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...
Upton Welcomes Supreme Court Review of President Obama's Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to the health care law: "Everyone from business operators and individual citizens to lawmakers and scholars have questioned the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law, and we have always known that it would ultimately fall to the Supreme Court to strike down this unprecedented overreach into citizens' lives, health care choices, and wallets. The American people should not be forced to...
Upton and Stearns Statement on White House's Initial Response to Solyndra Subpoena
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee this afternoon received a series of internal White House documents and emails produced in response to subpoenas issued by the committee on November 3, 2011. The committee served subpoenas to the Executive Offices of the President and Vice President in conjunction with its investigation, launched nearly nine months ago, into the $535 million loan guarantee made by the Department of Energy to now-bankrupt Solyndra under the 2009 stimulus law.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)...
Committee Leaders Continue to Seek Good Faith Efforts of Compliance from White House Regarding Solyndra Subpoenas
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) made the following statement today regarding the ongoing investigation into the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra and efforts by the White House to comply with a subpoena issued by the committee last week.
"This morning, the White House Counsel's Office informed the committee that it plans to begin providing responsive materials to the committee's subpoena. As we have said before, we stand ready to work...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Call President's Pipeline Delay "Unacceptable"
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today expressed deep disappointment in response to President Obama's delay of the Keystone XL pipeline decision. Instead of approving the pipeline, and allowing this construction project to move forward and create a massive infusion of American jobs, the President refused to issue a decision on the Presidential Permit and continued to delay the project by directing the State Department to come up with an alternate route. Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY),...
Leading Voices on Energy Policy to Convene for Jobs and Innovation Forum on Natural Gas Revolution
WASHINGTON, DC - Continuing this year's focus on job creation and innovative U.S. industries, members of Congress are announcing plans to host key energy policy experts to discuss the natural gas revolution that is creating American jobs and energy security. Scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2011 at 3 p.m. ET, this is the second installment of the Jobs and Innovation Forum series. Participants will engage in a roundtable discussion to explore how advances in shale gas technology have transformed U.S. natural gas markets and the entire energy landscape....
Whitfield Commends Senate Efforts on CSAPR, Urges Senate to Take Up TRAIN Act
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) today released the following statement in response to the Senate's vote on the resolution of disapproval for the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
"I share the concerns of many of my colleagues in the Senate regarding the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and I commend Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for bringing this issue to the Senate floor. The House weighed in earlier this fall with a bill that would ensure the federal government understands the costs...