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The CMT Subcommittee has consistently focused on sensible consumer protections for the 21st century. The panel leads the committee’s efforts to address complex questions of individual privacy in the online ecosystem. Its major legislative accomplishments in recent years include vehicle safety reforms in the highway bill and much-needed regulatory relief to make sure consumer product safety laws work efficiently and effectively.
The technology sector is a rare economic bright spot, which is why the C&T Subcommittee has focused on creating jobs and spurring investment and innovation in this growing sector while fighting counterproductive regulation of the Internet domestically and abroad. Its legislative accomplishments include landmark spectrum reforms to expand Americans’ access to high-speed Internet and ‘good government’ improvements to the work of the FCC.
Spearheading efforts to embrace a true ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, the Energy and Power Subcommittee has worked to expand access to American energy supplies and ease the burden of government regulations that drive up the price of gasoline and electricity and destroy jobs. Affordable energy is essential to a strong economy, and the work of the subcommittee has focused on eliminating government barriers to both.
With its oversight of key environmental laws and programs, the E&E Subcommittee has focused on the intersection of regulations and jobs. The panel works to ensure the safe, economically sensible management of energy byproducts, including a state-implemented regime for managing coal combustion residuals, and the long-standing challenge of storing spent nuclear fuel. Its work also includes chemical plant safety and modernizing waste data management.
The U.S. is home to a constant stream of cutting-edge medical advancements, but these innovations can only benefit patients and spur our economy if the FDA regulatory process keeps pace. The Health Subcommittee has developed key reforms to promote this type of medical advancement, part of its broader efforts to support market-based improvements to our health care system and reject heavy-handed government control.
With its responsibility to oversee all agencies and programs within the committee's jurisdiction, the O&I Subcommittee has launched investigations into a broad range of topics and uncovered major instances of government waste, fraud, and abuse. This includes high-profile investigations into Solyndra, the health care law, Medicare fraud and abuse, wasteful grant programs, and numerous other inquiries ultimately designed to protect taxpayers.