Committee Leaders Press Treasury and DOE for Accurate Jobs Numbers As Obama Looks to Extend Stimulus Energy Program
WASHINGTON, DC - As the Obama administration is seeking to extend a stimulus energy program, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns are seeking answers and an accurate accounting of the program's record on job creation. Questions and concerns persist about the selection process as well as the actual number of jobs that have been created through the Section 1603 grant program, which offers renewable energy project developers cash payments in lieu of investment tax credits. Administered by the...
Upton Statement on President's Actions to Block Congressional Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) decried President Obama's actions today to once again block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and deny the U.S access to a stable and reliable energy source. After rejecting the pipeline's permit earlier this year, President Obama personally lobbied the Senate to kill an amendment calling for the American energy project to move forward. In spite of the president's efforts, 11 Senate Democrats joined all voting Republicans in favor of the project.
"A majority of...
Members Press Secretary Chu on President's Energy Policy
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today held a hearing to examine the Department of Energy's Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Energy Secretary Steven Chu attempted to defend the president's energy policies despite rising gasoline and electricity prices and a maligned loan guarantee program.
Contrary to his past suggestion that, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Chu told members today that he and the...
Upton, Hatch Call on Obama Administration to Release Overdue Medicaid Report
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to release the agency's annual Medicaid Actuarial Report to Congress. In a letter, the lawmakers said data from the report, which provides an up-to-date financial status of the Medicaid program, was critical to assist Congress with its decision-making process and questioned why its delivery is already...
Subcommittee Discusses Solutions to Combat Soaring Gasoline Prices
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), hosted a hearing today to examine rising gasoline prices and discuss solutions to help bring relief at the pump.
"High gasoline prices hit the pocketbook of every business, family, and consumer. To make matters worse, with an economy struggling to create jobs and new income, rising gas prices equate to a tax on everyone," said Whitfield. "This latest surge offers an opportunity to take a look at what is...
Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal IPAB, Reform FCC Process
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today approved the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452), the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act (H.R. 3309), and the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310).
"The common thread among these bills is ensuring a sound process," said Upton. "What matters is not just what government does, but how we do it. Whether it's decisions about how to protect Medicare patients while reducing the cost of the program or whether it's...
SAY WHAT???? President Takes Talking Points from House Republicans' Playbook, But Fails to Follow Through on "All-of-the-Above" Strategy
"The only way we are going to solve this problem is with an all-of-the-above strategy."-President Obama
Reality Check:Obama Takes Office: $1.84/ gallonToday's Price: $3.76/gallon
While briefing reporters today, President Obama said the White House is doing everything it can to cut the price of gas, yet the president failed to offer any new solutions to increase American energy supplies and help make prices more affordable. Again stating there is "no silver bullet" to reduce prices, the president continues to blame...
FCC Process Reforms Receive Widespread Support
WASHINGTON, DC -The House Energy and Commerce Committee today began consideration of the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act and the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act, which aim to improve the way the FCC operates by strengthening transparency and predictability. A wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from small community-based communications providers, state utility commissioners, wireless associations and providers, broadcasters, and cable associations, lauded these reforms that help the American public and regulated parties interact with the Commission. "Today's fast-changing marketplace requires careful deliberation before government...