Committee Questions Mobile Device Companies About Tracking of Phone Users' Locations
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent letters to several developers of mobile device operating systems seeking more information on whether these devices are tracking, storing, and sharing users' locations and the implications of such tracking for individual privacy and federal communications policy. The letters come on the heels of recent media reports that certain operating systems are tracking and storing information on users' locations - a revelation first explored by the Energy and Commerce Committee in the last Congress.
Committee Ratchets Up Oversight of Office Responsible for Obamacare Implementation
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee today sent a letter to the Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) to request biweekly updates on expenses and enrollment in high-risks pools and the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) that were created in the health care law.
The letter comes after reports and a subcommittee hearing revealed the $5 billion ERRP will soon run out of money after providing funding to unions and fortune 500 companies. Meanwhile, the...
Camp and Upton Seek Information on President Obama's Plans for Medicare
WASHINGTON, DC - Today U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called on President Obama to provide additional information and guidance on his plans to reform the Medicare program as part of his overall plan to reduce the debt. Discussing President Obama's shared desire to strengthen Medicare, Camp and Upton noted that Obama's speech and revised budget document lacked specific details for how he'd achieve the savings...
Despite President's Executive Order, EPA Admits Jobs Don't Matter When Regulating
Watch the video HEREFOX NEWS - Lou Dobbs Discusses EPA's Admission That Jobs Don't Matter
IBD Editorial - EPA: Jobs Don't MatterJobs: The EPA admits to Congress that it does not take into account the impact of its regulations on employment, the economy or international competitiveness. Neither, apparently, does the White House.
This stunning revelation was made by EPA Administrator Mathy Stanislaus in response to a question by Colorado GOP Rep. Cory Gardner. It came during Stanislaus' testimony before the House Environment and Energy...
Committee Steps Up Investigation Into Closed-Door Health Meetings
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent letters to the top interest groups, lobbying associations, and companies involved in the closed-door negotiations during the writing of the massive health care law. The letters are the next phase of an investigation that began earlier this year with requests to the White House for information. The committee is seeking information from the interest groups as the administration's response thus far has been less than forthcoming, as the White House - which has repeatedly...
EPA Admits They Do Not Account for Jobs When Regulating
FLASHBACK: Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011 - Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review
Section 1. General Principles of Regulation. (a) Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation.
FAST FORWARD: In a revealing exchange Thursday on Capitol Hill, an EPA expert confirms that the agency, contrary to the president's executive order, does not directly examine regulations' impacts on jobs. Watch the startling exchange between Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Assistant...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Discusses EPA MACT Rules, Examines Feasibility of Timing and Standards
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today convened a hearing to discuss recent EPA rulemakings relating to utilities, cement manufacturing plants, and boilers.
"Today, we focus on regulations that make it more expensive to generate energy, including through the use of coal, and also make it more expensive to remain competitive in a global economy," said Whitfield. "That is why EPA's extremely stringent regulations are concerning, especially given the state of the economy. And that...
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Discusses Solutions to Combat Rising Threat of Prescription Drug Abuse
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), hosted a hearing today to discuss a rising health crisis in America -prescription drug abuse.
In the past twenty years, America has seen a rapid increase in the number of deaths from the accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is now the second leading accidental cause of death in America behind motor vehicle crashes, and in many states, it is the...