Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hears from Energy Secretary Chu in Ongoing Solyndra Investigation
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today held a hearing with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the failed Solyndra loan guarantee. Members questioned the review and approval of the $535 million loan guarantee, specifically pressing the Secretary to explain why the administration ignored the clear warning signs that accurately predicted the deal was a bad bet for taxpayers. "We have been methodically investigating the circumstances surrounding Solyndra's failure for nine months now and have...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Approves Legislation to Increase Transparency and Efficiency at FCC
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today approved the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 3309) by a vote of 14 to 9, and the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2011 (H.R. 3310) by voice vote. These bills improve the way the FCC operates by increasing transparency, predictability, and consistency as part of Republicans' ongoing effort to ensure the commission's work encourages job creation, investment, and innovation.
"The legislation we approved...
Energy Secretary Chu Slated to Testify TOMORROW in Ongoing Solyndra Probe
**NOTE TIME CHANGE: Hearing Now Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET** WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, November 17, 2011, on "The Solyndra Failure: Views from DOE Secretary Chu." The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and will include testimony from the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu. The hearing is part of an ongoing investigation into the $535 million Department of Energy loan...
Upton Welcomes GAO Recommendations for Enhanced Planning and Collaboration in Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research & Development
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today welcomed recommendations in a new GAO report regarding the Department of Energy's nuclear fuel cycle research and development efforts. Upton requested the report with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and former Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA). GAO's review found that DOE should enhance its planning and its collaboration with industry and other countries in pursing such research and development.
Upton made the following statement on the report's recommendations:
"Nuclear energy is a critical part...
Walden Schedules FCC, FEMA Briefing on Emergency Alert System Test
Washington, D.C. - Following last week's National Emergency Alert System test, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) has scheduled a bipartisan member briefing with the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency to review the test results and discuss ways to improve.
"By many accounts, last week's test had major problems," Rep. Walden said. "In my home state of Oregon, most -if not all -stations didn't even receive the signal. Soon afterward, I contacted FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and FEMA to request a briefing...
Committee Members Urge EPA to Ensure Continued Access to Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhalers
WASHINGTON, DC - Several members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to take all appropriate action to allow consumers to continue to have access to over-the-counter, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based inhalers that have already been manufactured until non-CFC inhalers are available over-the-counter. Without action by EPA, patients suffering from asthma who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will lose access to existing supplies of this medication at the end of this year. The members are urging EPA to temporarily allow existing...
Members Discuss Natural Gas Revolution With Leading Energy Experts
WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee met with leading energy policy experts this week to discuss the natural gas revolution. Hosted by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Monday's bipartisan Jobs and Innovation Forum explored how new technologies to capture shale gas have transformed the nation's energy landscape and economy. In recent years, our ability to access massive supplies of natural gas has brought down energy prices, created hundreds of thousands of jobs, and generated billions of dollars in economic output.
Health Subcommittee Votes to Repeal CLASS Program
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), 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 voice vote. 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.
"The intent behind the CLASS...