Committee Votes to Repeal Controversial CLASS Program
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), 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 vote of 33 to 17. 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.
"None of us was...
Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Rural America from Regulatory Overreach
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty for rural America. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the full committee with bipartisan support by a vote of 33 to 16.
The legislation was authored by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA) and is currently co-sponsored by over 115 Republicans and Democrats. The bill is needed to protect America's farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses from continued uncertainty around...
Walden Unveils Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today unveiled the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011. The JOBS Act will advance wireless broadband service, spur billions of dollars in private investment, create thousands of jobs, help bring interoperable broadband communications to public safety officials, and reduce the deficit by approximately $15 billion. The legislation is the culmination of five hearings and extensive bipartisan negotiations to use voluntary incentive auctions to make more efficient and effective...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Respond to Growing Reliability Concerns
WASHINGTON, DC - Federal regulators charged with ensuring the reliability of the nation's electric grid are meeting this week to discuss the potential consequences of a slew of new EPA regulations. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is hosting the technical conference in response to concerns that new EPA rules will threaten electric reliability and increase electricity prices. FERC had seemed reluctant to undertake a closer review of the reliability impacts of EPA's power sector rules until an Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing highlighted these critical concerns.
Upton, Walden Scrutinize the FCC's Internal Procedures in Recent Universal Service Reform Effort
WASHINGTON, DC - As the committee prepares to vote on legislation to increase transparency and accountability at the Federal Communications Commission, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today expressed concern regarding the lack of transparency surrounding the FCC's recent universal service proceedings.
The chairmen wrote, "Given the keen interest of Congress in seeing the FCC's internal procedures subjected to public scrutiny, we are particularly concerned with the Commission's recent conduct with respect to...
Upton Announces Energy and Commerce Agenda to Conclude Action-Packed 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, today outlined an aggressive year-end agenda for the panel, including House floor action, committee votes, and key hearings. Upton offered details on his plans to move a series of bills through the committee and the full U.S. House of Representatives to cap a congressional session defined by legislative achievements to protect and create jobs, reduce the federal deficit, and protect American families.
"Job growth has been our focus from...
Walden Announces Plans to Advance Spectrum Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced plans to schedule a vote on legislation to significantly expand the availability of spectrum for wireless broadband buildout and support the creation of a nationwide, interoperable, broadband public safety network. The bill is expected to spur significant job creation, technological innovation, and deficit reduction. The soon-to-be introduced legislation is called the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011. "Spectrum legislation is a longstanding priority for both parties and...
Upton Statement on Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, issued the following statement on congressional efforts to reduce the deficit and create jobs:
"I spent the last three months as one of 12 members who faced steep odds to find agreement, but who shared an understanding that our fiscal challenges cannot be ignored. I am bitterly disappointed that we were not able to find enough common ground to deliver...