Upton, Pitts Welcome Latest Court Ruling that Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) released the following statements after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the individual mandate included in President Obama's health care law unconstitutional:
Upton said, "Once again, the courts have found the individual mandate at the core of the health care law is unconstitutional. We know it will ultimately fall to the Supreme Court to decide the fate of this flawed law, which is why the Administration should have immediately...
Bono Mack Bill to Revise Flawed Consumer Product Law Signed by President
WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama today signed into law H.R. 2715, a bill to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing consumer product safety laws. The legislation makes immediate and targeted changes to a flawed 2008 law that would have forced potentially billions of dollars worth of goods to be pulled from store shelves beginning on August 15 without rapid congressional action. The legislation passed the House with a vote of 421 to 2 and passed the Senate unanimously. Spearheaded by Commerce,...
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Takes Regulatory Reform Series on the Road
WASHINGTON, DC - Continuing its examination of harmful and onerous government regulations, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today convened a field hearing in Orlando, Florida. The hearing, entitled "EPA's Takeover of Florida's Nutrient Water Quality Standard Setting: Impact on Communities and Job Creation," is the sixth in the subcommittee's Regulatory Reform Series. Stearns had pressed the EPA in April on the rulemaking and its potential impact on Florida jobs. The state of Florida's $5.7 billion...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Seek Answers From EPA on Tennessee Valley Authority Settlement
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee today called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to provide important information on the agency's settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), announced in April 2011, of claims alleging that the company violated the Clean Air Act in the 1980s and 1990s in connection with certain modifications of equipment at plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Signing the letter were Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee...
Upton Statement on July Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement in response to the latest unemployment report:
"We're all looking for glimmers of economic hope, and today's jobs report - while not nearly enough to create the recovery Americans need - was somewhat better than expected. Yet it underscores that America's economy is limping under the weight of a large and growing federal government and the burdens and uncertainty created by reckless and relentless regulations. After months of weak job creation...
Committee Chairmen Call for Health Care Law Waiver
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, wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging HHS to provide 340,000 consumers in Michigan's individual health insurance market a waiver from the onerous medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements enacted under the Democrats' health care law.
The two Chairmen, whose committees share jurisdiction over health care, wrote that the health care law's misguided MLR...
Walden Statement on FCC Process
WASHINGTON, DC -Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission released new program carriage rules and the "Measuring Broadband America" report:
"In a single week the FCC has demonstrated both good and bad process. The process leading to the FCC's report on "˜Measuring Broadband America' was exemplary. The Commission selected a commercial vendor through open, competitive bids; used a transparent process to partner with stakeholders; and leveraged its technical expertise. As a result, the Commission and its partners...