Stearns Holds Hearing on Obama Administration's Plans for Regulatory Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today concluded a hearing titled "The Views of the Administration on Regulatory Reform." Mr. Cass Sunstein, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, testified.
The President issued a new Executive Order to review regulations with a focus on reducing their burden and on promoting job growth. Early in the hearing, Stearns expressed concern over what appears to be an amorphous standard of review articulated by...
Energy and Commerce Committee Probes HHS on Temporary High Risk Insurance
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today released a letter sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking details on the temporary $5 billion Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was created by the massive health overhaul. Upton and Stearns noted that enrollment has fallen well short of expectations despite the administration's predictions of widespread public support and billions of dollars allocated for the new program. There is substantial public interest in...
Inhofe, Upton, Whitfield Statement on Protecting Jobs by Blocking Harmful GHG Regulatory Tax
WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield issued the following statement today regarding a federal energy tax under the Clean Air Act:
"It is no secret that we believe the administration's proposed greenhouse gas regulatory regime poses a significant threat to job creation and economic recovery. President Obama has spoken in recent days about a balanced approach to regulation and our nation's energy future. We share...
Upton Comments on President's Address to Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement in response to the President's State of the Union Address to Congress:
"Innovation is a great American trait, a defining characteristic that can be seen in our entrepreneurial spirit and our ground-breaking industries and advancements. Fostering innovation is a laudable national goal that knows no party boundaries. As we pursue the policies of the future, we must follow the path defined by the desires of the American people. All...
Upton Statement on EPA's Boiler MACT Rulemaking
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today warned the Environmental Protection Agency's final "Boiler MACT Rules," expected in February, pose significant economic risk and underscore the dangers of the agency's flawed regulatory tactics. Last week a federal district court denied the EPA's request for a 15-month extension on the final emissions standards for boilers and incinerators - rules that will affect thousands of manufacturing and industrial facilities, small businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, and local and federal agencies.
"This EPA has a track record...
In Wake of Executive Order, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to Examine Administration's Regulatory Reforms WEDNESDAY
WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, January 26, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing entitled The Views of the Administration on Regulatory Reform. Chairman Fred Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns look forward to discussing the Obama administration's regulatory executive order and determining its impact on jobs and the economy. Upton and Stearns are especially concerned with the chilling effect unnecessary government mandates are having upon job growth.
In a January...
Chairman Upton's Remarks from Committee Organizational Meeting
Good morning. I want to welcome the Members of the Committee, staff, and guests to the Organizational Meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 112th Congress. The Chair will recognize himself for a few opening remarks.
I am honored that my Republican Colleagues have the confidence in my ability to serve as Chairman of this great Committee. I thank them for bestowing that trust and honor. I will not let you down.
I remember well years ago my disappointment when a friend by the name...
Energy and Commerce Committee Launches Probe of New Health Care Bureaucracy
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman-designate Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today released a letter sent to the director of the new Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) seeking information about the office's authority, structure, and recent decisions to grant widespread waivers of the health care law's requirements. The CCIIO was created as a result of the controversial health care law enacted last year and has broad authority over the private health insurance coverage relied upon by...