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...
Stearns Comments on Reports that White House Plans Review of DOE Loan Guarantee Program in Wake of Solyndra Fiasco
WASHINGTON, DC - Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today responded to news reports that the White House is conducting a 60-day review of Energy Department loan guarantees in the wake of the high-profile bankruptcy of the program's first recipient, Solyndra. Energy and Commerce Committee leaders also 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...
Walden, Rogers Urge President to Practice His Own "Common Sense Test"
WASHINGTON, DC - Reiterating longstanding concerns about a controversial plan to impose new government rules for the Internet, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) today urged the president to pull back the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Two weeks after the president made a commitment before the joint session of Congress to cut down on government regulations, the administration proceeded to publish the burdensome Internet rules in the Federal Register, triggering lawsuits and starting the clock for expedited action in...
Energy Secretary Chu to Testify on Solyndra November 17
WASHINGTON, DC - Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today announced that Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify on Thursday, November 17, 2011, regarding the ongoing investigation of the $535 million loan guarantee to now-bankrupt Solyndra. Further details for the hearing will be announced when they are available. Mr. Stearns made the following statement:
"We appreciate Secretary Chu making himself available and look forward to hearing his testimony on DOE's involvement with the half-billion dollar loan to Solyndra. We hope he will finally provide answers...
Ongoing Investigation Reveals Chinese Firms Linked to Contaminated Heparin Still Supplying Crude Heparin to U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are pressing the Food and Drug Administration for answers as part of their investigation of the now 3-year unsolved case of toxic and sometimes lethal contaminated heparin supplies that were imported from China and given to U.S. patients. Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), Health Subcommittee Vice Chairman Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) have identified very serious public health concerns arising...
Keystone Kops: Will Obama Administration EVER Make a Decision on Major Job-Creation, Energy-Security Project?
On July 26, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to require President Barack Obama to make a final decision on the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. It may seem unusual for Congress to have to publicly vote on a bill that simply asks the president to do his job; unfortunately, such action is warranted as the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline continues to languish and workers continue to wait for the Obama administration to make a decision.
Subcommittee Examines Legislation to Settle Farm Dust Uncertainty
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), held a hearing to discuss legislation to provide much-needed regulatory certainty to rural America. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, will prevent EPA from changing its current standard for coarse particulate matter, commonly referred to as dust, for one year from enactment. The bill also provides flexibility for state, local, or tribal regulation of "nuisance dust," generated from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth...
Committee Continues Long Overdue Oversight of Federal Spending – Seeks Answers on $2 Trillion in Unspent Funding
WASHINGTON, DC - In the ongoing effort to conduct oversight of federal spending, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its examination of four government agencies and their efforts to implement the president's pledge to conduct a "page by page, line by line" review of the federal budget to cut obsolete programs and eliminate wasteful or unnecessary spending. Recent testimony provided by the federal government's accounting arm (the Government Accountability Office, or GAO) to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee revealed nearly $2 trillion in funding set aside...