After President Obama Says No to Jobs, Congress is Ready to Say Yes
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today outlined new plans to move forward on the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline, scheduling a hearing one week from today and announcing their intent to move forward on legislation that will restart the project after it was rejected today by President Obama. The committee invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify on the review her Department has completed as Congress looks at options to restart the project now that the president decided he cannot approve it.
Rep. Fred Upton in the Kalamazoo Gazette: Keystone Pipeline Project Means Jobs, Energy Security
Our nation's energy policy is a matter of both national security and economic certainty. Where we get our energy and at what price have a significant impact on local job creation, American competitiveness and day-to-day costs for Michigan families and businesses. As ongoing tensions around the globe remind us, our energy future is an issue that cannot be taken lightly.
I have long championed a comprehensive "all of the above" energy strategy to meet our nation's growing energy needs and reduce our reliance on overseas oil. Whether developing...
Congressional Leaders Call on DOE to Create and Save Jobs by Re-Enriching Depleted Uranium and Advancing American Centrifuge
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional leaders from the Kentucky and Ohio delegations sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu yesterday urging him to take immediate action to create and protect jobs and maintain U.S. access to a vital resource by moving forward with the American Centrifuge and the re-enrichment of depleted uranium "tails." These tails are the byproduct from previous uranium enrichment conducted by the federal government -a public resource that is not currently being developed. Re-enrichment of these existing federal supplies has the potential to save thousands of...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Respond to President's Proposal for Commerce and Trade Agency Consolidation
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today welcomed the idea of consolidating duplicative and complex federal agencies, pointing to reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and information gathered in committee hearings as evidence that shrinking government bureaucracy is long overdue. President Obama today proposed merging six commerce and trade-related agencies, filling in details for the first time on an idea he suggested nearly a year ago in his State of the Union address.
"American businesses face challenges enough in a struggling...
Facing Bipartisan Congressional Pressure, EPA Finally Clears Offshore Permits
WASHINGTON, DC - Marking the end of a more than five-year bureaucratic saga that has become all too common, federal air permits for exploratory drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea were made final yesterday after years of EPA delay. The EPA's internal appeals board rejected the latest in a long series of challenges to the permits, meaning energy exploration can finally move forward after being caught in the web of EPA's circuitous approve-then-appeal permit process. Congressional leaders welcomed news of these long-awaited permits but believe more must be done...
Release of Obamacare "Bulletin" Sidesteps Important Disclosure Requirements
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sidestepping several important disclosure requirements with the new health care law and is preventing Congress and the American public from being able to assess the true costs associated with the so-called "essential health benefits," according to a letter sent today to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from several House chairmen and Senate ranking members.
The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), and Education and the...
Upton and Stearns Statement on Limited White House Solyndra Document Production
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee this evening received 66 pages of internal White House documents and emails produced in response to subpoenas issued by the committee on November 3, 2011. The committee had previously received 136 pages in mid-November. The committee served subpoenas to the Executive Offices of the President and Vice President in conjunction with its investigation into the $535 million loan guarantee made by the Department of Energy to now-bankrupt Solyndra under the 2009 stimulus law. The limited document production...
Upton Reacts to FCC Chairman's Comments on Spectrum Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's comments about spectrum legislation at the Consumer Electronic Show:
"Bluster aside, it sounds like we have a federal agency more concerned about preserving its own power than offering serious improvements as we prepare to finalize this legislation. We worked with the FCC's auction experts to give the agency the legitimate flexibility it needs to design the mechanics of the auction. It's time to...