Upton Expresses Disappointment with Administration's "Lip Service" to Medical Liability Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - US House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today expressed his disappointment to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for refusing to work with Congress to implement serious medical malpractice reform. After President Obama announced his support for medical liability reform in this year's State of the Union address, committee leaders sent a letter to the president pledging to work with the administration on this issue. Nearly five months later, on June 16, Secretary Sebelius responded on behalf of the...
Committee Leaders Welcome Obama Effort to Prod Independent Agencies to Identify Job-Smothering Red Tape
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee leaders welcomed today's action by President Obama to encourage independent government agencies to identify and weed out outdated and onerous regulations that are undercutting job growth. The president's move follows regulatory czar Cass Sunstein's startling testimony last month to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee that independent agencies were not participating in the regulatory relief effort despite his urging. Last week, senior officials from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission testified...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Approves Bill to Analyze Impacts of EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today approved legislation to hold the Obama administration accountable for the total cost of EPA's wave of biggest rules. H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act, or TRAIN Act, was approved by the subcommittee by voice vote. The bipartisan bill now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. The TRAIN Act would require a cumulative analysis of major new rules...
Upton & Shimkus Press NRC Chairman for Answers On Yucca Mountain Safety Report
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) are pressing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for more answers and documents as part of their investigation into the Obama administration's efforts to terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. The letter comes on the heels of a recent subcommittee hearing where NRC scientists expressed frustrations over Chairman Jaczko's efforts to terminate their work on the third volume of the Safety Evaluation Report...
Upton Expresses Concern Over Impacts of EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) reiterated calls for careful regulation that protects jobs and affordable energy after the Obama administration today released its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule addressing power plant emissions.
"The goal for these rules should be reasonable regulation that protects public health and the environment while also preserving economic growth. Unfortunately, the unprecedented pace at which the administration is issuing major new rules that impose new costs and regulatory requirements on states, employers and consumers fails that basic test,"...
Obama Administration's Answer to Soaring Unemployment & Looming Debt Ceiling: "Breathe Easy, Jakarta"
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are demanding more answers from Obama EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on the agency's sending millions of taxpayer dollars overseas. Committee investigative staff recently released a report detailing 65 foreign grants (excluding Canada and Mexico) in excess of $27 million that the EPA has handed out since the stimulus was signed into law in February 2009. Further review of the EPA's database has revealed significant discrepancies.
For example, the EPA's database lists $15,000 for Indonesia's "Breathe...
Upton, Walden Statement on Estimated Burden of FCC's Internet Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's submission of its "Network Neutrality" rules to the Office of Management and Budget:
"More than six months after it adopted an order to regulate the Internet, the FCC has finally submitted the rules to the Office of Management and Budget, which must still review and approve the submission. The FCC's estimate of the paperwork burden has already tripled. One...
Health Subcommittee Examines FDA Regulatory Process
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today discussed reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which expires on September 30, 2012. Working properly, this program helps bring life-saving drugs to patients and promotes significant job creation while keeping America the hub of medical innovation. The subcommittee also examined how to improve the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process, as the FDA has become less transparent and increased the time it takes for products to reach...