Committee Approves Subpoena After White House Fails to Turn Over Internal Solyndra Documents
"The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears."- President Barack Obama, January 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today voted to subpoena documents from the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President relating to the Solyndra loan guarantee. The issuance of the subpoena is the next investigative...
Energy and Commerce Members Urge President to Approve Keystone Pipeline for the Sake of Jobs and Energy Security
WASHINGTON, DC - Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee took to the House floor today to urge President Obama to approve the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring much-needed jobs and secure energy supplies to the United States.
This summer, the House passed H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act, requiring the president to issue a decision on the pipeline by November 1, 2011. Democratic opponents in the Senate and White House mocked the bill and called it "unnecessary"...
Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Provide Certainty to Rural America by Preventing Costly EPA Regulations on Farm Dust
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty and regulatory relief to America's farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the panel by a vote of 12-9 and now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. H.R. 1633, introduced by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA), addresses the threat of increased federal regulation of dust by preventing...
Walden, Heller Unveil FCC Process Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today unveiled legislation,H.R. 3309 and H.R. 3310, to improve the way the Federal Communications Commission operates by improving transparency, predictability, and consistency as part of Republicans' ongoing effort to ensure the commission's work encourages job creation, investment, and innovation.
Walden said, "At a time when job creators are crippled with regulatory uncertainty, Congress has the obligation to ensure that federal agencies carry out...
Despite Committee Leaders' Bipartisan Outreach to Avoid Subpoena, White House Fails to Turn Over Requested Documents – Committee Will Seek Subpoena of White House Solyndra Documents THURSDAY at 9:00a.m.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today met with White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in the ongoing effort to gain White House cooperation and obtain internal White House communications related to the ongoing Solyndra investigation. The committee leaders also invited Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), who were in attendance. Today's meeting also follows Chairman Upton's communications to White House Chief of Staff William Daley last Thursday,...
Pitts Statement on Drug Shortages
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) today released the following statement in response to President Obama's Executive Order to address the drug shortages crisis. "I am bewildered as to how the administration can claim that they can't wait for Congress to address drug shortages since we have been anxiously awaiting a report promised by the administration at our hearing over a month ago," said Pitts. "The issue is complex and witnesses, including HHS, testified at our hearing that there are...
Walden, Heller to Host Press Conference on FCC Process Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) will host a press conference on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in the Senate Press Gallery. Chairman Walden and Senator Heller will unveil sensible legislation to improve the way the Federal Communications Commission operates by improving transparency, predictability, and consistency as part of Republicans' ongoing effort to ensure the commission's work encourages job creation, investment, or innovation in the sector.
Who: Rep. Greg...
Committee Prepares to Seek Subpoena of White House Documents
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today announced the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is preparing to hold a business meeting on Thursday, November 3, 2011, to consider a resolution authorizing the issuance of a subpoena for internal White House communications relating to the Solyndra loan guarantee. The authorization for the subpoena is the next investigative step in ensuring congressional access to documents that are specifically relevant to the Solyndra investigation. The meeting comes only after the White House has denied requests for internal White House...