Congressional Energy and Environmental Policy Leaders File Amicus Brief with Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - Leading congressional energy and environmental policymakers today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in American Electric Power Company, et al. v. State of Connecticut, et al. to assert the sole prerogative and responsibility of the legislative and executive branches - not the judiciary - to address the environmental and economic issues of federal climate change policy. The brief, filed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Senate Environment and Public Works...
Upton Responds to Waxman's Objections to Committee Oversight
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today restated his commitment to serious, substantive, and substantial oversight of the executive branch, industry, and all matters within the committee's purview. Upton's comments come in response to a letter sent yesterday by the panel's Ranking Member, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), which objected to information and document requests recently made by the committee. Chairman Upton yesterday sent a letter that responds directly to Rep. Waxman's concerns; a copy is available below.
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...
Upton, Whitfield, Inhofe Unveil Energy Tax Prevention Act to Protect America's Jobs & Families
Washington, D.C. -Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued a joint statement today on the release of their discussion draft, "The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011." The Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the draft legislation next Wednesday, February 9th at 10:00am.
Reps. Upton and Whitfield and Sen. Inhofe are releasing...
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...
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...