Upton Comments on Well Containment in the Gulf, Federal Court Ruling on Deep-Water Permits
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today welcomed the opportunity for increased American energy production in response to news that a well containment system is now operational in the Gulf. Development of an underwater oil containment system was a key condition for reinstatement of Gulf oil production after last year's catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill. Upton also praised today's ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana that ordered the Department of Interior to act...
Rep. Fred Upton and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in Politico: Innovation is hostage to regulations
Less than a month ago, President Barack Obama announced a governmentwide review of regulations to remove outdated rules that may be hindering the nation's fragile economic recovery and slowing job creation.
While this shift in policy is welcome, on closer inspection, we learned that the executive order doesn't apply to more than 16 independent agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission. This is especially troubling because the FCC is moving forward with unprecedented plans to blanket the Internet with a bevy of new regulations that could stifle innovation and...
Whitfield Discusses Need to Hit "the Pause Button" on EPA Regulation While Congress Prepares to Act
WASHINGTON, DC - This evening on the House Floor, Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) engaged in a colloquy with Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) to discuss provisions in the Continuing Resolution government funding package that would temporarily block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. This temporary halt on the EPA's overreaching regulatory efforts will happen in conjunction with efforts to permanently make clear that such regulations were never envisioned by Congress under current law.
Walden, Upton Join Senate Leaders in Unveiling Resolution to Reverse FCC's Controversial Internet Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC - House and Senate leaders on communications and technology policy today formally introduced a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Leading the effort in the House are Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and others to introduce identical legislation in the Senate. The Resolution...
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Probes New Bureaucracy Responsible for Granting Widespread Waivers for Massive Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing today examining the new bureaucracy responsible for granting widespread waivers for the massive health care law. The subcommittee heard from the officials responsible for granting the waivers, Steve Larsen, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), and Jay Angoff, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and former Director of the Office for Consumer Information and Insurance...
NEWS: Media Outlets Report on Communications and Technology Subcommittee Efforts to Fight Government Takeover of the Internet
NATIONAL JOURNAL: GOP offer resolution to try to block net neutrality rules
As promised, Republicans in both the House and Senate introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at blocking the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules.
In the House, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., offered a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which gives lawmakers a limited amount of time to try to block agency rules like the FCC's net neutrality order from going into effect. An...
Walden to Offer Amendment to Block Funds for Implementation of Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that he is offering an amendment to the Continuing Resolution to prohibit the FCC from using funds to implement the controversial internet regulations that the commission adopted in December.
"The recent attempts of the FCC to regulate the internet through the imposition of net neutrality rules is a solution in search of a problem," said Walden, who prepared the amendment in consultation with Appropriations Committee members Reps. Tom Graves (R-GA)...
Rep. Fred Upton in The Hill: Government's red tape tangles up fuel sources right in our backyard
The turmoil in Egypt has not only raised fears of an oil-supply disruption from the Middle East, it underscores our nation's energy vulnerabilities. While not the usual "hot spot" like Iran and Venezuela, Egypt highlights the effect an unforeseen global event can have on prices here at home, especially when a major supply route in the Suez Canal is threatened.... Oil prices are spiking, and prices at neighborhood gas stations from coast to coast are soaring.
However, there's another supply cutoff to worry about, only this one is...