Upton Responds to Waxman's Objections to Committee Oversight
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today restated his commitment to serious, substantive, and substantial oversight of the executive branch, industry, and all matters within the committee's purview. Upton's comments come in response to a letter sent yesterday by the panel's Ranking Member, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), which objected to information and document requests recently made by the committee. Chairman Upton yesterday sent a letter that responds directly to Rep. Waxman's concerns; a copy is available below.
Upton, Whitfield, Inhofe Unveil Energy Tax Prevention Act to Protect America's Jobs & Families
Washington, D.C. -Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued a joint statement today on the release of their discussion draft, "The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011." The Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the draft legislation next Wednesday, February 9th at 10:00am.
Reps. Upton and Whitfield and Sen. Inhofe are releasing...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Probe HHS on Health Care Slush Funds
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a pair of letters to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking information about how the agency has spent taxpayer dollars provided in the stimulus and under last year's controversial health care law. The inquiries, sent by Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Pitts (R-PA), seek information on the agency's use of a new $1 billion Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund (HIRI)...
Upton Statement on Latest Court Ruling Finding ObamaCare Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement today after a federal judge ruled in favor of private citizens, small businesses, and 26 states to declare last year's controversial health care law unconstitutional in its entirety:
"As today's ruling makes clear, government cannot - it must not - attempt to coerce its citizens into accepting a health care system they reject under threat of federal punishment. This law continues its record of broken promises, failing to...
Upton Questions HHS Credibility After Release of Dubious Report on Costs
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today raised serious questions about the credibility of the federal agency charged with implementing the massive new health care law after the release of a questionable new study that is inconsistent with other nonpartisan government analyses:
"Both the Congressional Budget Office and the Obama administration's own CMS Actuary have made clear that health insurance premiums will rise under the new health care law. HHS is willfully ignoring data it does not like in order to paint a rosy...
Upton Urges NRC to Provide Certainty and Transparency in Reactor License Renewal Process to Protect Jobs and Affordable Power
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide greater transparency and certainty in the reactor license renewal process. Although the NRC timeline for renewal is typically 22 to 30 months, that process has unexpectedly doubled in some instances. The Pilgrim Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Vermont Yankee Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont, both submitted their renewal applications five years ago today. Both licenses are set to expire in 2012, yet...
Energy and Commerce Republicans Launch New Era of Transparency
The Committee's Republican members used the hearing to press Sunstein on conflicting statements from the administration about whether this...
Energy and Commerce Republicans Accept President's Offer to Pursue Medical Malpractice Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - The Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting specific legislation he would be willing to sign to achieve meaningful medical malpractice reform.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama said, "I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits." In response, the GOP membership of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to the...