Walden Announces Plans to Advance Spectrum Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced plans to schedule a vote on legislation to significantly expand the availability of spectrum for wireless broadband buildout and support the creation of a nationwide, interoperable, broadband public safety network. The bill is expected to spur significant job creation, technological innovation, and deficit reduction. The soon-to-be introduced legislation is called the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011. "Spectrum legislation is a longstanding priority for both parties and...
Upton Statement on Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, issued the following statement on congressional efforts to reduce the deficit and create jobs:
"I spent the last three months as one of 12 members who faced steep odds to find agreement, but who shared an understanding that our fiscal challenges cannot be ignored. I am bitterly disappointed that we were not able to find enough common ground to deliver...
American Workers Outraged over President's Pipeline Politics
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week the president made headlines when he opted out of a jobs plan to put thousands of Americans back to work at zero-cost to taxpayers. With over a hundred thousand jobs on the line, the president refused to approve the Presidential Permit needed to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, punting a final decision and telling workers they would have to wait, if the jobs are ever created at all. The labor unions representing workers who stand to benefit from the pipeline are outraged over...
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hears from Energy Secretary Chu in Ongoing Solyndra Investigation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today held a hearing with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the failed Solyndra loan guarantee. Members questioned the review and approval of the $535 million loan guarantee, specifically pressing the Secretary to explain why the administration ignored the clear warning signs that accurately predicted the deal was a bad bet for taxpayers. "We have been methodically investigating the circumstances surrounding Solyndra's failure for nine months now and have...
Energy Secretary Chu Slated to Testify TOMORROW in Ongoing Solyndra Probe
**NOTE TIME CHANGE: Hearing Now Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET** WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, November 17, 2011, on "The Solyndra Failure: Views from DOE Secretary Chu." The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and will include testimony from the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu. The hearing is part of an ongoing investigation into the $535 million Department of Energy loan...
Upton Welcomes GAO Recommendations for Enhanced Planning and Collaboration in Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research & Development
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today welcomed recommendations in a new GAO report regarding the Department of Energy's nuclear fuel cycle research and development efforts. Upton requested the report with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and former Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA). GAO's review found that DOE should enhance its planning and its collaboration with industry and other countries in pursing such research and development.
Upton made the following statement on the report's recommendations:
"Nuclear energy is a critical part...
Rep. Greg Walden and Rep. Adam Kinzinger in The Hill's Congress Blog: A goal we should all share: A 21st century FCC
The technology and communications sector is the most innovative in our country--it deserves the most innovative and open government agency.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has taken some steps to open his agency's processes to the public. However, only Congress can make permanent these reforms and others to ensure that the FCC is the kind of accountable federal agency that taxpayers deserve.
To that end, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today (Wednesday 16th Nov) will examine a bill we recently introduced, the FCC Process Reform Act,...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Increase Transparency and Efficiency at FCC
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today approved the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 3309) by a vote of 14 to 9, and the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2011 (H.R. 3310) by voice vote. These bills improve the way the FCC operates by increasing transparency, predictability, and consistency as part of Republicans' ongoing effort to ensure the commission's work encourages job creation, investment, and innovation.
"The legislation we approved...