Upton & Shimkus Ask, "Where Are the Findings?" Following NRC's Incomplete Release of Long Overdue Yucca Evaluation
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today called on Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko to release the full and uncensored safety evaluation for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.
Documents obtained during the committee's investigation into the Obama administration's efforts to terminate the Yucca project indicate involvement of either Chairman Jaczko or staff in his office in the alteration of the original language in the professional staff's draft of the Technical Evaluation Report (TER). The...
The Hill: Healthcare law could leave families with high insurance costs
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The Hill: Healthcare law could leave families with high insurance costsBy Julian Pecquet
A major provision of the healthcare reform law designed to prevent businesses from dropping coverage for their workers could inadvertently leave families without access to subsidized health insurance.
The problem is a huge headache for the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, because it could leave families unable to buy affordable health insurance when the healthcare law requires that everyone be insured starting in 2014.
Some of the administration's closest...
Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Protect Americans Against Data Theft
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), today approved legislation to protect American consumers from cyber attacks and identity theft. The Secure and Fortify Electronic Data Act (H.R. 2577), or SAFE Data Act, passed the subcommittee by voice vote. The bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. The SAFE Data Act, authored by Chairman Bono Mack, will enhance protection of personal information by establishing uniform national standards for data...
Subcommittee Investigates Delays at FDA
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today held a hearing on the Food and Drug Administration's medical device regulations and the impact on American patients, innovation, and job creation. Patients and innovators adversely affected by regulatory inconsistencies and inefficiencies at the FDA shared their personal testimonies and Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, Director of the Center for Device and Radiolical Health at the Food and Drug Administration, provided an update on the FDA's approval process.
Bono Mack Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers From Data Theft
WASHINGTON, DC - Responding to concerns over recent cyber attacks and other data breaches, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) has introduced legislation to ensure American consumers are appropriately protected from data theft. H.R. 2577, the Secure and Fortify Electronic (SAFE) Data Act, requires reasonable security policies and procedures to protect personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach. Bono Mack, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, introduced this legislation in the aftermath of several high-profile data breaches...
Energy & Commerce Committee Cautions NRC Chairman to Follow Commission Procedures to Ensure Thorough, Thoughtful, and Deliberate Review of Task Force Recommendations
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are spearheading a committee effort to ensure Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko follows proper commission procedures when considering task force recommendations. The six-member NRC panel last week released, "Recommendations for Enhancing Reactor Safety in the 21st Century - The Near-Term Task Force Review of Insights From the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident."
Energy and Power Subcommittee Begins Review of Pipeline Safety Bill with Testimony from Pipeline Regulators
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power today continued its examination of pipeline safety with a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the "Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011."
Recent pipeline safety incidents have drawn attention to the safety and state of our nation's pipeline infrastructure. The draft legislation aims to enhance protection of public safety and the environment while allowing for the economical delivery of vital energy supplies.
Members at today's hearing questioned representatives from the U.S. Pipeline...