Subcommittees Examine Food Marketing Restrictions, Effects on Families and Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a joint hearing today to examine the Interagency Working Group's proposed food marketing principles. In 2009, Congress formed an Interagency Working Group, comprised of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to complete a study on food marketing to children and report back to Congress. Instead of providing the study, the IWG proposed an overreaching set of "voluntary" principles.
Energy and Commerce Leaders Applaud House Approval of Long-Awaited Trade Agreements to Create Jobs and Boost America's Competitiveness
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee today welcomed passage of three long-awaited trade pacts that will help create jobs and grow our economy. The agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea passed the House with wide bipartisan margins, opening the door for significant new U.S. exports and paving the way to create an estimated 250,000 American jobs. Earlier this spring, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade hosted a hearing to examine how exports can foster job growth. Members and...
Democrats and Republicans are working toward bipartisan legislation on pipeline safety
Kalamazoo GazetteDemocrats and Republicans are working toward bipartisan legislation on pipeline safety By Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and John Dingell (D-MI)October 11, 2011
With the many challenges facing our nation, Americans are looking for bipartisan leadership in Washington. That is especially true here in Michigan, where unemployment has hovered above 10 percent for nearly three years and the recent economic downturn has further magnified problems for our state's manufacturers and small businesses. People want their elected leaders to find common ground where they can,...
Upton, Stearns Discover Treasury Department Believed DOE Violated Law in Restructuring Solyndra Loan
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) have uncovered new information as part of their ongoing investigation into the $535 million loan guarantee to now-bankrupt Solyndra about the level of disagreement among federal agencies about how the loan guarantee was handled. The committee has learned that the Treasury Department was concerned that the Department of Energy's restructuring of the Solyndra Loan in early 2011 was in violation of the law. Despite the plain letter of...
Committee Leaders Renew Calls for Details on Financial Condition of All Loan Recipients in Solyndra Program
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) joined every member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in once again calling on the Secretary of Energy to turn over information on the financial condition of each loan guarantee funded with stimulus dollars in the program that granted the ill-fated Solyndra loan, known as section 1705 loan guarantees. Committee leaders had previously requested the financial information on September 20, 2011, before the agency rushed out the remaining $9 billion before the program expired on September...
Joint Select Committee Members Urge President Obama to Consider Options for Government Spectrum Reallocation
WASHINGTON, DC - Four members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction today sent a letter to President Obama requesting a review of how spectrum currently used by the federal government can be used more efficiently, with a goal to reallocate portions of existing government spectrum to expand the public's access to broadband. The letter was sent by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA). The full text of the letter follows:
Dear Mr. President:
Upton, Stearns Comment on Explosive White House Documents on Solyndra
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) responded to documents the committee received late today from the Obama administration regarding the investigation into the $535 million Solyndra bust. Upton and Stearns made the following statement: "After eight months of stonewalling by this administration, today we finally learn one of the reasons why they fought our investigation every step of the way. The paper trail released by the White House portrays a disturbingly...
Upton, Stearns Comment on Resignation of DOE Loan Guarantee Chief
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) responded today to news that Jonathan Silver, Executive Director of the Department of Energy's Loans Programs Office, is resigning. Silver, who was responsible for doling out $18 billion in stimulus loan guarantees, appeared before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on September 14, 2011, for a hearing on "Solyndra and the DOE Loan Guarantee Program." Upton and Stearns made the following statement:
"Mr. Silver's resignation does not solve...