Upton Statement on President's Budget Request
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's FY 2012 budget request:
"Our fiscal situation is dire, and our need for policies that promote job creation is urgent. In the last two years we have seen stunning growth in the size and scope of the federal government, and with it, a similarly dramatic increase in government spending and red ink. Job creators have been pushed to the economic sidelines because of the long-term threat...
Health Subcommittee Approves Protect Life Act, Additional Health Care Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today passed four pieces of health care legislation: the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358; the Veterinary Public Health Workforce and Education Act, H.R. 525; the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act, H.R. 528; and the Dental Emergency Responder Act, H.R.570.
The Protect Life Act, authored by Subcommittee Chairman Pitts, prohibits federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under the recently enacted health care law. The language is...
Energy & Power Subcommittee Republicans Fight to Protect American Jobs and Families from EPA's Relentless Push to Implement Cap-and-Trade through Regulation
CNBC: Chairman Upton Highlights the "Energy Tax Prevention Act" to Protect American Jobs...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Examines How Middle East Events Affect U.S. Energy Supplies and Market Stability
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee today held a hearing on "The Effects of Middle East Events on U.S. Energy Markets." The panel, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), focused on steps the U.S. could take to reduce our reliance on energy imported from the Middle East.
"Events in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, and Yemen show how uncertain and dangerous this world is. Furthermore, these developments show how the price of oil can bend to the will of protesters thousands...
Upton, Walden Respond to President's Broadband Proposals
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today released the following statements after President Obama unveiled his proposal to increase spending for wireless broadband and reallocate spectrum previously slated for auction:
"Today the Energy and Commerce Committee is beginning hearings to examine the approximately $7 billion already allocated for broadband services in the stimulus," said Upton. "Before we target any more of our scarce taxpayer dollars for broadband, it...
Walden Holds Stimulus Oversight Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today held a hearing to begin oversight of broadband spending allocated under the stimulus. Members heard from the Government Accountability Office and Inspectors General from the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce to address concerns over potential waste, fraud, and abuse. During the hearing, members also discussed draft legislation that would improve accountability and return unused or reclaimed funds to the U.S. Treasury.
"With today's hearing we begin exercising our...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Questions EPA Administrator on Runaway Regulations, Hears from Job Creators Speaking Out Against Cap-and-Trade Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today heard directly from stakeholders affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) controversial regulatory agenda during an examination of the Energy Tax Prevention Act. Subcommittee members also questioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on a range of actions and proposals from her agency that will drive up the cost of energy and make America less competitive. The draft legislation that was the subject of today's hearing is a sensible,...
Congressional Energy and Environmental Policy Leaders File Amicus Brief with Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC - Leading congressional energy and environmental policymakers today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in American Electric Power Company, et al. v. State of Connecticut, et al. to assert the sole prerogative and responsibility of the legislative and executive branches - not the judiciary - to address the environmental and economic issues of federal climate change policy. The brief, filed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Senate Environment and Public Works...