Committee Releases Analysis on Obamacare Bailout
The Energy and Commerce Committee today released a follow-up memo on the funding status of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, an initiative created as part of President Obama's health care law that is quickly running out of money. Earlier this year, the committee released a staff memo that exposed how this $5 billion program used taxpayer funds to bailout state governments, Fortune 500 companies, and Hollywood unions.
Obama administration officials admitted at the time of the initial committee staff review that they expected the...
Energy and Commerce Members Seek Update on Efforts to Combat Medicare Fraud
WASHINGTON, DC - In an ongoing effort to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in federal programs, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today requested an update on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare oversight. Members requested an update on the efforts of Zone Program Integrity Contractors and Medicare Administrative Contractors, which are tasked with identifying Medicare fraud and collecting overpayments. To evaluate how effectively these contractors are policing misuse of Medicare funds, the members requested information on the total...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Press Administration Regarding EPA's Costly Utility Rule
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee continue to raise concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's pending Utility MACT rule. Recent analyses conclude this new rule, together with other EPA pending or recently finalized power sector rules, will threaten the reliability of the nation's electric grid and increase electricity prices. Although these concerns have not been fully reviewed and adequately addressed by EPA, a final rule is expected in the coming days. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed...
Upton Statement on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today made the following statement during House consideration of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630):
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Text of Remarks:
"This bill does a lot of things. It has real reforms. It's driven in large part by the unemployment reforms, extending the payroll tax cut, and it's all paid for. Most Americans don't really want unemployment. They want a job.
Upton Praises Job-Creating Provisions of Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today urged support for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, citing its ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs during a time of record unemployment. "The same day we are voting to extend unemployment benefits, we are actually doing something about jobs for the people that are unemployed," said Upton. To view Upton's full remarks, click here.
Committee Leaders Decry Coordinated Attacks on NRC Commissioners
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today expressed disbelief and concern with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko's apparent coordinated efforts with lawmakers to malign the independent agency's four commissioners. Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) are currently conducting an investigation into the administration's termination of the Yucca Mountain repository, and what the Commission's actions mean for our long-term nuclear safety. On June 14, 2011, NRC Inspector General Hubert Bell