NEWS: CNBC "Energy Department Altered Solyndra-Related Documents"
In the midst of the ongoing Solyndra debacle, recent media reports raised questions about a $1.2 billion loan guarantee given to the solar company SunPower through the same program that brought us Solyndra. CNBC has discovered several SunPower references were apparently whitewashed from the DOE website, raising alarming questions as Congressional investigators are still collecting documents related to the Solyndra investigation. What other information has DOE tampered with related to SunPower or, for that matter, Solyndra and the overall loan guarantee program?
Energy Department Altered Solyndra-Related Documents
Committee Leaders Renew Request for Internal White House Solyndra Documents
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) wrote to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler renewing their request for all internal White House communications related to Solyndra. The White House recently informed the committee that it would not turn over any internal documents related to Solyndra. Upton and Stearns initially requested the internal communications on October 5, 2011 after documents revealed the President's closest confidantes monitored the Solyndra loan.
OPINION: Harold Ford Jr. in the Wall Street Journal "Where the Jobs Are"
The Wall Street JournalBy HAROLD FORD JR.
Philadelphia's historic shipyard will soon be the construction site for two huge oil-tanker transport ships, each weighing more than 115,000 tons. This new investment will create 1,000 jobs--great news for Philadelphia but even better news for America. Despite all the criticism about Washington's inability to jump-start our economy, American businesses remain confident enough to pursue big projects like this $400 million ExxonMobil venture.
In Alaska, meanwhile, more jobs are on the way after the Obama administration's announcement last...
White House Refuses to Turn Over Internal Solyndra Documents
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) responded to the recent letter from White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that the White House would not provide internal White House communications related to Solyndra. On October 5, 2011, the committee leaders requested the internal communications after recently produced documents revealed the President's closest confidantes monitored the Solyndra loan.
Upton and Stearns made the following statement:
"What is the White...
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Leaders Welcome "Bill Shock" Agreement to Inform Consumers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Lee Terry (R-NE), the chairman and vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today welcomed news of an agreement reached by the Federal Communications Commission and the wireless industry to avert "bill shock" among wireless users. The agreement calls for carriers to alert consumers before they reach their wireless plan limits, giving them advance warning before they accrue additional charges. Notably, the agreement for an industry standard to improve disclosure to consumers comes through consultation...
The Protect Life Act (H.R. 358)
The Protect Life Act, authored by Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), respects the will of the majority of Americans and prohibits federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under President Obama’s health care law.
The bill also provides conscience protection for health care professionals and ensures that private insurance companies are not forced to cover abortion.
The language is consistent with the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health care law adopted by the House in 2009, but excluded from the final law.
Why is it necessary?
Rep. David McKinley in The Hill: Congress should vote to protect renewable coal ash
This week the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected President Obama's jobs bill. But there is another jobs bill on the horizon, and this one can pass the Senate.
I authored H.R. 2273 to establish a state-based regulatory framework for the disposal and management of coal ash and it is set to hit the House floor today. It will improve the economy and strengthen public health, and unlike most things in Washington these days, is genuinely bipartisan.
Coal ash is an unavoidable byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity. Much of...
Committee Members Introduce FDA Reform Package to Protect American Patients, Jobs, and Medical Innovation
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States for decades has led the global medical device industry, providing life-saving and life-improving devices to patients and employing more than two million people in device-related jobs. However, the Food and Drug Administration's unpredictable, inconsistent, and non-transparent handling of the review process has threatened our nation's medical device leadership, hurting patients, American jobs, and innovation. After hearing from patients, inventors, investors, and employers, committee members from both sides of the aisle introduced ten legislative solutions to improve the predictability, consistency, and transparency of...