On 2nd Anniversary of the Stimulus, Upton Seeks Answers from Dept. of Energy on Half Billion Dollar Bust
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) marked the second anniversary of the stimulus bill by seeking answers from the Department of Energy (DOE) on its inaugural $535 million stimulus loan guarantee awarded in March of 2009. Solyndra, Inc. of Fremont, California, was the first recipient of a DOE stimulus loan; the highly publicized award was to finance construction of a new manufacturing facility for solar panels that was expected to create thousands of jobs. Since the announcement, the firm has proceeded to...
Pitts, Upton Push to Ease Delays in Medical Device Regulatory Process to Benefit Patients, Spur Job Growth
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today held a hearing to examine the impact of medical device regulations on patients and jobs. During the hearing, members of the subcommittee questioned the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Device and Radiological Health Director Jeffrey Shuren about recent reports that small businesses and device companies are being forced to market their devices first in Europe because the EU countries have a more predictable and consistent regulatory process.
"Multiple studies have...
Whitfield Discusses Need to Hit "the Pause Button" on EPA Regulation While Congress Prepares to Act
WASHINGTON, DC - This evening on the House Floor, Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) engaged in a colloquy with Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) to discuss provisions in the Continuing Resolution government funding package that would temporarily block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. This temporary halt on the EPA's overreaching regulatory efforts will happen in conjunction with efforts to permanently make clear that such regulations were never envisioned by Congress under current law.
Walden, Upton Join Senate Leaders in Unveiling Resolution to Reverse FCC's Controversial Internet Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC - House and Senate leaders on communications and technology policy today formally introduced a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. Leading the effort in the House are Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and others to introduce identical legislation in the Senate. The Resolution...
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Probes New Bureaucracy Responsible for Granting Widespread Waivers for Massive Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing today examining the new bureaucracy responsible for granting widespread waivers for the massive health care law. The subcommittee heard from the officials responsible for granting the waivers, Steve Larsen, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), and Jay Angoff, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and former Director of the Office for Consumer Information and Insurance...
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)...