Committee Responds to Administration's Refusal to Disclose Closed-Door Health Meetings
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to White House Counsel Robert Bauer, repeating their calls for the White House to release records of closed-door negotiations with special interest groups while writing the health care law. On February 18, 2011, Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Health Subcommittee Vice Chair Michael Burgess (R-TX) wrote to Nancy-Ann DeParle, former head of the White House Office of...
Subcommittee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Stop EPA From Driving up Gasoline and Energy Prices, Harming Job Creation
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power took a strong stand today in support of jobs and against higher gasoline and energy costs by approving H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. The bipartisan measure passed by voice vote, and no amendments were offered. The bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration, with a markup scheduled for early next week, commencing with opening statements Monday afternoon.
"The Energy Tax Prevention Act is not about global...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Approves Resolution to Reverse FCC's Internet Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today approved H.J.Res. 37, a congressional Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the FCC's controversial Internet rules. The resolution passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 15 to 8.
"We have an open and thriving Internet thanks to our historical hands-off approach," said Walden. "The Internet works pretty well; it's the government that doesn't. Rather than show an actual problem, the FCC relies on speculation of future harm. The FCC...
What to Watch For In the Fight Against a Government Takeover of the Internet
Today, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), is holding a hearing and vote on H.J. Res. 37, a congressional Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the FCC's controversial Internet rules.
Subcommittee consideration was postponed by a week to convene an additional hearing at the request of the committee's minority, and Chairman Walden is extending an offer to the panel's Democrats to allow for significant additional debate time on the measure, which under law cannot be amended. Protecting the...
Fox News' Roundtable on Sebelius' "Accidental Truth"
First... Chief Actuary Rick Foster Says: Cuts in Medicare "cannot be simultaneously used to finance other Federal outlays (such as the coverage expansions) and to extend the trust fund."
Then... President Obama Agrees:"What I do agree with is that you can't say you're saving on Medicare and then spend the money twice."
Now... Secretary Sebelius Admits:Shimkus: "Are you using it to save Medicare or to fund health care reform?"Sebelius: "Both."
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Upton, Walden, and Terry Find FCC's Economic Analysis Lacking
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission's failure to provide an adequate economic or market analysis in the commission's order to impose controversial Internet rules. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Vice Chairman Lee Terry (R-NE) sent a letter on March 3, 2011, requesting the FCC to point to the analysis in its order before the subcommittee votes on a resolution to reverse the...
Upton, Inhofe Question Process for Reconsidering EPA's Ozone Standards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a follow-up letter sent today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) raised concerns with the process and timing for EPA's unwarranted and premature reconsideration of the agency's 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground level ozone. Upton and Inhofe are particularly concerned that the agency is deviating from the statutory review process under the Clean Air Act and...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Announces Vote on Bill to Stop EPA From Driving up Gasoline and Energy Prices, Harming Job Creation
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), has scheduled a vote on H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. The subcommittee markup will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The legislation was first released in discussion draft form on February 2 and formally introduced by bipartisan House leaders on March 3. The Energy Tax Prevention Act is designed to...