Upton Expresses Concern Over Impacts of EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) reiterated calls for careful regulation that protects jobs and affordable energy after the Obama administration today released its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule addressing power plant emissions.
"The goal for these rules should be reasonable regulation that protects public health and the environment while also preserving economic growth. Unfortunately, the unprecedented pace at which the administration is issuing major new rules that impose new costs and regulatory requirements on states, employers and consumers fails that basic test,"...
Obama Administration's Answer to Soaring Unemployment & Looming Debt Ceiling: "Breathe Easy, Jakarta"
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are demanding more answers from Obama EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on the agency's sending millions of taxpayer dollars overseas. Committee investigative staff recently released a report detailing 65 foreign grants (excluding Canada and Mexico) in excess of $27 million that the EPA has handed out since the stimulus was signed into law in February 2009. Further review of the EPA's database has revealed significant discrepancies.
For example, the EPA's database lists $15,000 for Indonesia's "Breathe...
Upton, Walden Statement on Estimated Burden of FCC's Internet Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's submission of its "Network Neutrality" rules to the Office of Management and Budget:
"More than six months after it adopted an order to regulate the Internet, the FCC has finally submitted the rules to the Office of Management and Budget, which must still review and approve the submission. The FCC's estimate of the paperwork burden has already tripled. One...
Health Subcommittee Examines FDA Regulatory Process
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today discussed reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which expires on September 30, 2012. Working properly, this program helps bring life-saving drugs to patients and promotes significant job creation while keeping America the hub of medical innovation. The subcommittee also examined how to improve the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process, as the FDA has become less transparent and increased the time it takes for products to reach...
Upton Outlines Energy and Commerce Accomplishments in First Six Months of 112th Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released a progress report on the committee's work in the first half of the year, revealing that the panel has produced legislation to save taxpayers close to $90 billion, protect nearly 4 million jobs from being destroyed by job-crushing regulations, and create another 150,000+ jobs via American Energy Initiative legislation to increase domestic production and energy security while bringing down prices at the pump. These new numbers are included in the committee's
Rep. Fred Upton in Investor's Business Daily: Politicizing The Green Debate
There's a troubling irony in today's vigorous debate about environmental policy. Some of the most vocal groups clamoring for a cleaner planet are also the ones stalling progress toward that same goal....A closer look at contemporary interest-group politics reveals why this is the case....Republicans and Democrats both desire cleaner air and water. As policymakers we debate the best way to achieve these goals, balancing environmental progress with economic costs. We consider and weigh multiple objectives: grow jobs, expand the economy and protect the planet....
Committee Continues Bipartisan Spectrum Policy Discussion, Focusing on Federal Government Spectrum Use
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today held the fourth hearing in a series discussing the role of spectrum policy in promoting wireless broadband, bringing interoperable broadband communications to public safety, creating jobs, and reducing the deficit. Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information in the Department of Commerce and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, shed light on how to improve federal government use of spectrum and reallocate resources to meet growing...
Court Ruling Underscores Urgent Need for NRC to Complete Action on Yucca Application
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today underscored the importance of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's obligation to complete its review of the Department of Energy's license application for Yucca Mountain. The court's decision comes almost exactly one year after the NRC Atomic Safety Licensing Board denied the Department of Energy's motion to withdraw the Yucca Mountain repository licensing application. The Energy and Commerce Committee is investigating the administration's decision-making process to terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.
The three judges,...