Blue Ribbon Commission Underscores Urgent Need for Reform of Nuclear Waste Management Program
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), held a hearing today to discuss the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. Members welcomed several of the commission's recommendations, which propose a series of reforms to help solve our nation's growing nuclear waste challenge.
Former Congressman Lee Hamilton and General Brent Scowcroft, co-chairmen of the commission, testified on the commission's findings over the past two years. Hamilton and Scowcroft warned of the dire...
Upton Urges Senate to Repeal $80 Billion Budget Gimmick Hidden in the Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today urged the Senate to follow the House's action and repeal the CLASS Act after the House approved the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act, H.R. 1173, with a bipartisan vote of 267 to 159.
"During the health care debate, many unbiased analysts and even President Obama's own experts repeatedly warned the law's authors that the program was structured to collapse and leave taxpayers holding the bag. Yet they moved forward with it anyway and claimed credit...
Upton Names New Energy and Commerce General Counsel
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, today announced that Mike Bloomquist has been named General Counsel for the committee. Bloomquist succeeds Jim Barnette, who has served as General Counsel under four GOP chairmen during his time on the Energy and Commerce Committee staff. Currently the committee's Deputy General Counsel, Bloomquist also served as General Counsel to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
"Mike Bloomquist is a seasoned professional with the knowledge and skill to assume the...
Health Subcommittee Outlines Key Legislative Priorities
WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) outlined a 2012 agenda that focuses on job creation and medical innovation, with Congress continuing to dismantle a broken and unpopular law and creating in its place the framework for a health care system that puts patients first. The agenda includes: Prioritizing Patients, Protecting Jobs, and Promoting InnovationThe Health Subcommittee begins its work in the new year with a series of hearings in preparation for reauthorization of the drug and medical device user fee programs....
"(Q)uestions will be asked as to why the Administration made a bad investment not just once but twice"
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Presses Google on Privacy Changes
WASHINGTON, DC - Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) sent a letter to Google requesting a briefing on the company's recently announced privacy changes. Members have concerns over how the changes will impact Google's users, specifically users' ability to opt out of information sharing and data collection.
"We applaud the move toward a shorter, simpler, streamlined policy, and believe that easier-to-understand terms of service are in the best interest of consumers. We are concerned, however, with...
Committee Leaders Seek Collaboration with Herb Allison Before DOE Loan Guarantee Audit is Released
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are seeking collaboration from former Treasury official Herbert Allison as he concludes his 60-day review of DOE's 1705 loan guarantee program. Two out of the first three loan guarantee recipients, Solyndra and Beacon Power, have filed for bankruptcy, leaving taxpayers on the hook for over half a billion dollars. The Committee leaders have been concerned with the health and management of the overall program. They...
Congressional Republicans Ask CMS to Clarify Changes Required by Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Committee on Finance today sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting an update on plans to change the calculation used to determine reimbursement rates for prescription drugs in Medicaid. The president's health care law requires CMS to revise the formula for reimbursing pharmacies for generic and multiple source drugs in Medicaid programs by using the Average Manufacturer Price, or AMP, to set Federal Upper Limits. Despite the president's...