Energy and Commerce Leaders Probe HHS on Health Care Slush Funds
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a pair of letters to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking information about how the agency has spent taxpayer dollars provided in the stimulus and under last year's controversial health care law. The inquiries, sent by Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Pitts (R-PA), seek information on the agency's use of a new $1 billion Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund (HIRI)...
Upton Statement on Latest Court Ruling Finding ObamaCare Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement today after a federal judge ruled in favor of private citizens, small businesses, and 26 states to declare last year's controversial health care law unconstitutional in its entirety:
"As today's ruling makes clear, government cannot - it must not - attempt to coerce its citizens into accepting a health care system they reject under threat of federal punishment. This law continues its record of broken promises, failing to...
Rep. Fred Upton in National Review Online: Obamacare: A Pivot Point
The U.S. House of Representatives recently cast two critical votes that will help create jobs and move our country toward a 21st-century health-care system. One vote was to repeal the flawed and unsustainable law Democrats in Congress and President Obama muscled through last year. The other was to redirect congressional committees -- including the one I chair -- to craft better solutions.
I believe history will reveal these two votes as a pivot point -- a moment when we turned away from a less compassionate, fiscally unsustainable, and...
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...
Upton Questions HHS Credibility After Release of Dubious Report on Costs
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today raised serious questions about the credibility of the federal agency charged with implementing the massive new health care law after the release of a questionable new study that is inconsistent with other nonpartisan government analyses:
"Both the Congressional Budget Office and the Obama administration's own CMS Actuary have made clear that health insurance premiums will rise under the new health care law. HHS is willfully ignoring data it does not like in order to paint a rosy...
Upton Urges NRC to Provide Certainty and Transparency in Reactor License Renewal Process to Protect Jobs and Affordable Power
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide greater transparency and certainty in the reactor license renewal process. Although the NRC timeline for renewal is typically 22 to 30 months, that process has unexpectedly doubled in some instances. The Pilgrim Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Vermont Yankee Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont, both submitted their renewal applications five years ago today. Both licenses are set to expire in 2012, yet...
Energy and Commerce Republicans Launch New Era of Transparency
The Committee's Republican members used the hearing to press Sunstein on conflicting statements from the administration about whether this...
Energy and Commerce Republicans Accept President's Offer to Pursue Medical Malpractice Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - The Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting specific legislation he would be willing to sign to achieve meaningful medical malpractice reform.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama said, "I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits." In response, the GOP membership of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to the...