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...
Energy and Commerce Adopts Oversight Plan and Approves Protect Life Act, Additional Health Care Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today adopted a Committee Oversight Plan for the 112th Congress and passed four pieces of health care legislation: the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358; the Veterinary Public Health Workforce and Education Act, H.R. 525; the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act, H.R. 528; and the Dental Emergency Responder Act, H.R.570.
"The committee's oversight efforts will focus on cutting government spending through the elimination of waste, fraud, and abuse;...
Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Learns of Burdensome Environmental Regulations Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and the Economy Subcommittee today held a hearing on "Environmental Regulations, the Economy, and Jobs." The panel, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), examined how and whether federal regulatory agencies are conducting the type of economic analysis necessary for policymakers to understand how regulations affect employers' ability to retain workers and hire new ones, and avoid unnecessary cost burdens. Witnesses from the small business, manufacturing, and industrial communities elaborated how misguided environmental regulations were harming job growth...
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)...
Upton Statement on President's Budget Request
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's FY 2012 budget request:
"Our fiscal situation is dire, and our need for policies that promote job creation is urgent. In the last two years we have seen stunning growth in the size and scope of the federal government, and with it, a similarly dramatic increase in government spending and red ink. Job creators have been pushed to the economic sidelines because of the long-term threat...
Health Subcommittee Approves Protect Life Act, Additional Health Care Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today passed four pieces of health care legislation: the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358; the Veterinary Public Health Workforce and Education Act, H.R. 525; the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act, H.R. 528; and the Dental Emergency Responder Act, H.R.570.
The Protect Life Act, authored by Subcommittee Chairman Pitts, prohibits federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under the recently enacted health care law. The language is...
OPINION: Investors Business Daily Editorial "Stop EPA's Energy Tax"
Federal Authority: At a contentious hearing on legislation to keep the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, Republicans rightly called global warming a power-grabbing hoax that is all pain for no gain.The assertion came at a Wednesday hearing before the House subcommittee on energy and power on the "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011." The measure is designed to reassert the authority of Congress to levy taxes on the American people and direct public policy -- powers that are being usurped by the unelected bureaucrats...