Committee Members Urge EPA to Ensure Continued Access to Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhalers
WASHINGTON, DC - Several members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to take all appropriate action to allow consumers to continue to have access to over-the-counter, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based inhalers that have already been manufactured until non-CFC inhalers are available over-the-counter. Without action by EPA, patients suffering from asthma who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will lose access to existing supplies of this medication at the end of this year. The members are urging EPA to temporarily allow existing...
Members Discuss Natural Gas Revolution With Leading Energy Experts
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee met with leading energy policy experts this week to discuss the natural gas revolution. Hosted by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Monday's bipartisan Jobs and Innovation Forum explored how new technologies to capture shale gas have transformed the nation's energy landscape and economy. In recent years, our ability to access massive supplies of natural gas has brought down energy prices, created hundreds of thousands of jobs, and generated billions of dollars in economic output.
Health Subcommittee Votes to Repeal CLASS Program
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today approved H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011, which repeals the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program, by a voice vote. On October 14, 2011, the Obama administration halted implementation of CLASS, a controversial long-term entitlement program included in President Obama's health care law. However, despite the administration's admission that the program is unworkable, the program remains on the books.
"The intent behind the CLASS...
Committee Releases Report on the Workload of the Federal Communications Commission
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee today released a report on the Workload of the Federal Communications Commission. The report is a summary of data, requested by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), regarding the number of complaints, petitions, applications, and other pending items at the Commission.
Walden said, "This staff report confirms what everyone already knows: Chairman Genachowski has improved many of the processes of the Commission, but there is...
Walden Schedules FCC, FEMA Briefing on Emergency Alert System Test
Washington, D.C. - Following last week's National Emergency Alert System test, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) has scheduled a bipartisan member briefing with the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency to review the test results and discuss ways to improve.
"By many accounts, last week's test had major problems," Rep. Walden said. "In my home state of Oregon, most -if not all -stations didn't even receive the signal. Soon afterward, I contacted FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and FEMA to request a briefing...
Upton Welcomes Supreme Court Review of President Obama's Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to the health care law: "Everyone from business operators and individual citizens to lawmakers and scholars have questioned the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law, and we have always known that it would ultimately fall to the Supreme Court to strike down this unprecedented overreach into citizens' lives, health care choices, and wallets. The American people should not be forced to...
Upton and Stearns Statement on White House's Initial Response to Solyndra Subpoena
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee this afternoon received a series of internal White House documents and emails produced in response to subpoenas issued by the committee on November 3, 2011. The committee served subpoenas to the Executive Offices of the President and Vice President in conjunction with its investigation, launched nearly nine months ago, into the $535 million loan guarantee made by the Department of Energy to now-bankrupt Solyndra under the 2009 stimulus law.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)...