Energy and Commerce Adopts Oversight Plan and Approves Protect Life Act, Additional Health Care Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today adopted a Committee Oversight Plan for the 112th Congress and passed four pieces of health care legislation: the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358; the Veterinary Public Health Workforce and Education Act, H.R. 525; the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act, H.R. 528; and the Dental Emergency Responder Act, H.R.570.
"The committee's oversight efforts will focus on cutting government spending through the elimination of waste, fraud, and abuse;...
Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Learns of Burdensome Environmental Regulations Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and the Economy Subcommittee today held a hearing on "Environmental Regulations, the Economy, and Jobs." The panel, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), examined how and whether federal regulatory agencies are conducting the type of economic analysis necessary for policymakers to understand how regulations affect employers' ability to retain workers and hire new ones, and avoid unnecessary cost burdens. Witnesses from the small business, manufacturing, and industrial communities elaborated how misguided environmental regulations were harming job growth...
Walden to Offer Amendment to Block Funds for Implementation of Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that he is offering an amendment to the Continuing Resolution to prohibit the FCC from using funds to implement the controversial internet regulations that the commission adopted in December.
"The recent attempts of the FCC to regulate the internet through the imposition of net neutrality rules is a solution in search of a problem," said Walden, who prepared the amendment in consultation with Appropriations Committee members Reps. Tom Graves (R-GA)...
Upton Statement on President's Budget Request
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's FY 2012 budget request:
"Our fiscal situation is dire, and our need for policies that promote job creation is urgent. In the last two years we have seen stunning growth in the size and scope of the federal government, and with it, a similarly dramatic increase in government spending and red ink. Job creators have been pushed to the economic sidelines because of the long-term threat...
Health Subcommittee Approves Protect Life Act, Additional Health Care Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today passed four pieces of health care legislation: the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358; the Veterinary Public Health Workforce and Education Act, H.R. 525; the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act, H.R. 528; and the Dental Emergency Responder Act, H.R.570.
The Protect Life Act, authored by Subcommittee Chairman Pitts, prohibits federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under the recently enacted health care law. The language is...
Energy & Power Subcommittee Republicans Fight to Protect American Jobs and Families from EPA's Relentless Push to Implement Cap-and-Trade through Regulation
CNBC: Chairman Upton Highlights the "Energy Tax Prevention Act" to Protect American Jobs...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Examines How Middle East Events Affect U.S. Energy Supplies and Market Stability
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee today held a hearing on "The Effects of Middle East Events on U.S. Energy Markets." The panel, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), focused on steps the U.S. could take to reduce our reliance on energy imported from the Middle East.
"Events in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, and Yemen show how uncertain and dangerous this world is. Furthermore, these developments show how the price of oil can bend to the will of protesters thousands...
Upton, Walden Respond to President's Broadband Proposals
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today released the following statements after President Obama unveiled his proposal to increase spending for wireless broadband and reallocate spectrum previously slated for auction:
"Today the Energy and Commerce Committee is beginning hearings to examine the approximately $7 billion already allocated for broadband services in the stimulus," said Upton. "Before we target any more of our scarce taxpayer dollars for broadband, it...