Upton: We're Ready to Get this Done
WASHINGTON, DC - With a vote this afternoon reaffirming their support for the House's Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, members of the U.S. House of Representatives remain in Washington, D.C. waiting on Senate Democrats to return from their early vacation so Congress can pass a year-long extension of expiring payroll tax relief. U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) is one of eight House Republicans named to a congressional conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate and send a...
GAO Report on IPCC Spending Underscores Need for More Oversight of U.S. Funding, Better Accounting to Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - The Government Accountability Office released today the first detailed accounting of the degree of U.S. financial support for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report was initiated in May 2010 at the request of Energy and Commerce Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), who asked GAO to examine the extent to which the IPCC and the U.S. Department of State took to steps to ensure U.S. taxpayer funds were being spent appropriately.
GAO found that the State...
Energy and Commerce Members Introduce Bill To Facilitate Hydropower Production
WASHINGTON, DC -Bipartisan members of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce today introduced a bill to promote the expanded development and use of hydropower. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) co-authored H.R. 3680, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2011, to help facilitate and advance hydropower projects across the country.
"This bipartisan legislation will create jobs and ensure that America maintains its competitive advantage in the energy sector. As the largest renewable electricity source in the United States, hydropower has the potential to...
Energy and Commerce Members Seek Update on Efforts to Combat Medicare Fraud
WASHINGTON, DC - In an ongoing effort to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in federal programs, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today requested an update on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare oversight. Members requested an update on the efforts of Zone Program Integrity Contractors and Medicare Administrative Contractors, which are tasked with identifying Medicare fraud and collecting overpayments. To evaluate how effectively these contractors are policing misuse of Medicare funds, the members requested information on the total...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Press Administration Regarding EPA's Costly Utility Rule
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee continue to raise concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's pending Utility MACT rule. Recent analyses conclude this new rule, together with other EPA pending or recently finalized power sector rules, will threaten the reliability of the nation's electric grid and increase electricity prices. Although these concerns have not been fully reviewed and adequately addressed by EPA, a final rule is expected in the coming days. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed...
Upton Statement on the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today made the following statement during House consideration of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630):
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Text of Remarks:
"This bill does a lot of things. It has real reforms. It's driven in large part by the unemployment reforms, extending the payroll tax cut, and it's all paid for. Most Americans don't really want unemployment. They want a job.
Upton Praises Job-Creating Provisions of Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today urged support for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, citing its ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs during a time of record unemployment. "The same day we are voting to extend unemployment benefits, we are actually doing something about jobs for the people that are unemployed," said Upton. To view Upton's full remarks, click here.
Committee Leaders Decry Coordinated Attacks on NRC Commissioners
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today expressed disbelief and concern with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko's apparent coordinated efforts with lawmakers to malign the independent agency's four commissioners. Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) are currently conducting an investigation into the administration's termination of the Yucca Mountain repository, and what the Commission's actions mean for our long-term nuclear safety. On June 14, 2011, NRC Inspector General Hubert Bell