Health Subcommittee Passes Five Bills to Eliminate Slush Fund, Limit HHS' Unprecedented Power and Restore Congress' Fiduciary Duty
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today approved five bills that repeal the Health and Human Services Secretary's unlimited tap on Treasury to fund state exchange grants, eliminate unaccountable slush funds, and restore Congress' oversight by replacing some direct mandatory spending and subjecting it to the annual appropriations process.
Section 1311(a) of PPACA provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services an unlimited amount of funds for state-based exchange grants. H.R. 1213, authored by Rep. Fred Upton...
Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Discusses Critical Chemical Security Program
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Thursday convened a legislative hearing to discuss H.R. 908, a bill to extend the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security to maintain the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program.
Subcommittee members Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced this bipartisan bill to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS) for seven years, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue its anti-terrorism security efforts at...
Energy and Commerce Committee Launches Investigation into Administration's Efforts to Pull the Plug on Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy today notified Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko that it is launching an investigation into the decision-making process to terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) are launching the inquiry after reviewing available evidence indicating there was no scientific or technical basis for withdrawing the application. In the wake of the tragic earthquake and...
Foster: Win/Win to Drop Coverage
During a Health Subcommittee hearing on the true cost of the health care law, CMS Chief Actuary Rick Foster today told Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), "For businesses that have relatively low-income workers, it can turn out to be a win/win for them to drop their former coverage and assist their employees into getting coverage through the exchange."
What a difference 21 months and one massive law make.
"If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period."
(President Barack Obama,...
Rep. Fred Upton in Politico: Previewing the President's Energy Speech
People are already angry about high gas prices. But they really get steamed when they learn how much their own government is contributing to the problem. It's time for Congress to impose a cease-fire in the Obama administration's war on lower gasoline prices.
A host of factors affect the price of gas. Some, like the upheaval in Libya, are outside our control. But federal laws and regulations that increase energy costs are another matter. They were made in Washington -- and can be repealed by Washington.
During the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing today, Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chief Actuary Rick Foster provided insight into the true cost of the health care law, including the effects on private policies, the federal deficit, and medical devices.
Health Care Law Increases Cost for Privately Insured
TranscriptRep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): This bill through its cost shifting mechanism drives up the cost for privately insured.
Medicare Cuts "Not Sustainable"Without Cuts, Not the Same...
President Obama Claims Shorter Leases for Oil Producers Will Encourage Development
During remarks this morning at Georgetown University, President Obama proclaimed, "Right now, the industry holds tens of millions of acres of leases where it's not producing a drop - sitting on supplies of American energy just waiting to be tapped. That's why part of our plan is to provide new and better incentives that promote rapid, responsible development of these resources."
Rather than pursue thoughtful, visionary solutions, the administration continues the stale blame game of yesterday, chiding the very companies who have been victimized by its de facto...
Previewing the President's Energy Speech: Department of Interior Scapegoats U.S. Job Creators for Failed Energy Policies
WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of President Obama's speech today on U.S. energy policy, his Department of Interior has issued a new report chiding U.S. oil and gas companies for our lack of domestic production. The report attempts to blame U.S. companies and job creators for undeveloped leases while stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the administration's role in the stalled development of our nation's energy supplies. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) made the following statement regarding the Interior Department's analysis:
"It is not correct for...