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May 22, 2024
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at C&T Legislative Hearing on Sunsetting Section 230

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing titled “Legislative Proposal to Sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.”  “Ranking Member Pallone and I recently unveiled bipartisan draft legislation to sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. “As written, Section 230 was originally intended to protect Internet Service Providers from being held liable for content posted by a third-party user or for removing truly horrific or illegal content. “The intent was to make the Internet a safe space and allow companies to remove harmful content in good faith without being held liable for doing so.  “However, the Internet has changed dramatically since then.  “Over five billion people around the world use social media, with the average person spending more than two hours a day on social media.  “The Internet has become vital for people to connect, work, find information, and make a living. “Big Tech is exploiting this to profit off us and use the information we share to develop addictive algorithms that push content on to our feeds.  “At the same time, they refuse to strengthen their platforms’ protections against predators, drug dealers, sex traffickers, extortioners, and cyberbullies.  “Our children are the ones paying the greatest price.  “They are developing addictive and dangerous habits, often at the expense of their mental health. “Big Tech has failed to uphold American values and be good stewards of the content they host. “It has been nearly three decades since Section 230 was enacted. “The reality is that many of these companies didn’t even exist when the law was written, and we could not comprehend the full effect of the internet’s capabilities. “It is past time for Congress to reevaluate Section 230.” IMMUNITY “In recent years, U.S. courts have expanded the meaning of what Congress originally intended for this law, interpreting Section 230 in a way that gives Big Tech companies nearly unlimited immunity from legal consequences. “These blanket protections have resulted in tech firms operating without transparency or accountability for how they manage their platforms and harm users. “This means that a social media company, for example, can’t easily be held responsible if it promotes, amplifies, or makes money from posts selling drugs, illegal weapons, or other illicit content. “As more and more companies integrate generative artificial intelligence technologies into their platforms, these harms will only get worse, and AI will redefine what it means to be a publisher, potentially creating new legal challenges for companies.  “As long as the status quo prevails, Big Tech has no incentive to change the way they operate, and they will continue putting profits ahead of the mental health of our society and youth.”  SOLUTION “Reforming Section 230 and holding Big Tech accountable has long been a priority of mine and Ranking Member Pallone. “Last Congress, we both introduced our own legislation to reform the decades old law. “Unfortunately, tech companies did not engage with us in a meaningful way and no solutions or reforms were made. “Big Tech is satisfied with the status quo. “So much so that they have become masters at deception, distraction, and hiding behind others in order to keep Section 230 unchanged. “That’s why we’re taking bipartisan action now. “Our discussion draft will bring Congress and stakeholders to the table to work in good faith to create a solution that ensures accountability, protects innovation and free speech, and requires companies to be good stewards of their platforms. “Let me be clear. “Our goal is not for Section 230 to disappear. “But the reality is that nearly 25 bills to amend Section 230 have been introduced over the last two Congresses. “Many of these were good faith attempts to reform the law and Big Tech lobbied to kill them every time. “These companies have left us with no other option. “By enacting this legislation, we will force Congress to act. “It is long past time to hold these companies accountable. “The shield of Section 230 should be there to protect the American people, not Big Tech. “I am hopeful that this legislation is the start of an opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to achieve that goal. “It’s vital that we develop solutions to restore people’s free speech, identity, and safety online, while also continuing to encourage innovation.” 



May 22, 2024
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at Hearing with FDA Center Directors

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Health Subcommittee hearing titled “Check Up: Examining FDA Regulation of Drugs, Biologics, and Devices.”  “The FDA plays a critical role in the health and wellbeing of the American people. If it is successful in its mission, it has the potential to save—and extend—people’s lives. If it fails in its mission, the costs could be astronomical and devastating. “The FDA is responsible for regulating more than $3.6 trillion worth of food, tobacco, and medical products—about twenty cents of every dollar spent in the United States. “Americans must have confidence that the Agency is doing its job. They have to be able to trust that the medical products they are relying on are safe and effective, and it is Congress's duty to ensure that the FDA is using the resources and authorities it has been given to protect and advance public health.” MEDICAL INNOVATION “I am proud that America has been a leader in developing innovative treatments such as non-addictive medicines for chronic pain, so called ‘n of 1' drugs, where hospitals are making drugs designed for one patient, and implantable upper airway devices for pediatric patients with Down Syndrome and severe sleep apnea. “All these things—which will make a meaningful difference in people's lives—were recently approved by the FDA or will be seeking review in the near future. “There are also advances that could reduce the amount of time it takes for new technology to reach patients in need. “New biomarkers have been developed from advances in genetic sequencing, manufacturing techniques, and methods to generate clinical data that, if used properly, could decrease cost and time to demonstrate these new technologies meet FDA’s standards. “This committee worked in a bipartisan manner to give FDA new tools in the last user fee reauthorization, and we expect the agency to use those tools to pave the way for groundbreaking innovation. “I firmly believe that the accelerated approval pathway should be leveraged now more than ever, as more and more diseases can treated—or even cured—because of a better understanding of their mechanisms of action and genetic signatures. “FDA approval, unfortunately, is not the final hurdle for patients, as significant problems with CMS and private coverage still persist. “But it is an important first step.” CONCERNS WITH FDA “FDA cannot move backwards, and I am worried we are starting to see warning signs that may be occurring. “For example, I am disappointed to see that, according to the Fiscal Year 2023 PDUFA and MDUFA Performance Reports, all three Centers here before us today have failed to meet critical performance, process, and hiring goals, despite all-time highs in funding. “In addition, the Agency has been failing to adequately accommodate in-person meetings and respond to outreach related to major clinical and scientific development decisions in a timely manner. “This is particularly concerning as the FDA has unilaterally decided it can regulate, by its own estimate, 80,000 tests under the Laboratory Developed Tests Final Rule. “FDA leadership often says all the right things regarding speeding up innovation to patients when the benefits outweigh the risks, such as not asking for 'nice to know' questions if the statutory standard for approval has been met and not moving the goal posts after a company has invested millions of dollars and years of time on a clinical trial FDA once said was the best path forward. “The challenge is making sure the sentiments expressed by the Agency’s leadership are reflected by the application reviewers. “Unfortunately, I am hearing the opposite from stakeholders who are finding FDA review staff more disconnected and difficult to work with than before. “Everyone on this dais wants the FDA to succeed, because if FDA succeeds, American innovation flourishes, leading to better outcomes for patients. “I am hopeful that we can have a productive conversation about what challenges the Agency is facing and why, and how Congress can help the FDA streamline operations and provide clear, consistent scientific and regulatory information to innovators and drug manufacturers that are looking to improve the daily lives of Americans.”



May 22, 2024
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at Hearing on Biden’s Radical Rush-to-Green Agenda Driving up Costs for Homeownership

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee hearing titled “Green Building Policies: Jeopardizing the American Dream of Homeownership.”  “Thank you, Chairman Duncan, and our witnesses for appearing before the Subcommittee today. We look forward to your testimony. “This committee plays a critical role in ensuring America continues to lead the world in innovation, entrepreneurship, reducing emissions, and improving people’s way of life. “President Biden’s radical rush-to-green building policies will destroy this legacy and make it more difficult for people to realize the American dream.” RUSH-TO-GREEN “Under the Republican Majority this Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee has led the way to expose how the Biden administration’s agenda is wreaking havoc on our economy, our energy security, and our national security. “President Biden’s war on American energy has pervaded every aspect of our lives. “Inflation, energy prices, and grocery bills have all reached historic levels. “People are struggling to afford basic necessities, like gas, groceries, and prescription medications. “In spite of all this, President Biden and some Democratic-led States are making life even more unaffordable by doubling down on expensive mandates for solar panels, electric cars, and electric appliances. “They want to control every aspect of our lives and force us all to make do with less.” GREEN BUILDING MANDATES “The cost of buying a home, in particular, has reached an all-time high in recent years, with a record average price of over $380,000 and aggressive, green building regulations have been a major contributing factor in these price increases. “Today, we are going to explore how the Democrat’s rush-to-green agenda is increasing the cost of home ownership. “We are going to hear from people with first-hand experience making construction materials, building homes, and delivering utility services, in order to better understand how green building policies are impacting homeownership. “We are going to uncover how the process to establish state and local regulations for building energy codes has been hijacked by radical environmental activists at the expense of the American people.” BUILDING POLICIES “This is an opportunity for Members to judge for themselves whether the administration’s bans on fossil fuels and natural gas are good for our economy and energy security or whether Americans should be required to have things like rooftop solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, and all-electric appliances make sense in the Congressional districts that we represent, and whether forcing people to pay more for less is a practical solution to deal with high energy bills and an unstable electric grid. “Policies like natural gas bans and electrification mandates are becoming increasingly widespread, especially in more coastal, blue states. “At least 70 local governments in California, as well as dozens more in seven states and Washington D.C., have enacted some type of a gas ban. New York has a state-wide gas ban. “Just recently, Biden administration finalized new regulations to enforce a fossil fuel ban on all federal buildings, including military installations and residential housing. “The Biden administration also finalized new green building regulations for federally backed mortgages, which will substantially limit the availability of affordable housing. “It’s a government-wide effort to go after homes and buildings. Dozens of agencies are drafting rules and regulations on buildings and homes to force this so-called 'green transition.’” PATH FORWARD “These policies are impacting everyday Americans the hardest. “For decades, America has been able to strike a healthy balance between affordable energy and a strong economy, while also continuing to be a leader in emissions reduction. “It is vital for Americans and their quality of life that we continue building on this legacy and striking that balance. “I look forward to working with Chair Duncan and Members of this Committee to keep the Biden administration and States and local governments accountable to the American people.” 



May 22, 2024
Hearings

Subcommittee Chair Guthrie Opening Remarks at Hearing with FDA Center Directors

Washington D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s subcommittee  hearing  titled “Check Up: Examining FDA Regulation of Drugs, Biologics, and Devices.”  “Today, three important center directors at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are here with us to share updates about the work they oversee within their respective divisions.  “With the agency now collecting the highest number of user fees on record, it is critical we hear from the center directors about the ongoing challenges the agency and industry face in getting safe and effective products to patients faster.  “In addition to reauthorizing the user fee agreements, Congress granted the FDA a suite of additional authorities that were signed into law in December 2022.  “These include updates to ensure clinical trials are reflective of the broader patient population, greater transparency for sponsors to collaborate with payers to decrease the time from a novel product’s approval to coverage, reforms to strengthen the accelerated approval pathway, and streamlined processes for manufacturers to update their software without unnecessary regulatory hurdles.”  HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE HELPS LEAD THE WAY TO NEW PRODUCT APPROVALS   “I am proud of the bipartisan work this subcommittee has accomplished throughout the last user fee reauthorization. Since then, the FDA has approved and cleared hundreds of new products.  “Our work collectively enabled the review and approval of 55 novel drugs in 2023 and the approval of almost 1,000 generic drug applications.  “During that same time, there were 23 biologics device applications and 20 biologics license applications approved and over 100 novel devices cleared by the FDA.  “Cell and gene therapy is of particular importance and interest to me and others in Congress.  “We’re at the precipice of a renaissance in health care, in which personalized medicine can cure otherwise incurable diseases. For example, among those medicines approved in 2023 were two cutting-edge, potentially curative, gene therapies for sickle-cell disease.  “Just last summer, CBER also approved a therapy to address the underlying cause of disease in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in boys aged 4 to 5.  “Both examples illustrate the incredible value American innovation plays in our health care system and the value the FDA brings to help facilitate this remarkable work.  “That being said, I have some concerns I hope to have addressed today that threaten to undermine the strides we’ve made.”  BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S MISSTEPS CAUSE QUESTIONS TO THE ACCELERATED APPROVAL PATHWAY   “Missteps by the Biden administration have already caused uncertainty amongst innovators in these small biotechnology companies that could impede patient’s ability to access innovative products.  “The repeated attacks on the Accelerated Approval pathway—from CMS second-guessing FDA’s equities to academics and payers alike, insisting that these approvals are unproven or lesser than traditional review pathways—degrades public trust in an important tool the agency has to help safely and effectively get cures to patients more quickly.  “This is also a pathway that Congress, a bipartisan Congress, has repeatedly strengthened and supported.  “The recently released, 500-page Laboratory Developed Test, or LDT, rule has been touted as a mechanism to drive more innovation and protect patient safety.  “I fear this complete overhaul of LDT regulation will have the opposite effect—instead driving up the costs of care and delaying patient access to life-saving care.  “Tests developed to treat patients at the bedside, to detect early-stage cancer, or detect Alzheimer’s sooner would be subject to onerous requirements under this new regime proposed by CDRH.  “The FDA must work with Congress on a long-term solution that balances patient safety and facilitates future innovation.”  BIPARTISAN CONCERNS WITH CLINICAL HOLDS   “Last year, Ranking Member Eshoo and I wrote to Dr. Marks about clinical holds.  “According to the Wall Street Journal, there were an average of 664 clinical holds, which temporarily stop clinical research, between 2017 and 2021, up from 557 average annual holds in prior years.  “In response to our inquiry, we learned that 79% of the responses to innovators’ questions about their applications and the holds associated with these applications were written-only responses.  “To be clear, I understand the complex nature of these applications, but providing written responses to complex questions with no chance for a true dialogue is unacceptable.  “It is imperative for the agency to come to the table and work through these issues with innovators or else patients will be left without answers and without life-saving care.  “In closing, I want to thank the witnesses for being here with us today.  “I know your work is not easy, I know that your job is to ensure that we have safe and effective medications.  “But, we must know that patients are counting sometimes months, if you’re a parent with a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the race to keep them out of a wheelchair before they get access to medicines is real. “It’s important accelerated pathways are real and important, and it’s been bipartisan, and we want to work together. That’s our plan to work together to bring these innovative technologies to market.” 



May 22, 2024
Hearings

Subcommittee Chair Latta Opening Remarks at C&T Legislative Hearing on Sunsetting Section 230

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s subcommittee hearing titled “Legislative Proposal to Sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.” RECOGNIZING CHANGES IN THE INTERNET   “Since 1996, Section 230 protections have allowed the U.S. tech industry to flourish. “This legal framework emboldened Americans to pioneer, creating Internet and social media platforms that promote innovation, user content, and social media interaction. “Its intent was to provide online platforms immunity from liability for content posted by third-party users. “But as the Internet exploded in growth, it also increased challenges that were not contemplated when the law passed in 1996. “Section 230 must be reformed. “As we heard in our last hearing on this topic, the current online eco-system is flawed. “Many of these platforms are rife with content such as online sex trafficking, illegal arms sales, child pornography, and other illicit crimes. “In response, Big Tech platforms hide behind Section 230’s broad immunity. “In that process, courts have rewarded their destructive behavior. “We need to reform Section 230 to hold platforms accountable for the role they play in facilitating and enabling harmful behavior. “But in doing so, Congress must be thoughtful and deliberative. There is no silver bullet to fix this issue.”  REFORMING SECTION 230 “Some argue that amending or repealing Section 230 violates the First Amendment rights of these platforms to host the content they so choose. “Yet, no other industry has complete protection from all liability for harm it causes. Newspapers, broadcasters—fundamental mediums that exemplify our First Amendment rights—are subject to publisher liability or can be sued for defamation. Not Big Tech. “Over the past several Congresses, there have been numerous proposals to hold Big Tech accountable for when it acts as a publisher in moderating content on its platforms, but to no avail. “Which is why, today, we are reviewing a discussion draft that will sunset Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 effective December 31, 2025.” HOLDING BIG TECH ACCOUNTABLE “I hope this legislation will bring people together—including those who support, oppose, or are interested—to carefully discuss Section 230 reforms. “One thing is certain: Big Tech’s behavior has brought Republicans and Democrats together on a commitment to find a long-term solution to reform Section 230. “Congress has a monumental task ahead—but we must reform the law in a way that will protect innovation and promote free speech, allow Big Tech to moderate indecent and illegal content on its platforms, and be accountable to the American people.  “I look forward to our discussion today and to working with my colleagues on a broader discussion about purposeful reforms to Section 230. It is up to Congress, not the courts, to reform Section 230, and changes to this law are overdue.” 



May 16, 2024
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers and Duncan Announce Hearing on Biden’s Radical Agenda Driving up Costs for Homeownership

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) today announced a hearing titled “Green Building Policies: Jeopardizing the American Dream of Homeownership.” “As Americans continue to struggle with persistent inflation, the Biden administration and radical Left, are doubling down on green building mandates and fossil fuel bans. These radical policies are making it more difficult for people to realize the American dream of homeownership,”  said Chairs Rodgers and Duncan.  “The administration continues to pursue aggressive home construction codes, bans on the use of natural gas for home heating and cooking, and taxpayer-funded green projects for federal buildings that are only making things more unaffordable. Next week, we will hear from stakeholders and experts about how these rush-to-green policies are driving up costs and harming the American people.” Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, & Grid Security hearing titled “Green Building Policies: Jeopardizing the American Dream of Homeownership.” WHAT: A subcommittee hearing on how the Biden administration’s rush-to-green agenda is making life unaffordable for Americans. DATE: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 TIME: 2:00 PM LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson at Kaitlyn.Peterson@mail.house.gov . If you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at Sean.Kelly@mail.house.gov .



May 15, 2024
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at Hearing on EPA’s Budget

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials hearing titled “The Fiscal Year 2025 Environmental Protection Agency Budget.”  “Today we will discuss the President’s budget and priorities for the Environmental Protection Agency. “This committee plays a critical role in ensuring U.S. energy and economic security and leadership. “For decades, America has led the world in innovation and entrepreneurship, while continuing to maintain some of the highest environmental standards in the world. “We should be proud of this legacy and work together to advance smart policies that continue to build that legacy for generations to come.” ENABLING A RADICAL AGENDA “But sadly, the Biden administration and congressional Democrats are working to dismantle that legacy. “Their spending and regulatory policies continue to put America on a dangerous path that threatens our economic and energy security, while enriching our adversaries, like China, and making us beholden to them for critical materials. “The Biden administration and its allies have done this in ways that lack transparency and prevent accountability for their actions that threaten the American manufacturing and energy resources. “This is not acceptable in a free and democratic society. “Since President Biden took office, the EPA has been given $109 billion in additional funding and grown its workforce to over 15,000 employees. “President Biden’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2025, contains almost $11 billion in new funding requests for EPA—an increase of more than 8 percent from the current year. “This is 16.3 percent more than when the Biden administration came into office. “His proposed budget also calls for more than 2,000 new employees—a 12 percent increase over this fiscal year and almost 20 percent—or a one fifth increase in EPA bureaucrats since taking office, all to accelerate his radical rush-to-green agenda.” HARMFUL TO AMERICANS “Americans are already feeling the impacts of this agenda. “Since the Biden administration took office, electricity prices have risen 30 percent. “That's 50 percent more than the overall pace of inflation. “Unilateral actions like those taken by the administration continue to drive out affordable, reliable baseload generation needed to keep energy prices low and the lights on. “Grid operators and others have been sounding the alarm for years, warning that the U.S. is on a dangerous and unsustainable path. “Continuing this trend will mean higher prices and what the grid experts have warned the committee about: catastrophic blackouts. “In addition, the auto waivers for California and other allied states, as well as the federal mandates on car makers, are taking away affordable and practical transportation from Americans. “Ask any car dealer. “Their lots are full of EVs that won’t sell, and they have limited access to the vehicle models people actually want.” EPA IS COMPLICIT IN ECONOMIC HARM “The Biden administration’s regulatory machine has finalized 125 rules resulting in over one TRILLION dollars of new regulatory costs on American businesses. “These are costs that eventually will fall on the American people. “EPA rules are a critical part of the Biden agenda, and the agency’s policies, like the new PM2.5 standards, will make permitting for new manufacturing and development nearly impossible across the country. “We want to understand why EPA thinks the U.S. will be able to maintain economic leadership with these anti-manufacturing, anti-American policies, all of which enrich and make us more reliant upon China. “If we are serious about growing our economy and not China’s, we need a predictable and realistic regulatory environment, we need EPA to actually meet statutory deadlines for new chemical reviews, and we need data driven decisions that appropriately balance a healthy environment with a healthy economy. “EPA must return to its core mission, which does not include undermining the economic prosperity of the United States or driving costs up across the board for Americans.” 



May 15, 2024
Hearings

Subcommittee Chair Carter Opening Remarks at Hearing on EPA’s Budget

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Chair Buddy Carter (R-GA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s subcommittee hearing titled “The Fiscal Year 2025 Environmental Protection Agency Budget.” RUSH-TO-GREEN AGENDA IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING   “I recently assumed the gavel of this subcommittee and am privileged to be able to lead this panel’s important work to advance policies which provide for environmental protection while also growing our manufacturing and industrial base.  “My district in southeast Georgia features over 100 miles of pristine coastline, the Okefenokee Swamp, and thriving forestlands.  “These are resources we cherish and strive to protect for future generations.  “We are also one of the fastest growing economies in the country.  “Billions of dollars of investment are flowing to my district, fueled by Georgia’s pro-business policies, low-electricity rates, and access to the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick.  “To the detriment of my district and the stated goals of this administration, the EPA’s regulatory agenda is poised to choke the prospects for increased prosperity.  “The recently finalized Particulate Matter—PM2.5—standard will gridlock permitting at new and expanded manufacturing facilities.  “By placing the standard so close to the natural background level, studies indicate that nearly 80 percent of manufacturing projects would fail to obtain a permit, including the $5.5 billion Hyundai EV battery plant in my district.  “Luckily, this investment received its permit before the standard was revised.  “China controls over seventy-five percent of the EV battery supply chain and actions like the PM2.5 standard threaten to tighten their chokehold on battery manufacturing.  “Meanwhile, the EPA, in its zealous rush to green agenda, has mandated that almost 70 percent of new passenger vehicles sold by 2032 be electric.  “I am not anti-EV. I believe there is a market for EVs, and we should be building up our entire supply chain, including in Georgia, to reduce reliance on China.  “However, I am anti-mandate. The EPA’s EV mandate reduces consumer choice, and its efforts to limit new critical mineral refining ties us to China and threatens grid reliability.”  EPA’S ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH DOESN’T WORK   “While the administration pushes grandiose electrification visions, the EPA seems to have forgotten that electricity does not come from the plug.  “The illegal Clean Power Plan 2.0 threatens to shutter 16 percent of our reliable, baseload generation that comes from coal-fired power—stranding assets, raising rates, and increasing blackouts.  “Section 111 of the Clean Air Act requires the 'best system of emission reduction' to be ‘adequately demonstrated.’  “By mandating that states require coal-fired plants with a useful life beyond 2039 achieve 90 percent carbon capture by 2032, the EPA overstepped its authority and will land itself back in crosshairs of the Courts.  “No coal-fired power plant in North America has achieved a 90 percent capture rate. There are no projects to demonstrate this even close to deployment. Guesswork is not a basis for telling states what standards to set.  “The EPA does not even have a history of timely permitting the injection wells necessary for carbon sequestration.  “I note, two states EPA has finally allowed to do this have permitted more injection sites in just two years than the EPA has in a decade—not a sign that EPA is serious about relying on this technology.”  IMPORTANCE OF WORKING WITH STATE REGULATORS   “I am surprised, that since you are a former State regulator, the administration has not more effectively leveraged your experience and relationships with your co-regulators, the States.  “Unfortunately, a much different relationship has been fostered and it is my view that the agency has drifted far from the statutory principle of cooperative federalism. “Last year’s Interstate Transport Rule underscores this sad situation. “In the rule, the EPA denied 21 State Implementation Plans for ozone standards and less than one month later, the agency imposed Federal Implementation Plans on 23 states, nearly half of the country. “Now, the agency finds itself again in the Supreme Court. Something that could have been avoided if the agency had worked with its co-regulators. “Today, we will explore these regulatory topics, as well as the agency’s activities with its massive infusion of funding from the IRA. “It is imperative that Congress conducts robust oversight of the more than $41.5 billion given to EPA in the IRA, including the $31 billion in taxpayer funds the EPA was provided for its green bank and environmental justice block grant programs.”



May 15, 2024
Big Tech

Bipartisan Energy and Commerce Leaders Announce Legislative Hearing on Sunsetting Section 230

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced a Communications and Technology Subcommittee legislative hearing titled “Legislative Proposal to Sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act."  “For years, lawmakers have made efforts to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but have faced relentless opposition. Failure to revisit and reform this law is both irresponsible and untenable. We look forward to hearing from experts and stakeholders as we discuss the future of Section 230 and consider draft legislation that would sunset the decades-old law and force Congress and stakeholders to work together in good faith to develop a long-term solution—one that both preserves the ability to innovate while also ensuring safety and accountability for the harms platforms pose.”  Subcommittee on Communications and Technology legislative hearing titled “Legislative Proposal to Sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act."   WHAT: A hearing to discuss legislation to sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.    DATE: Wednesday, May 22, 2024   TIME: 10:00 AM ET   LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building   Legislative proposals to be considered: H.R. __ , legislative proposal to sunset Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Noah Jackson at Noah.Jackson@mail.house.gov . If you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at Sean.Kelly@mail.house.gov .