Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Examines Negative Impacts of EU Privacy Regulations on Businesses, Consumers
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), today held a hearing to discuss the European Union's privacy and data collection regulations and the impact they have had on the global Internet economy. This was the second in a series of privacy hearings the subcommittee will conduct this fall. Members and witnesses focused their discussion today on the EU's Data Privacy Directive, which serves as a baseline privacy standard but directs EU member states...
Congressional Working Group Releases Investigative Report on Unsustainable CLASS Act
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The bicameral Repeal CLASS Working Group today issued "CLASS' Untold Story: Taxpayers, Employers, and States on the Hook for Flawed Entitlement Program," a report detailing the insolvency of a massive new entitlement program included in the new health care law called the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act.
Documents obtained through a bicameral Congressional investigation reveal that the Obama Administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was acutely aware that the program was unsustainable and suppressed this information from Congressional leaders and the...
NEWS: Associated Press Exclusive "Long-Term Care Plan Alarms Ignored"
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators.
Part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula.
A longstanding priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the...
BREAKING: New Revelations About White House Involvement in Solyndra Loan
WATCH the Today Show Highlight "Green Embarrassment"
WATCH ABC News Investigate "Whether Taxpayers Were Left Holding the Bag When the Warning Signs Were Clear"
READ The Washington Post: White House pressed on $500 million loan to solar company now under investigation
By Joe Stephens and Carol D. Leonnig, Published: September 13
The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September...
WH Spox Jay Carney's "Scheduling Matter" Could Cost U.S. Taxpayers Half Billion Dollars
Obama Press Secretary Tries to Dismiss White House Pressure to Rush Solyndra Loan as OMB E-mails Reveal Corners Were Cut
According to media reports, White House spokesman Jay Carney today tried, but failed, to dismiss an Energy and Commerce report on White House e-mails that clearly show pressure from the West Wing in finalizing the now-bankrupt Solyndra loan as a "scheduling matter."
As reported in The Hill:
"What the emails, I believe, made clear is that there was urgency to make a decision...
Subcommittee Questions Federal and State Regulators on Reliability Impacts of New EPA Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), held a hearing today with members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulators to discuss the impacts of new EPA regulations on America's electric reliability.
The reliability of electricity is essential to our economy, national security, and public health. EPA has proposed a suite of regulations affecting America's power sector but the total impact of these rules on the nation's grid remains unknown. This uncertainty has led...
Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Protect Jobs from EPA's Unworkable Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of American jobs. H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act, and H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act, aim to fix EPA's boiler and cement rules to ensure that they set achievable standards and allow for more reasonable compliance timelines. The bipartisan bills passed the panel by voice vote and now move to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.
EPA Rule Forces Texas Company to Announce Layoffs; Over 500 Workers Could Lose Their Jobs
Today, leading power-generating company Luminant announced major layoffs as a result of the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The new rule places unfair and excessive burdens on Texas and other states, which will be forced to shoulder a disproportionate percentage of the country's emissions reductions. Luminant stated it will be forced to idle plants and reduce employees in order to comply with the new rule's stringent requirements and unreasonable compliance deadlines. Luminant has also voiced concerns that the rule will threaten electric reliability across the state of Texas....