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
OPINION: Daniel Yergin in the Wall Street Journal "America's New Energy Security"
Despite previous notions that the U.S. was running out of fuel supplies, North America is now experiencing an energy production boom. This dramatic growth in domestic production is largely due to the development of new drilling technologies to extract shale gas and "tight oil." Daniel Yergin, who explores North American energy development in an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, explained the significance of this supply shift at our committee's latest Jobs and Innovation Forum, stating, "This is the biggest energy innovation of its scale in...
Upton Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Pipeline Safety Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today issued the following statement applauding the passage of H.R. 2845, The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act. The bill passed the House by voice vote and now awaits immediate action in the Senate. "As our nation's energy demand and production continue to climb, so grows the importance of ensuring the safe transportation of these vital resources. As a Michigander, pipeline safety is an issue that hits especially close to home, and has...
Upton Urges President to Support Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today issued the following statement in support of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act:
"The Energy and Commerce Committee has dedicated the past year to legislative solutions that support economic growth, protect taxpayers, and provide certainty to our nation's job creators. I am pleased to see many of these important priorities included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act - these pro-job, pro-taxpayer solutions are essential to a sensible package...
House Approves Legislation to Protect Rural Economy, Promote Regulatory Certainty
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation that will protect rural America from continued uncertainty and potential costly expansion of federal dust regulations. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 268 to 150.
H.R. 1633, authored by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD), Robert Hurt (R-VA), Leonard Boswell (D-IA), and Larry Kissel (D-NC), will resolve the regulatory uncertainty surrounding EPA's current and future regulation of rural dust. The bill will prevent EPA from changing its...
Energy and Commerce Members Urge President to Say Yes to Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC - Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to reconsider his threat to reject House legislation offering relief to out-of-work Americans.
The president yesterday declared that he would reject the House payroll tax extension package based on the inclusion of a provision to speed up construction of Keystone XL pipeline. If constructed, the pipeline would immediately put tens of thousands of Americans back to work and support over 100,000 jobs. Members are...
Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached on Pipeline Safety Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), today announced a bipartisan and bicameral agreement has been reached on pipeline safety legislation. Earlier this fall, the Energy and Commerce Committee voted 52 to 0 in support of H.R. 2937, the Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act. Additional pipeline safety bills have advanced in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. Senate, and the involved lawmakers have now produced a merged bill for final approval in both chambers. House leadership today unveiled...
Rep. Mike Pompeo in The Washington Examiner: EPA must stop playing in the dust
Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency would like to regulate farm dust all across the nation. I know it sounds ridiculous, but given the Obama administration's demonstrated hostility toward rural America, it should not come as a huge surprise.
Although EPA has verbally reversed course in recent weeks and said it has "no intention" of regulating farm dust, my 11 months in Washington have taught me quickly that we must pay attention to what politicians do and not what they say.
EPA's actions continue to show that radical...