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Feb 7, 2023
Hearings
Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie Announce Field Hearing to Discuss Public Health Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced a joint field hearing of the Oversight and Investigations and Health subcommittees to discuss the public health crisis caused by the Biden administration’s open border policies. The Chairs released the following statement:  

“President Joe Biden’s border crisis is creating a public health crisis. With an influx of migrants entering the U.S., hospital beds and the health care professionals necessary to treat patients—already weakened by the vaccine mandate on health care workers—are stretched thin in border towns. But the crisis also hurts the rest of the nation, as fentanyl and its analogues are flowing across our border. We know that most of these lethal substances are being produced by cartels in Mexico—with precursor ingredients primarily sourced from China—and smuggled into the U.S. This field hearing in Texas will expose the public health crisis at our southern border and ensure action is taken to end the scourge of fentanyl and its analogues in our communities.”   

Joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health Hearing Titled: "President Biden's Border Crisis is a Public Health Crisis.”  

WHAT: A field hearing to examine the public health crisis at the southern border as well as the flow of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances across our southern border.  

DATE: Wednesday, February 15, 2023  

TIME: 6:00 PM CST  

LOCATION: Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, 301 W Railroad St., Building D, Weslaco, TX 78596  

WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.  

This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/. If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at Jolie.Brochin@mail.house.gov.


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Feb 7, 2023
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie Announce Field Hearing to Discuss Public Health Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced a joint field hearing of the Oversight and Investigations and Health subcommittees to discuss the public health crisis caused by the Biden administration’s open border policies. The Chairs released the following statement:   “President Joe Biden’s border crisis is creating a public health crisis. With an influx of migrants entering the U.S., hospital beds and the health care professionals necessary to treat patients—already weakened by the vaccine mandate on health care workers—are stretched thin in border towns. But the crisis also hurts the rest of the nation, as fentanyl and its analogues are flowing across our border. We know that most of these lethal substances are being produced by cartels in Mexico—with precursor ingredients primarily sourced from China—and smuggled into the U.S. This field hearing in Texas will expose the public health crisis at our southern border and ensure action is taken to end the scourge of fentanyl and its analogues in our communities.”    Joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health Hearing Titled: "President Biden's Border Crisis is a Public Health Crisis.”    WHAT : A field hearing to examine the public health crisis at the southern border as well as the flow of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances across our southern border.   DATE : Wednesday, February 15, 2023   TIME : 6:00 PM CST   LOCATION : Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, 301 W Railroad St., Building D, Weslaco, TX 78596   WITNESSES : Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.   This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at Jolie. Brochin@mail.house.go v .



Feb 7, 2023
Hearings

Energy Subcommittee Chair Duncan Opening Remarks: “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.”

Washington, D.C. — Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s joint Energy, Climate, & Grid Security Subcommittee and Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials Subcommittee legislative hearing titled “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.” Excerpts and highlights below: RESTORING AMERICAN ENERGY DOMINANCE “Our goal is to enact policy that delivers affordable, reliable, and clean energy to all Americans. A goal I believe we all share on this committee regardless of party. “In our hearing on Restoring American Energy Dominance last week, we heard how the Biden administration’s energy policies are making energy unaffordable and less reliable for American consumers. “The aggressive ‘rush to green’ agenda is compromising our security by creating vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain, making us more reliant on our adversaries for energy and critical materials. “We believe in unleashing all sources of American energy—from nuclear, oil and gas, to hydropower, renewables, and hydrogen. We also believe in unleashing innovation by creating a regulatory structure that encourages investment and growth in the private sector. “We’ve said it before—American energy production and reducing emissions are not mutually exclusive. We produce energy cleaner than anywhere in the world. “Unfortunately, many of the energy policies coming out of the Biden Administration prioritize climate goals over reliable and affordable energy. They compromise the ability for Americans to afford their power bills and keep on the lights. They also fail to address the significant permitting barriers to bringing more clean energy online. “The bills we are reviewing today offer solutions – they will bring down the cost of energy, reduce emissions, strengthen our energy supply chains, and pave the way to restoring American Energy Dominance. “We did invite the FERC Commissioners, Secretary of Energy, and EPA Administrator—all who unfortunately were unable to attend. I am hopeful we can have them in front of this Committee soon to give the Administration’s perspective. I am however pleased we are moving this legislation through regular order. With a full committee hearing last week to inform us of the state of American energy, the legislation in front of us today will address some of the issues and propel the United States into energy dominance.” REPUBLICAN ENERGY PRIORITIES “For example: “My bill Protects American Energy Production by prohibiting the President from declaring a moratorium on fracking. This is necessary because President Biden has repeatedly stated he would end fossil fuel production in the U.S. “Representative Pfluger’s bill repeals the costly Natural Gas tax created in the Inflation Reduction Act. “The Promoting Cross-border Energy Infrastructure Act encourages the construction of energy infrastructure across the borders of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico – helping us secure Western Hemispheric energy security.  “Several bills also address the importance of American energy exports in the global market. “The world is safer when America is energy dominant and Representative Johnson’s bill to ‘Unlock our Domestic LNG’ would make it easier for FERC to approve export terminals to deliver clean energy to our allies. “We also will be taking up a resolution that expresses support for the free trade and export of crude oil and petroleum products. This is necessary because President Biden and Democrats on this Committee have advocated for reinstating the crude oil export ban. “Lifting the export ban in 2015 has lowered prices while also increasing our leverage globally—it would be shortsighted to reverse this. “We will also focus on securing our nuclear supply chain with a bill to wean off reliance on Russian uranium. “Our grid and energy infrastructure increasingly have come under attack. The Critical Electric Infrastructure Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Act will increase transparency between critical electric infrastructure owners and the Department of Energy to strengthen our systems.” AMERICA LEADING THE WORLD ON ENERGY “Just over 2 years ago, America was energy dominant for the first time since 1952. We were the largest energy producer in the world while also leading the world in emission reductions. “We can and should be a world leader and these bills will help get us there. It’s time to stop handing over leverage to the CCP, Iran, and the OPEC cartel. “Every American should have access to reliable energy. The most recent blizzards underscore the need for resilient energy infrastructure and a diversified generation mix capable of responding to storms. “Let’s Flip the Switch, Unleash American Energy Production. “These bills are the first step in achieving energy dominance.”



ICYMI: E&C Republicans and Technology and Cybersecurity Experts Renew Calls for Comprehensive Data Privacy Protections

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) and other committee members held an Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee hearing last week to address strengthening American data privacy protections. The subcommittee heard from technology and cybersecurity experts about the need for comprehensive data privacy protections and one national standard to ensure Americans’ information is protected from the Chinese Communist Party. Hearing highlights below: PROTECTING AMERICANS’ DATA PRIVACY “We must work together to cement America’s global technological leadership. We should start by passing comprehensive privacy and data security protections with one national standard. We made history last year when we passed the bipartisan, bicameral American Data Privacy and Protection Act 53-2. But our work isn’t over yet, as we have already fallen behind other countries in establishing a national privacy law. I’m eager to continue this work. This is a top priority for Americans and needs to be achieved through Congress.” — Chair Rodgers “It is imperative that this committee establishes foundational frameworks for deploying emerging technologies. We came close last Congress when we passed the bipartisan and bicameral American Data Privacy and Protection Act, but this Congress we need to ensure it gets across the finish line because China is not waiting on us to influence international norms and standards.” — Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) SECURING OUR DATA AGAINST BAD ACTORS LIKE THE CCP “Republicans on this committee are fully committed to passing a comprehensive federal privacy and data security standard. We are committed to that China is actively using U.S. customer data to better develop their AI, whether through mining, scraping, purchasing data through third parties, or through apps like TikTok—whose sharing information with the Chinese Communist Party.” — Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Vice Chair Tim Walberg (R-MI) “The goal that I think [ADPPA] achieves is that it both manages to address the transnational threat from a range of bad actors, but also protects consumers and secures that data here at home... We want to both address bad foreign actors and better enhance privacy protections at home. This is the baseline that we need. In terms of fostering innovation, as I’ve mentioned, U.S. firms need access to global data flows, but how do we do that in a safe, secure, and ethical way? We establish high baselines around how the data is collected, transferred, and retained. And that’s the balance I think US federal privacy law needs to strike.” — Sam Sacks, Cyber Policy Fellow, International Security Program, New America “Data in itself is essential. We need it for our economy. We need it for innovation. The issue is when it falls in the hands of adversarial nations and malicious actors, which we see happening on a second-by-second basis with China, unfortunately. That’s something I implore this Congress to address. I think the best way to do that is by enacting a comprehensive data privacy and security law today... Every second we wait is just more data that the CCP is collecting and potentially exploiting against Americans... I think it is just paramount that this is a key priority and is done without delay.” — Brandon Pugh, Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow, R Street Institute PROTECTING CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING FROM BIG TECH “As a mother and a grandmother, I’m deeply concerned about the ways TikTok is manipulating our children. I’ve seen the reports detailing that China’s version of TikTok offers a kid-friendly version with educational videos, learning tools, and time limits set on what the children look at. Then you come over here and you see the opium version, which addicts our children.” — Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) “Representative Harshbarger alluded to the fact that in China, on TikTok, children 14 and younger are limited to 40 minutes. In the United States they have the algorithms set to do shorter videos that are meant to create dopamine hits in your brain. There was a survey done between the United States and China of 14-year-olds asking what is the most aspirational career you want to have. In the United States the number one answer was a social media influencer. In China they said they wanted to be an astronaut. If you want to look at the future of our two nations, start here.” — Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL)


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Innovation, Data, and Commerce


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Interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee; consumer protection, including privacy matters generally; data security; motor vehicle safety; regulation of commercial practices (the Federal Trade Commission), including sports-related matters; consumer product safety (the Consumer Product Safety Commission); product liability; and regulation of travel, tourism, and time. The Subcommittee’s jurisdiction can be directly traced to Congress’ constitutional authority “to regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”


Communications & Technology


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Electronic communications, both Interstate and foreign, including voice, video, audio and data, whether transmitted by wire or wirelessly, and whether transmitted by telecommunications, commercial or private mobile service, broadcast, cable, satellite, microwave, or other mode; technology generally; emergency and public safety communications; cybersecurity, privacy, and data security; the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Office of Emergency Communications in the Department of Homeland Security; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.


Energy, Climate, & Grid Security


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National Energy Policy, energy infrastructure and security, energy related Agencies and Commissions, all laws, programs, and government activities affecting energy matters. National Energy Policy focuses on fossil energy; renewable energy; nuclear energy; energy conservation, utility issues, including but not limited to interstate energy compacts; energy generation, marketing, reliability, transmission, siting, exploration, production, efficiency, cybersecurity, and ratemaking for all generated power. Energy infrastructure and security focuses on pipelines, the strategic petroleum reserve, nuclear facilities, and cybersecurity for our nation’s grid. Our jurisdiction also includes all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security. Agencies and Commissions in our jurisdiction include: The US Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


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Jan 18, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers: GAO Gain-of-Function Research Report Affirms Our Concerns with HHS P3CO Framework

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) offered the following statement after the Government Accountability Office issued a report titled “ HHS Could Improve Oversight of Research Involving Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogens ,” which is commonly referred to as “gain-of-function" research.  “Today’s watchdog report affirms many of my concerns with the secretive HHS board that purportedly reviews risky research projects from federal agencies. So far, the risky research proposals of concern only appear to be funded by the National Institutes of Health, specifically by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The American public deserve to know to what extent their tax dollars are being used to fund pathogenic research that has the potential to cause a pandemic. Whether or not the U.S. government played any role—directly or indirectly—in the creation of COVID-19, our committee’s investigation is uncovering a host of issues that require more attention. Thankfully, we were able to enact some commonsense prohibitions regarding where and how this type of research is funded, but we will continue pushing for more accountability and oversight to start rebuilding public trust in these research agencies.”  KEY EXCERPT FROM GAO REPORT : By working with its funding agencies to identify and share non-sensitive information about how HHS, in coordination with its funding agencies, conducts reviews and makes funding recommendations, researchers, Congress, and the public would have greater assurance that departmental review provides meaningful and effective suggestions to address biosafety and biosecurity concerns about research involving enhanced potential pandemic pathogens. Moreover, doing so could enhance public confidence in the department’s oversight as well as ensure the agency’s goal to exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.  Chair Rodgers, along with Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xaiver Becerra in April of 2022, raising concerns on the “flawed and overly secretive review process of whether risky research for potential pandemic pathogens can be conducted safely and have a justifiable benefit.”  KEY LETTER EXCERPT : “Dr. Chris Hassell, the HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the chair of the HHS P3CO review committee, briefed the committee staff twice during the summer of 2021. During the briefings, when asked about the identities of the members, Dr. Hassell did not provide the names of the members of the review group. However, he indicated which agencies or departments were represented on the HHS P3CO Review Committee. Dr. Hassell noted there were members from the NIH on the review committee, but he specifically pointed out that the NIH members were from the Office of the Director and not from any of the NIH institutes or centers that would be funding entities to avoid conflict-of-interest concerns.   “The minority committee staff requested that HHS provide the names and affiliations of all members of the HHS P3CO review committee. In response, HHS provided some of the names of the HHS P3CO review committee, but on a confidential basis because of personal security concerns.”  You can read the full letter here . 



Jan 17, 2023
In the News

ICYMI: E&C Republicans Turn Up the Heat and Demand Biden Stop Efforts to Ban Gas Stoves

President Biden wants to control every aspect of our lives—from what kind of cars we can drive, how we can heat our homes, and now how we’re allowed to cook food for our families. Last week, it was reported that the Biden administration is looking to ban gas stoves from American homes across the country. This is just the latest in a long line of power grabs by the radical Left. It's not about public safety, but rather about telling the American people the federal government knows what’s best. Nearly 35% of homes in the U.S. – more than 40 million Americans – use a natural gas stove. That’s why Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and 86 of her House Republican colleagues sent a letter to President Biden demanding the administration reverse any attempts to ban gas stoves. Chair Rodgers also sent a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) echoing these concerns.  Highlights and excerpts from the Fox Business exclusive coverage on the letter to President Biden : Furious lawmakers are calling on President Biden to cease any efforts by his administration to ban natural gas stoves inside Americans' homes. Republicans on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to the president Friday writing in "strong opposition" to reported efforts by regulators to ban natural gas appliances. "This kind of intrusion into the homes of Americans by the federal government as a way of forcing rush-to-green, liberal policies is the ‘nanny state’ at its worst," the Republicans wrote. "Banning natural gas stoves is not about public safety – it is another example of government control; like other policies we have seen from your administration, to tell Americans what kinds of cars they can drive, how they heat their homes, and how to live their lives." The Biden administration caused an uproar over gas stoves earlier this week after a commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggested regulators were considering banning the appliance due to health and safety concerns. From E&E News : House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is already making plans to bring the issue before her committee. “I’m quite concerned,” Rodgers told E&E News. “I think we need to dig into this more and probably bring them in and ask some questions.” CLICK HERE to read Chair Rodgers’ January 11th statement on President Biden’s plan to ban gas stoves. CLICK HERE to read House Republicans’ January 13th letter to President Biden. CLICK HERE to read Chair Rodgers’ January 13th letter to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric.



Dec 20, 2022
Letter

ICYMI: E&C Republicans Question Peer-to-Peer Delivery Services on Fentanyl Deliveries

Last year, more than 100,000 individuals died from drug overdoses with 71,000 lives lost due to overdoses caused by fentanyl or its analogues. Many of the transactions of this dangerous drug have been facilitated online. In response to recent reports of Uber Connect being used to deliver drugs, House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican leaders sent letters questioning peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery services on what actions they’re taking to prevent their services from being used for transporting illegal drugs, including illicit fentanyl.  In the letters, led by Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH), Subcommittee on Health Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Republican Leader Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Republican Leader Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), the members highlight the story of Ann Portillo, who lost her 22-year-old daughter, Alex, to a fentanyl poisoning. Alex received the drugs through Uber Connect.  Letters were sent to the CEOs of Uber, Lyft, Roadie, and Alto.  NBC News reported exclusively on the letters:   NBC— House Republicans sent a letter Thursday to Uber asking the tech company to explain what steps it is taking in response to drivers' complaints that they’re being asked to deliver packages they suspect to be drugs.   The letter from members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee cites reporting from NBC News that described the concerns of drivers as well as the case of a 22-year-old Arizona woman who died from an overdose of fentanyl that her mother said was delivered via Uber Connect, a courier service that the San Francisco-based ride-hailing app started at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic so that people could send small items across town.   […]   The letter asks Uber to explain what actions the company has taken in response to drivers' complaints about suspected drugs; how the company would work with law enforcement in such a scenario; how many accounts Uber has deactivated as a result of users sending prohibited items; what information Uber collects about packages; and many other questions.   “Just as we have asked social media companies to do their part to curb the sale of drugs on their platforms, Uber must act to ensure Uber Connect is not used to transport untracked shipments of illicit drugs to Americans,” the lawmakers wrote.   The Hill— They said they have supported the development of new technologies and the benefits that the gig economy provides people, but noted that bad actors might take advantage of the service to send harmful products to unaware recipients.   The representatives said that GOP members of the committee previously sent letters to the heads of social media companies on their responsibility to address the spread of fentanyl but that the “crisis” is not just limited to the scope of such companies.   They asked for information including an explanation of the agreement terms for participants of Uber Connect, the number of accounts that have been deactivated after shipping packages with prohibited contents and what information from the sender and recipient Uber Connect gathers.   CLICK HERE to read the full letter to Uber.  CLICK HERE to read the full letter to Lyft.  CLICK HERE to read the full letter to Roadie.  CLICK HERE to read the full letter to Alto.