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Jan 27, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers: HHS’s OIG Report Confirms our Concerns with NIH’s Funding of EcoHealth Alliance

Report Also Raises New Concerns of NIH Favoritism to EcoHealth Alliance Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) issued the following statement regarding the release of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report titled: “ The National Institutes of Health and EcoHealth Alliance Did Not Effectively Monitor Awards and Subawards, Resulting in Missed Opportunities to Oversee Research and Other Deficiencies .”  “The American people have a right to know what types of potentially risky research their tax dollars are funding. This OIG Report reaffirms many issues Energy and Commerce Republicans have continued to raise with NIH’s negligence in holding EcoHealth Alliance accountable to the terms of grant agreements. Furthermore, the report raises even more questions from the Committee about the apparent special treatment given to EcoHealth Alliance.  “The Energy and Commerce Committee will build off the information in this report as we continue our investigation into the origins of COVID-19 and our oversight of our public health agencies. We must shine a light on any government failures and improper actions in order to correct course moving forward and restore public trust.”  Chair Rodgers, along with Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY), wrote to NIH on October 24, 2022 , regarding the resumption of NIH funding to EcoHealth Alliance.  KEY LETTER EXCERPT : “We write to request information on why NIH provided new funding to EcoHealth Alliance (EcoHealth), and why NIH is considering a resumption of funding for work under a suspended grant to EcoHealth, given EcoHealth’s documented failures to comply with NIH grant terms and the outstanding questions concerning EcoHealth’s conduct.    “NIH records show that on September 22, 2022, the NIH funded EcoHealth through a new award grant 1R011AI163118-01A1 after suspending EcoHealth’s grant R01AI110964 for more than two years (R01 award). Funding this new award grant and NIH’s intentions to resume funding for EcoHealth under the R01 award as indicated in the August 19, 2022, letter to Republican Committee Leader Rodgers seem inexplicable given NIH’s previous findings of EcoHealth’s noncompliance with grant terms and the serious concerns about EcoHealth raised in our four letters without a response from NIH.”   The Chairs also wrote to NIH on June 10, 2021 , regarding the resumption of NIH funding to EcoHealth Alliance.  KEY LETTER EXCERPT : “Since the Republican committee leaders March 18, 2021 letter to NIH, our investigation has found a number of additional issues that raise very serious concerns about the adequacy of NIH’s oversight of grantees. The following newly found issues appear troubling and given the significance of these concerns, we expect the NIH to respond fully and substantively. Minority [then Republican] committee staff is continuing to work with your staff to schedule an NIH briefing. The NIH should be prepared to address these issues at the briefing, in addition to all of the questions from the March 18, 2021 letter that presently remain unanswered.”  



Jan 27, 2023
On the House Floor

Chair Rodgers Applauds Passage of H.R. 21 to Protect the SPR

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) applauded the House passing H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act, which would help ensure the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is available during a true energy emergency and not abused for non-emergency, political purposes. “President Biden has turned a longtime bipartisan strategic asset, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, into a political tool to cover up the consequences of his expensive rush-to-green agenda. H.R. 21 provides a path towards making energy more affordable and reliable for Americans by preserving the SPR’s vital and central purpose—to provide the oil supplies Americans need during true emergencies, not drain them away for non-emergency, political purposes. I am honored to join my Republican colleagues in passing this important bill to strengthen American energy security and leadership.”



Jan 27, 2023
Press Release

Chairs Rodgers Announces E&C Full Committee Organizational Meeting for the 118th Congress

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today announced the Full Committee Organizational Meeting for the 118th Congress.  MEETING NOTICE: Full Committee Organizational Meeting for the 118th Congress   WHAT : A meeting to formally organize the committee  DATE : Tuesday, January 31, 2023  TIME : 10:00 AM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  AGENGA :  Welcome and opening remarks by the Chair and Ranking Member,  Introduction of new members of the Committee  Approval of the rules of the Committee for the 118th Congress  Adoption of the six standing subcommittees  Announcement of the Republican Subcommittee Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Subcommittee members  Announcement of Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members and Subcommittee members  Adoption of the oversight plan  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/ .



Jan 27, 2023
Big Tech

E&C Republicans Hold Roundtable on the Dangers of Big Tech and the Fentanyl Poisoning Crisis

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans held a roundtable this week to discuss the dangers Big Tech poses to American children amidst the fentanyl poisoning crisis. The members heard from and engaged in a discussion with the following panelists: Amy Neville , Founder, Alexander Neville Foundation Carrie Goldberg , Owner, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC Laura Marquez-Garrett , Attorney, Social Media Victims Law Center Sheriff John Nowels , Sheriff, Spokane County, WA Below are highlights from the round table: CHAIR RODGERS: “We’re here today because we’ve all heard from constituents about the dangers that they and their children face online. In many instances, big tech companies have failed to be good stewards on their platforms. “We’ve seen numerous reports detailing how big tech encourages addictive behaviors in our children to keep them glued to their screens and fails to protect their users from malicious actors on their platforms like drug dealers—targeting vulnerable populations with counterfeit drugs laced with fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances. Every day more Americans die from illicit fentanyl-related poisoning.” MS. NEVILLE: “One sunny day in June of 2020, I was preparing to take my 14-year-old son, Alexander, to the orthodontist. I went to his room to wake him, and there he laid, looking like he was just asleep on his bean bag chair—except he wasn’t sleeping. Alex was dead. His father tried CPR, the paramedics tried naloxone, but it was too late. Alex had taken a pill he believed to be OxyContin, turned out that it was a counterfeit pill made with fentanyl. That fake pill had enough fentanyl in it to kill four people. We only had him 14 years.” MS. GOLDBERG: “What you’re going to hear today is that almost all fentanyl poisonings have three things in common. Number one: the purchaser was a teenager. Number two: they had no intention of buying fentanyl but thought that they were purchasing something recreational. And number three: the transaction occurred through the online platform Snapchat.” MS. MARQUEZ-GARRETT: “We now represent more than 47 families whose children have been harmed or have died because of fentanyl poisoning. 43 of those 47 children are dead. Almost half of those children were under the age of 18, as young as the age of 13.” SHERIFF NOWELS: “Social media and electronic communication are a significant tool that our drug traffickers are using to impact our communities negatively. We have had to make significant investment in law enforcement to keep up with technology. “We are finding as time goes on that there are more and more online ways to communicate and distribute drugs than we can even keep up with. “We need help to combat this. Our drug dealers are all-too-often allowed to operate in secrecy. This is a significant issue in every community in this country. We need help to hold people accountable who are poisoning our children.” Check out these tweets from Energy and Commerce Committee members who participated in the roundtable:



Chairs Rodgers and Latta Announce First Communications and Technology Subcommittee Hearing of the 118th Congress

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and incoming Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) today announced a hearing on ensuring America continues to lead in the burgeoning satellite communications industry.  “Next-generation satellite technologies are revolutionizing the communications marketplace. Yet many of our nation’s laws and regulations haven’t been updated in decades. Given the growth and innovation in this sector, we must ensure the U.S. is keeping pace with this rapidly evolving industry. We look forward to this timely Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on how to ensure America—not China—continues to lead this global industry.”  The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing is Entitled “Launching Into the State of the Satellite Marketplace”   WHAT : A hearing to discuss strengthening American leadership in next-generation satellite communications technology.  DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2023  TIME: 10:30 AM ET  LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  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 Noah Jackson with the Committee staff at Noah.Jackson@mail.house.gov .  



Jan 26, 2023
On the House Floor

Chair Rodgers Leads Floor Debate on H.R. 21

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led debate on the House Floor today to promote H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act . Below are highlights and excerpts from her remarks: PLACING AMERICA OVER CHINA “Two weeks ago, this body sent a strong message that we must ensure our nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) will not advance the energy interests of China over the energy security interests of Americans. “The bill today will help ensure this vital American energy asset – and American security interests — will not be drained away for non-emergency, political purposes. “This bill is about restoring America’s energy security. “It provides a path towards making energy more affordable for Americans, who are looking to us to help ease the pain at the pump. “H.R. 21 does this by preserving the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for its vital and central purpose — to provide the oil supplies Americans need during true emergencies: emergencies like supply disruptions that threaten the nation’s economy, or the loss of oil production due to hurricanes and other disasters. “Put simply, under this bill, if an administration chooses to use the reserve for non-emergency political purposes, it will first have to plan that an equal amount would be reinstated from American energy resources. “The SPR should be used as a tool of ‘last resort.’ This is sensible energy policy.” BIDEN JEOPARDIZING AMERICA’S ENERGY SECURITY “It is also urgent policy.  At present, the SPR’s ability to protect Americans has been put at risk by this administration. "More than 250 million barrels of oil, approximately 40% of the reserve, has been drawn down in less than two years - more than all former presidents in history, combined, all to cover up historically high gas prices in an election year. That's irresponsible. "The Biden administration has undermined our nation's ability to respond to true energy emergencies by mismanaging our nation's strategic energy stockpile. "At the same time, the Administration has taken every action to suppress America's mighty energy-production abilities. "Unbelievably, the Biden administration has turned to Venezuela and Saudi Arabia to pump more oil instead of working to lift their regulatory restraints on American energy producers. "America's oil production and refining capacity remains one million barrels below peak levels under the prior administration. We have the world's most abundant resources and the capacity to product millions more barrels per day. “America should never be at the mercy of OPEC or Russia. “Energy security is economic security, it’s national security, it’s all connected. It’s foundational to everything.” UNLEASHING AMERICAN ENERGY AGENDA “We should be unleashing American energy on all fronts. “Don’t forget, the U.S. has some of highest environmental and labor standards in the world and we’ve been a leader in bringing down carbon emissions, we did this by embracing innovation and our abundant natural resources, not by shutting down entire industries. “Right now, America is suffering through the worst energy crisis in decades, and gas prices are still surging upwards. “President Biden and the Democrats’ radical ‘rush to green’ agenda has made life unaffordable for people across the country. “It has driven up inflation, strained household budgets, and weakened our electric grid and gas prices have risen to the highest levels in history. “Some were forced to pay more than $6 dollars per gallon. Gas prices are still 40% higher today and diesel prices are up almost $2 a gallon more than when President Biden took office. “It is time to flip the switch. It’s time to end the politically motivated abuse of the SPR and focus on American energy and American security. “Let’s send a strong signal this Congress that we stand for energy security, preserving the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, restoring America’s energy dominance, and providing for the prosperity of all Americans.”



Jan 25, 2023
In the News

On CNBC, Chair Rodgers Sets the Record Straight on H.R. 21

American energy security is fundamental House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined CNBC’s Joe Kernan this morning to discuss how H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act , will improve our energy security and affordability, while discouraging the abuse of the reserve as an election-year gimmick. Below are highlights and excerpts from Chair Rodgers’ interview: FACT-CHECKING BIDEN ON H.R. 21 “Unfortunately, the Secretary and the administration have been misrepresenting the bill. The bill only addresses non-emergency use [of the SPR]. “This bill goes back to the importance of American energy security. It's our economic security. It's our national security. “The legislation that we passed in the House already and this second bill are both related to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This is a critical asset. It’s a national security asset and it's an economic asset for emergency uses.” […] “This bill requires the administration, when they deplete it, when they sell the reserves [for non-emergency sales], that they would have to develop a plan for domestic production to offset what they are selling from the reserve. It only applies to non-emergency situations.” BIDEN HAS ABUSED THE SPR FOR POLITICS “The administration, especially leading up to the election, depleted our reserve for political purposes and I believe it is important that they are transparent, and we are holding them accountable for that. “We passed the first bill (H.R. 22) that would prohibit any sales from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from going to China and we gained over 100 Democrats. “It was the largest bipartisan vote on an energy bill in years and I urge the Senate to take action on that.” […] “ The SPR is at the lowest levels in 40 years, we're down to 1983 levels. And now, what we're seeing since we're past the election, is that prices are going back up.” CHINA IS BENEFITING FROM BIDEN’S ACTIONS “What we're seeing is China has built up the largest [government-controlled] petroleum reserve in the world. They have been buying a lot of this oil on the open market. “We are requiring the administration to come up with a plan. So, if [the administration] reduces the SPR by 10%, they have to increase domestic production by 10%.” “We saw this administration go ask OPEC, go ask Venezuela, to produce more oil in order to help [with] the energy crisis that... their policies had brought us to. “What we're asking is for them to come up with a plan to increase domestic oil production. We have tremendous resources in the United States of America.” THE NEED FOR PERMITTING REFORM “The number one barrier to energy production in the United States is permitting in this regulatory climate. “Even at the end of last Congress, we heard Senator Manchin talking about the importance of permitting reform in the United States. “We need permitting reform and we're anxious to go to work on that.”



Jan 25, 2023
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers and Guthrie Announce First Health Subcommittee Legislative Hearing

Members will Address Fentanyl Crisis, Suicide Lifelines Breach, and Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and incoming Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced the first legislative hearing in the Subcommittee on Health of the 118th Congress. It will focus on the illicit fentanyl poisoning crisis, the cybersecurity breach of suicide lifelines, and Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) measures.  “There is inherent value and dignity in every human life. Yet, we see so many in society in without hope. At a time when deaths of despair were heightened, we learned of a hack of the 9-8-8 suicide lifeline, taking a critical lifeline out of commission for hours. From the families and loved ones of the 71,000 deaths related to synthetic opioids, like fentanyl and its analogues, to those with disabilities or a rare condition worried about being denied access to treatment because of dehumanizing calculations by the federal government—we hear you. Your lives, and the lives of your loved ones, are worth living.”  Subcommittee on Health Hearing Entitled “Lives Worth Living: Addressing the Fentanyl Crisis, Protecting Critical Lifelines, and Combatting Discrimination Against Those with Disabilities.”   WHAT : A hearing to discuss the illicit fentanyl poisoning crisis, the cybersecurity breach of suicide lifelines, and Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) measures.    DATE : Wednesday, February 1, 2023  TIME : 10:00 AM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  WITNESSES : Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.  LEGISLATION UNDER DISCUSSION: The HALT Fentanyl Act , the 9-8-8 Lifeline Cybersecurity Responsibility Act , the Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act , and the Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act   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 .



Jan 25, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Announces Energy and Commerce Committee Leadership, Subcommittee Membership for the 118th Congress

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today announced the committee’s leadership and subcommittee membership for the 118th Congress. “For 227 years, the Energy and Commerce Committee has led on solutions to keep the promise of America, where we have lifted more people out of poverty and led the world in raising people’s standard of living. This Congress, Republicans will continue to honor the committee’s rich history to improve people’s lives and ensure America leads a new era of innovation and entrepreneurship.  “Committee Vice Chair Kelly Armstrong alongside Subcommittee Chairs Gus Bilirakis, Jeff Duncan, Morgan Griffith, Brett Guthrie, Bill Johnson, and Bob Latta are exceptionally qualified to lead our team and help our committee deliver on the promises we made to the American people. They will be instrumental in our efforts to tackle the greatest challenges and most important priorities of the day, including lowering energy costs, beating China, building a more secure future, and holding the Biden-Harris administration accountable.” Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) will serve as Vice Chair of the Full Committee.  The Subcommittee Chairs are as follows:  Subcommittee on Communications and Technology — Chair Bob Latta (R-OH)   Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security — Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC)   Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Minerals—Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH)   Subcommittee on Health — Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY)   Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce — Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)   Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations — Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA)   The Subcommittee Rosters are as follows:  Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Roster: Chair Bob Latta (OH-05) Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)  Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)  Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01), Vice Chair   Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-02)  Rep. John Curtis (UT-03)  Rep. John Joyce (PA-13)  Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)  Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12)  Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12)  Rep. Russ Fulcher (ID-01)  Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11)  Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN-01)  Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03)  Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-23)  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Ex Officio  Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security: Chair Jeff Duncan (SC-03) Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)  Rep. Bob Latta (OH-05)  Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02)  Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09)  Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06)  Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-08)  Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)  Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06)  Rep. John Curtis (UT-03), Vice Chair   Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08)  Rep. Greg Pence (IN-06)  Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-At-Large)  Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)  Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12)  Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11)  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Ex Officio   Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Minerals: Chair Bill Johnson (OH-06) Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01)  Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06)  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)  Rep. John Joyce (PA-13), Vice Chair   Rep. Randy Weber (TX-04)  Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12)  Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12)  Rep. Russ Fulcher (ID-01)  Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11)  Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-01)  Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-23)  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Ex Officio  Subcommittee on Health Chair:   Chair Brett Guthrie (KY-02) Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)  Rep. Bob Latta (OH-05)  Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09)  Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)  Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06)  Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-08), Vice Chair   Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08)  Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01)  Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-02)  Rep. Greg Pence (IN-06)  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)  Rep. John Joyce (PA-13)  Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN-01)  Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-01)  Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-23)  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Ex Officio  Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce:   Chair Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) Rep. Larry Bucshon (IN-08)  Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07), Vice Chair  Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)  Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-02)  Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08)  Rep. Greg Pence (IN-06)  Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-At-Large)  Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12)  Rep. Russ Fulcher (ID-01)  Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN-01)  Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03)  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Ex Officio  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Roster:   Chair Morgan Griffith (VA-09) Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)  Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02)  Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)  Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06)  Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Vice Chair  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)  Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-At-Large)  Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03)  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Ex Officio