Committee Leaders Request Briefing from Jensen Farms on Listeria Outbreak
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to Jensen Farms to request a staff briefing on the recent outbreak of Listeria that originated in cantaloupe at the farm in Granada, Colorado.
Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Chairmen Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX) and John Dingell (D-MI) wrote, "The committee has a long bipartisan history of conducting food safety oversight and...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Welcome Bipartisan Senate Bill to Protect Jobs, Ensure Safe Reuse and Disposal of Coal Ash
WASHINGTON, DC - Key members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today praised a bipartisan proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate to establish a framework for the safe management and disposal of coal combustion residuals. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) applauded the introduced Senate bill, which aligns with H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which passed the House last week. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Michael Enzi (R-WY),...
Repeal CLASS Working Group Continues to Press HHS on Failed Health Care Component
Washington, D.C. - Members of the Bicameral Repeal CLASS Working Group sent a letter October 20 to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius reiterating earlier questions about her knowledge of the flawed financial structure of the controversial Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, which was created in President Obama's health care law. Members of the House/Senate group also asked Sebelius for her explanation about conflicting statements made by HHS officials regarding the program's future.
For over a year before CLASS became...
DOE Says Author of Solyndra Restructuring Legal Memo Cannot be Interviewed Under Oath
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are urging Energy Secretary Steven Chu to make DOE officials available for transcribed interviews under oath as part of the committee's ongoing Solyndra investigation. Among other DOE officials, committee investigators are interested in interviewing Susan Richardson, Chief Counsel of the DOE Loan Programs Office and author of the DOE legal memorandum on restructuring the Solyndra loan guarantee which violated the plain letter of the law. On October 18,...
Committee Leaders Renew Request for Internal White House Solyndra Documents
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) wrote to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler renewing their request for all internal White House communications related to Solyndra. The White House recently informed the committee that it would not turn over any internal documents related to Solyndra. Upton and Stearns initially requested the internal communications on October 5, 2011 after documents revealed the President's closest confidantes monitored the Solyndra loan.
In the letter to...
White House Refuses to Turn Over Internal Solyndra Documents
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) responded to the recent letter from White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that the White House would not provide internal White House communications related to Solyndra. On October 5, 2011, the committee leaders requested the internal communications after recently produced documents revealed the President's closest confidantes monitored the Solyndra loan.
Upton and Stearns made the following statement:
"What is the White House trying to hide?...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Leaders Welcome "Bill Shock" Agreement to Inform Consumers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Lee Terry (R-NE), the chairman and vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today welcomed news of an agreement reached by the Federal Communications Commission and the wireless industry to avert "bill shock" among wireless users. The agreement calls for carriers to alert consumers before they reach their wireless plan limits, giving them advance warning before they accrue additional charges. Notably, the agreement for an industry standard to improve disclosure to consumers comes through consultation...
Committee Members Introduce FDA Reform Package to Protect American Patients, Jobs, and Medical Innovation
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States for decades has led the global medical device industry, providing life-saving and life-improving devices to patients and employing more than two million people in device-related jobs. However, the Food and Drug Administration's unpredictable, inconsistent, and non-transparent handling of the review process has threatened our nation's medical device leadership, hurting patients, American jobs, and innovation. After hearing from patients, inventors, investors, and employers, committee members from both sides of the aisle introduced ten legislative solutions to improve the predictability, consistency, and transparency of...