Committee Leaders Press HHS on Addition of Millions of Middle Class to Medicaid
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding more information on whether the administration was aware that millions of middle class Americans could qualify for, and in some cases be forced into, Medicaid and whether the administration supports efforts to repeal the relevant provision in the health care law that no longer counts Social Security benefits as income. On March 30, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chief Actuary Rick...
On Eve of Solyndra Hearing, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Demands Cooperation from OMB Head
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is demanding answers and cooperation from Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew regarding an ongoing investigation of a stimulus loan guarantee awarded to Solyndra, Inc. Stearns' request comes on the eve of a Subcommittee hearing on "OMB's Role in the DOE Loan Guarantee Process," scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients is slated to...
Upton Statement on President's Decision to Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement today in response to the Administration's announcement that it plans to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve:
"The bottom line is this - it's hard to believe that the Administration would rather tap into our emergency supply than support legislation to produce and develop North American supplies, which will create American jobs.
"The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was designed for energy emergencies, not political convenience. Releasing our...
Committee Approves Legislation to Increase North American Energy Production and Create Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today approved legislation to create jobs and reduce our dependence on OPEC oil. The North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) passed the committee with bipartisan support by a vote of 33 to 13. The North American-Made Energy Security Act, authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Mike Ross (AR), will expedite a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would allow millions of barrels of Canadian oil supplies to flow...
Committee Leaders Follow Up on FCC's Plans to Identify Job-Crushing Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a follow-up letter to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein to further discuss independent agencies' cooperation with President Obama's Executive Order to identify and eliminate burdensome regulations. Sunstein appeared before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on June 3 and testified that, to date, only one independent agency had provided a plan. Even though the Executive Order does not bind independent agencies to participate, the Federal Communications Commission has also agreed to cooperate...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Discusses FCC Process Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today continued efforts to protect jobs and innovation and discussed ways to ease regulatory burdens. The subcommittee discussed draft legislation to reform the Federal Communications Commission's processes, codifying best practices to ensure consistency from issue to issue and from one commission to the next.
"The communications and technology sector is one of the largest drivers of our economy," said Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). "At a time when overall...
House Approves Legislation to Spur American Energy Production and Job Growth
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to create jobs and strengthen America's energy security today with passage of H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act. The measure, which is part of the GOP's American Energy Initiative, passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 253 to 166.
The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act, authored by Reps. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gene Green (D-TX), will eliminate the administration's bureaucratic delays that have stalled offshore energy production in the Outer Continental Shelf. Development of these...
Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Additional Time for EPA to Fix Boiler Rules and Save Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC - Responding to urgent calls from job creators across a range of industries, bipartisan members of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce have introduced H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. The proposal, which directs EPA to develop achievable standards affecting non-utility boilers and incinerators and grants additional time for development of and compliance with the rules, was offered by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), together with Reps. John Barrow (D-GA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Pete...