Fox News' Roundtable on Sebelius' "Accidental Truth"
First... Chief Actuary Rick Foster Says: Cuts in Medicare "cannot be simultaneously used to finance other Federal outlays (such as the coverage expansions) and to extend the trust fund."
Then... President Obama Agrees:"What I do agree with is that you can't say you're saving on Medicare and then spend the money twice."
Now... Secretary Sebelius Admits:Shimkus: "Are you using it to save Medicare or to fund health care reform?"Sebelius: "Both."
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Fox News' Roundtable Analysis"The classic definition...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Approves Resolution to Reverse FCC's Internet Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today approved H.J.Res. 37, a congressional Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the FCC's controversial Internet rules. The resolution passed through the subcommittee by a vote of 15 to 8.
"We have an open and thriving Internet thanks to our historical hands-off approach," said Walden. "The Internet works pretty well; it's the government that doesn't. Rather than show an actual problem, the FCC relies on speculation of future harm. The FCC...
What to Watch For In the Fight Against a Government Takeover of the Internet
Today, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), is holding a hearing and vote on H.J. Res. 37, a congressional Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the FCC's controversial Internet rules.
Subcommittee consideration was postponed by a week to convene an additional hearing at the request of the committee's minority, and Chairman Walden is extending an offer to the panel's Democrats to allow for significant additional debate time on the measure, which under law cannot be amended. Protecting the...
Upton, Walden, and Terry Find FCC's Economic Analysis Lacking
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission's failure to provide an adequate economic or market analysis in the commission's order to impose controversial Internet rules. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Vice Chairman Lee Terry (R-NE) sent a letter on March 3, 2011, requesting the FCC to point to the analysis in its order before the subcommittee votes on a resolution to reverse the...
Upton, Inhofe Question Process for Reconsidering EPA's Ozone Standards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a follow-up letter sent today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) raised concerns with the process and timing for EPA's unwarranted and premature reconsideration of the agency's 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground level ozone. Upton and Inhofe are particularly concerned that the agency is deviating from the statutory review process under the Clean Air Act and...
Energy and Power Subcommittee Announces Vote on Bill to Stop EPA From Driving up Gasoline and Energy Prices, Harming Job Creation
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), has scheduled a vote on H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. The subcommittee markup will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The legislation was first released in discussion draft form on February 2 and formally introduced by bipartisan House leaders on March 3. The Energy Tax Prevention Act is designed to...
Fact Check: Resolution Disapproving the FCC's Internet Rules
- The Congressional Review Act provides Congress the authority to reverse federal regulations issued by unelected bureaucrats. H.J.Res. 37 would eliminate uncertainty created in the marketplace by the FCC's overreaching power-grab.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, an original cosponsor of the CRA, has described the process as a "reasonable, sensible approach to regulatory reform."
- In the House, a resolution of disapproval is subject to the ordinary legislative process; however, it is not subject to amendment.
- In the Senate, the CRA provides an expedited process...
Upton Statement on Murphy-Green Bill on Chemical Plant Security
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today applauded Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Gene Green (D-TX) for introducing H.R. 908, a bipartisan bill to extend the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) at the Department of Homeland Security to September 30, 2018. First authorized in 2006, the program ensures chemical facilities throughout the U.S. have the information and technical guidance they need to safeguard their facilities from terrorists and to comply with the CFATS standards.
"Protecting our chemical plants from terrorist threats is...