNG Export Ban

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor during debate of H.R. 7176, the Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024 . The legislation, led by Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX), will reverse President Biden’s liquified natural gas (LNG) export ban and unleash American LNG to lower energy costs, advance U.S. energy security and the security of our allies, as well as reduce emissions.  “I rise today in support of H.R. 7176, the ‘Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024,’ introduced by my friend Representative August Pfluger. “President Biden’s decision to impose a ban on issuing permits to export natural gas is just the latest example of his administration caving to environmentalist activists and putting politics over the American people.   “This ban will harm the American economy, jeopardize good paying jobs, weaken our energy security, and it threatens the security of our friends and allies. “America has become the number one producer and exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world.  “This has strengthened our economy, reduced costs for the American people, and enabled the United States to lead in reducing emissions more than any other nation, both here at home and abroad. “American LNG has been a lifeline, especially our European allies, since Russia invaded Ukraine. “Since the invasion, American LNG has helped them reduce their natural gas prices by over 83% and reduce their dependence on Russia.  “President Biden’s ban sends a signal to our allies that we’re no longer a dependable energy partner. “This is unacceptable. “H.R. 7176 will immediately reverse the President’s decision, allowing the U.S. to export more and encouraging domestic production here at home, which will then reduce American energy supply vulnerabilities. “This will reduce American energy supply vulnerabilities and encourage investments in other industries, like manufacturing. “Some estimate that LNG exports could add as much as $73 billion to our economy and more than 450,000 American jobs by 2040. “LNG is vital to America’s energy leadership, our security, and our future.  “I urge my colleagues to support this bill.”  READ MORE:  Biden’s LNG Export Ban is Based on Politics, Not Science   Myth vs. Fact: Biden's LNG Export Ban   E&C Republicans: President Biden's LNG Export Ban is Reckless and Politically Motivated   More than 150 House Republicans Demand Biden End His De Facto Ban on American LNG Exports   Biden’s LNG Export Ban is a Gift to Putin Chair Rodgers Rebukes Biden’s Decision to Indefinitely Pause LNG Exports



Feb 15, 2024
Press Release

Chair Rodgers’ Statement on House Passage of H.R. 7176, the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House’s consideration of H.R. 7176, the Unlocking Our Domestic LNG Potential Act of 2024, to reverse President Biden’s American LNG export ban. The bill, led by Energy and Commerce Member August Pfluger (R-TX), passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 224-200.    “The President’s decision to impose a ban on new permits for clean U.S. liquefied natural gas exports puts the interests of radical environmentalists ahead of the best interests of the United States and its allies. This ban will harm the American economy, jeopardize good paying jobs, weaken U.S. energy security, and threaten the security of our allies. I applaud the passage of H.R. 7176, led by Rep. Pfluger, to immediately reverse President Biden’s ban and protect America’s economic and national security, and that of our allies.” 



Feb 7, 2024
Blog

E&C Republicans: President Biden's LNG Export Ban is Reckless and Politically Motivated

Washington D.C. — Energy and Commerce Republicans are demanding President Biden reverse his liquefied natural gas (LNG) export ban, which is a blatant political decision to appease radical environmental activists who are intent on shutting down American energy.  This week, Members spoke about how disastrous this decision is and urged President Biden to reverse course during an Energy Subcommittee hearing and during a special session on the House Floor, led by Rep. John Joyce (R-PA). Unleashing American LNG will reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and further U.S. energy security and the security of our allies. Don’t miss these key moments calling out the Biden administration’s disastrous energy policies: Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): “The administration is ignoring the fact that natural gas continues to create millions of new jobs, bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and revitalize communities across the country.” […] “President Biden’s LNG export ban will end these benefits for local economies, kill good American jobs, and increase energy prices for people across the board. “It will send manufacturing overseas, increase our dangerous dependence on China, and discourage investment in future American energy production.” Rep. John Joyce (R-PA): “This is not a pause. It is the first step of a process to ban outright any future export of LNG. “This was a political decision to pander to the far-left that will increase energy prices for American households. “It will abandon our allies in their time of energy need, it will harm family sustaining jobs, and it will relinquish American global energy leadership.” Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN): “Thanks to American innovation and energy technologies, the United States is the world’s largest producer of natural gas and exporter of LNG.” […] “American LNG is a critical asset that not only keeps our energy sector secure and competitive, but also helps reduce global emissions and our global dependence on energy from adversarial nations, like Russia.” Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI): “Even for a President known for inflation and global instability, this is an inexplicable move.” […] “I’ve yet to hear from any American clamoring to drive our allies to Russia and Iran, which is exactly what Biden’s LNG export ban will do.” Rep. John Curtis (R-UT): “Sometimes it feels to me like people hate fossil fuels more than they hate emissions." […] “We do produce [LNG] cleaner here than Russia, and not just by a little bit.” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ): “Stopping the progress of building U.S. LNG terminals is just simply an irrational decision. “I cannot imagine a worse conceived idea that is more detrimental to reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, and it also decreases world energy security and U.S. national security.”   Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN): “This export ban will fuel higher costs for families here at home and push our allies abroad into the hands of our adversaries.” […] “American LNG is the cleanest form of natural gas available and has allowed the U.S. to lead the world in emissions reduction.” Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX): “ LNG is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whether some here want to admit that or not.” Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA): “Because of [LNG], we have actually reduced our carbon footprint substantially here. And guess what, we’re getting no love for it. All they’re trying to do is put [LNG] out of business.” Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) : “Since Putin began his invasion of Ukraine, our European allies have raced to transition away from Russian energy by importing clean, American LNG. The administration’s short-sighted, dangerous decision accomplishes one thing, and one thing only, empowering Russia. “Claiming that this decision is based solely on protecting the environment is just absurd. Because of natural gas, the United States has reduced its own emissions more than any other country over the last 20 years. “The President’s ban on new LNG export projects is not an environmental decision. It’s a political decision.” Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA): “We can both have a cleaner, healthier planet and climate, as well as grow our economy and have affordable, reliable, secure, and abundant energy. “The greatest sense of environmental injustice to me is not allowing poor people or disadvantaged communities to be able to heat their homes because we make electricity unaffordable.” Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL): “Simply put, President Biden’s LNG ban puts politics over people, and America last." […] "Stopping LNG exports does not make the climate any cleaner or safer. In fact, the opposite happens. “Ultimately, this restriction will curtail innovation, investment, and the overall competitiveness of the United States energy sector in the global market.” […] “The White House seems more interested in taking domestic energy advice from TikTok influencers who are just in it for clicks, shares, and impressions.”



Chair Rodgers Speaks on the House Floor to Protect Patients from Discrimination in Health Care

“Let’s give people with disabilities, rare diseases, or chronic illness hope.”  Washington D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 485, the  Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act . Her legislation would ban Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) and other similar measures from being used in federal health care programs, removing a key way that these programs discriminate against people with disabilities and those with chronic and rare diseases.  SUPPORTING DIGNITY FOR ALL   “I rise in strong support of H.R. 485, my Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act , which affirms every person’s life has value by banning the use of Quality-Adjusted Life Years, or QALYs, and similar discriminatory measures from all federal health programs.    “As many of you know, my son Cole was born with a special, extra twenty-first chromosome—most of you know it as Down syndrome.   “When Cole was born, doctors gave us a long list of challenges and chances for heartache.    “It was difficult, but I could have never imagined just how positively he would impact this my life, my family's life, and the world.   “Today, Cole is a fun-loving sixteen-year-old with big dreams. He wants to be a football player, a pastor, and a race car driver. He’s on the basketball team and plays the drums. “For Cole, the sky’s the limit.    “Cole, and others with disabilities, deserve every opportunity to succeed.  “We shouldn’t be discounting their potential or pre-judging their quality of life just because of their disabilities.”   DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE    “Unfortunately, several tools frequently used in our health care system do just that.   “QALYs and other similar discriminatory measures assign a dollar value on the life of a patient to decide if a certain treatment is cost-effective, oftentimes discounting an individual’s worth and need for care solely because of their disability or chronic illness.    “It means a bureaucracy coldly determines the value of someone’s life and can deny necessary health care due to that calculation.    “Measurements like QALYs remove the consideration of unique circumstances and health conditions of a patient and their doctor’s judgment from deciding what’s best for the patient.    “I’m not alone in opposing the use of these measures.   “Democrats acknowledged this when they banned the use of QALYs in Medicare in the Affordable Care Act.   “In 2020, the Democratic National Committee platform stated that 'Democrats will ensure that people with disabilities are never denied coverage based on the use of quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) indexes.' “The non-partisan, National Council on Disabilities wrote a report in 2019 titled 'Quality Adjusted Life Years and the Devaluation of Life with a Disability' that condemned the usage of QALYs and has continued to write additional letters to Congress urging that we ban their use.   “Additionally, we’ve heard from nearly 200 advocacy groups spanning the political spectrum who are calling on Congress to prohibit the use of QALYs and other discriminatory measures.” BANNING QALYs  “This legislation, the Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act , bans federal payers, like Medicaid and VA Health Care, from using QALYs or other discriminatory measures that devalue the lives of people with disabilities and chronic or rare diseases, and it does this by simply applying the current ban on QALYs and other similar measures that exists in Medicare to all federal payers. “In passing this bill, it will mean that health care bureaucracies can no longer discriminate against the weakest and most vulnerable patients, and it will help ensure that people can get the health care that they and their doctors think best. “This would be a big deal. “Medicaid is the largest payer for people with disabilities, and we are letting it use measures that discriminate against the very people that it was designed to support. “And that’s to say nothing of the millions of injured or disabled veterans who rely on the VA for their health care, which is also allowed to use these types of measures. “However, let me be clear in this, H.R. 485 does not prohibit federal health care programs from rewarding value or finding other ways to hold down costs. “For example, if a treatment does not work or shouldn’t be covered, or it’s more appropriate to start with other, more cost-effective treatments first. “Nothing in this bill will preclude federal payers from continuing to make these kinds of coverage decisions. “In fact, the National Council on Disability has already identified alternative ways to measure value that do not devalue the life of someone with a disability or chronic disease.” GIVING HOPE “Because of Cole, I’ve spent much time in Congress as an ability advocate—encouraging people to focus on every individual’s God-given talent and potential. “Millions of Americans like Cole need their voices to be heard. “Whenever I meet with someone with a disability or chronic illness, or with their family, I hear the same thing over and over again. “They want the same chances to succeed in life as everyone else. “I hope that banning the use of discriminatory measures by federal payers against people with disabilities and chronic illness—and affirming every person’s life has value—is something can come together on. “Let’s give people with disabilities, rare diseases, or chronic illness HOPE.  “I urge support on this important legislation.”



Feb 7, 2024
Press Release

House Votes to Ban Metric Used to Deny Care for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses

Washington, D.C. — Today, the House passed H.R. 485, the Protecting Care for All Patients Act , to ban federal health programs from using discriminatory measures known as Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) by a vote of 211 to 208. The legislation is led by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Ways and Means Committee Chair Jason Smith (R-MO), Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH). "Every human life has value. The government should not be mercilessly placing a dollar value on someone’s life and denying care just because they have a disability or chronic illness. Patients, and those who are fighting for their loved ones’ lives, have pleaded with Congress to fix a system that actively prevents them from getting the care they need. I’m proud to champion this important legislation that will give patients with disabilities and chronic or rare illness hope,” said Chair Rodgers.   “Bureaucrats in Washington and across the country are trying to put a price tag on life. The Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act, reaffirms that every life has value and stops individual Americans from being reduced to mere dollars and cents on a spreadsheet. An individual has worth, regardless of someone’s age or whether they have a disability or other chronic ailment,” said Chair Smith. “All life has value. That is why it is imperative that our health care system upholds the fundamental principles of dignity and respect for every patient under our care,” said Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. “Assigning monetary worth to a person's life through metrics like 'QALY' undermines this core principle and obstructs physicians' ability to provide quality care to all individuals, particularly those with disabilities and chronic illnesses. I am thankful that the House did the right thing today and passed this legislation, and I urge swift passage in the senate.” “As a physician, I believe it is vital that our health care system treats all patients with the dignity and respect they deserve. ‘QALY’ measurements put a dollar value on a person’s life and interfere with a physician’s ability to care for all of their patients by devaluing treatments for those who are disabled and chronically ill,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. “We should value human life—and work toward healthy human lives—not devalue human life nor indignify one another. I am proud the House voted to protect patients by passing this legislation today, and I hope that the Senate and White House will support this important bill.”  BACKGROUND : H.R. 485 would prohibit the use of Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) and other similar discriminatory measures in all federal programs—an expansion from the current prohibition that only applies in a limited fashion to the Medicare program.   QALYs devalue the life of people with a disability or those with chronic illnesses to determine whether the treatment is cost-effective enough to be paid for by the federal government. The use of QALYs is a clear form of discrimination.



Dec 13, 2023
Press Release

Chairs Rodgers and Guthrie Celebrate Passage of Bipartisan Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis and Honorable Jennifer Wexton National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2365 , the Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis and Honorable Jennifer Wexton National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act . “This bipartisan legislation bolsters efforts to find treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s—giving more hope to the one million Americans affected by the disease. We're grateful to Representative Bilirakis for championing this cause named in honor of his late brother and our colleague, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, who is bravely battling a particularly insidious form of the disease. We are inspired by her strength and courage."



Dec 11, 2023
Health

Chair Rodgers Touts Landmark Lower Costs, More Transparency Act on House Floor

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor regarding H.R. 5378, the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act .  “We all know that health care is too expensive, and the system is far too complicated.  “In the Energy and Commerce Committee, we’ve heard countless stories about real patients who were victims of an opaque system and were on the hook for staggering amounts of money for seeing a doctor, going to a hospital, or getting medicine.  “We heard about a patient that tried to shop for her care and was billed thousands of dollars more than what she was quoted.  “We heard about a patient who was overcharged eleven thousand dollars by a hospital for services she didn’t receive.  “And, we heard moving testimony from cancer patient advocates about policies we can enact right now to lower their drug costs.  “The Lower Costs, More Transparency Act includes these and other policies that would directly help all these patients.  “It lowers costs for Americans through increased health care price transparency.  “It ensures that senior citizens on Medicare never pay more for a drug because of where it is administered.  “And, it makes drug prices transparent to help patients and employers get the best deal possible on medicines.  “Over 90% of Americans support increased price transparency in health care, and, by passing this bill, we will be delivering results people are counting on.  “Further, CBO confirms that the bill would save taxpayers more than 700 million dollars over the next decade. “I want to thank Chair Jason Smith, Chair Virginia Foxx, and Ranking Member Frank Pallone for their leadership, and Majority Leader Steve Scalise for working with us to bring this bill to the floor today.    “And also a special thank you to Ranking Member Pallone’s team—notable Tiffany Guarascio , Waverly Gordon, Una Lee, and Saha Khaterzai—for working with us to find this bipartisan agreement. “Finally, I want to thank my own staff—especially Grace Graham, Corey Ensslin, and Kristin Flukey—for their tireless efforts that will make a meaningful difference for patients in this country.  “In sum, this bill is a legislative opportunity: bipartisan, regular order, and fully paid for.  “It advances foundational health care reforms for patients, lowers health care costs, and reduces the deficit.  “I urge all my colleagues to support the lower costs, more transparency act, and I reserve the balance of my time.”  CLICK HERE to read more about the H.R. 5378, the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act . CLICK HERE to read a section-by-section summary of the bill. CLICK HERE to read the bill text. READ :  Bipartisan Lower Costs, More Transparency Act Saves Seniors Money, Strengthens Medicare How the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act Helps Patients Former Speaker Newt Gingrich: The one health care solution to protect everyone from outrageous medical bills