Upton Hails Passage of Bill to Significantly Reduce Federal Spending, Block Harmful Bureaucratic Rules and Mandates
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today welcomed the House passage of legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY2011 at significantly reduced levels, fulfilling the GOP commitment to cut spending in order to get the American economy on sound financial footing and spur job creation. The measure approved today addressed a number of key policy issues, prohibiting federal agencies from moving forward on controversial policies related to health care, energy independence, and technology.
"The American people sent us to...
Pitts: Destruction of Conscience Protections Increases Urgency of Protect Life Act
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), chair of the Health Subcommittee, today responded to the Obama Administration's announcement to rescind rules protecting the conscience of health workers across the country. The rules, in place since 2008, protected workers from being discriminated against for their objection to certain controversial practices and pharmaceuticals.
"Today, the Obama administration demonstrated exactly why we need to have strong conscience protection for health workers written into our laws. For years now, doctors, nurses and other health professionals have been able to perform their...
Energy & Commerce Committee Seeks Documents on Secret White House Health Care Negotiations
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to Deputy White House Chief of Staff Nancy-Ann DeParle calling for the release of documents and information regarding closed-door negotiations between the Obama administration and various industries and special interests as the health care law was being developed. The document request intends to shine light on a process that was largely closed to Congress and members of the public despite the significant financial interests of involved parties and the far-reaching consequences of the...
Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Examines Unintended Consequences of 2008 Law on Jobs and Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Thursday convened a hearing to examine the unintended consequences of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 on American job creators including small businesses and thrift stores. It reviewed the impact of the recent legislation on Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC ) resources and its ability to protect consumers. In addition to several small business owners, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and Commissioner Anne Northup were also...
House sends clear message: FCC overstepped its authority
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today sent a clear signal to the FCC that it overstepped its authorities granted by Congress by strongly rebuking the commission's attempts to regulate the Internet.
The House passed an amendment, offered by Rep. Greg Walden, chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, to the Continuing Resolution to prohibit the FCC from using funds to implement the controversial Internet regulations that the commission adopted in December. The amendment was crafted with leaders from the Appropriations Committee, including Reps. Mario...
On 2nd Anniversary of the Stimulus, Upton Seeks Answers from Dept. of Energy on Half Billion Dollar Bust
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) marked the second anniversary of the stimulus bill by seeking answers from the Department of Energy (DOE) on its inaugural $535 million stimulus loan guarantee awarded in March of 2009. Solyndra, Inc. of Fremont, California, was the first recipient of a DOE stimulus loan; the highly publicized award was to finance construction of a new manufacturing facility for solar panels that was expected to create thousands of jobs. Since the announcement, the firm has proceeded to...
Pitts, Upton Push to Ease Delays in Medical Device Regulatory Process to Benefit Patients, Spur Job Growth
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today held a hearing to examine the impact of medical device regulations on patients and jobs. During the hearing, members of the subcommittee questioned the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Device and Radiological Health Director Jeffrey Shuren about recent reports that small businesses and device companies are being forced to market their devices first in Europe because the EU countries have a more predictable and consistent regulatory process.
"Multiple studies have...
On the House floor this afternoon, members debated an amendment offered by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and Reps. Cliff Stearns, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Tom Graves to prohibit the FCC from clamping down on and regulating the Internet.
Supporters of the net neutrality Internet regulations made some interesting claims in their effort to defend the FCC's controversial plan to change the rules.
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Rep. Ed Markey: "Vote no on this amendment that shuts down the Internet."
FACT: The federal government has...