Upton Urges NRC to Provide Certainty and Transparency in Reactor License Renewal Process to Protect Jobs and Affordable Power
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to provide greater transparency and certainty in the reactor license renewal process. Although the NRC timeline for renewal is typically 22 to 30 months, that process has unexpectedly doubled in some instances. The Pilgrim Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Vermont Yankee Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont, both submitted their renewal applications five years ago today. Both licenses are set to expire in 2012, yet...
Energy and Commerce Republicans Launch New Era of Transparency
The Committee's Republican members used the hearing to press Sunstein on conflicting statements from the administration about whether this...
Energy and Commerce Republicans Accept President's Offer to Pursue Medical Malpractice Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - The Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting specific legislation he would be willing to sign to achieve meaningful medical malpractice reform.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama said, "I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits." In response, the GOP membership of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to the...
Stearns Holds Hearing on Obama Administration's Plans for Regulatory Reform
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today concluded a hearing titled "The Views of the Administration on Regulatory Reform." Mr. Cass Sunstein, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, testified.
The President issued a new Executive Order to review regulations with a focus on reducing their burden and on promoting job growth. Early in the hearing, Stearns expressed concern over what appears to be an amorphous standard of review articulated by...
Energy and Commerce Committee Probes HHS on Temporary High Risk Insurance
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today released a letter sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking details on the temporary $5 billion Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was created by the massive health overhaul. Upton and Stearns noted that enrollment has fallen well short of expectations despite the administration's predictions of widespread public support and billions of dollars allocated for the new program. There is substantial public interest in...
Inhofe, Upton, Whitfield Statement on Protecting Jobs by Blocking Harmful GHG Regulatory Tax
WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield issued the following statement today regarding a federal energy tax under the Clean Air Act:
"It is no secret that we believe the administration's proposed greenhouse gas regulatory regime poses a significant threat to job creation and economic recovery. President Obama has spoken in recent days about a balanced approach to regulation and our nation's energy future. We share...
Upton Comments on President's Address to Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement in response to the President's State of the Union Address to Congress:
"Innovation is a great American trait, a defining characteristic that can be seen in our entrepreneurial spirit and our ground-breaking industries and advancements. Fostering innovation is a laudable national goal that knows no party boundaries. As we pursue the policies of the future, we must follow the path defined by the desires of the American people. All...
Upton Statement on EPA's Boiler MACT Rulemaking
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today warned the Environmental Protection Agency's final "Boiler MACT Rules," expected in February, pose significant economic risk and underscore the dangers of the agency's flawed regulatory tactics. Last week a federal district court denied the EPA's request for a 15-month extension on the final emissions standards for boilers and incinerators - rules that will affect thousands of manufacturing and industrial facilities, small businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, and local and federal agencies.
"This EPA has a track record...