House Leadership Commends Repeal of Sebelius Slush Fund
Majority Leader Eric Cantor"These funds could be used to continue wasteful and duplicative programs that fail to actually improve health care for Americans. By repealing this fund, we ensure that public health programs of highest priority will continue to be supported by Congress."
Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling"Eliminating this taxpayer-funded slush fund is one piece of this crucial fight for real health care reform that respects the right of individual Americans to make their own health care decisions. This kind of spending cut helps place...
Upton Response to President's Budget Speech
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's speech on deficit reduction, in which he outlined changes to Medicare and Medicaid and offered a plan to increase taxes:
"Today the president said we need to "˜live within our means.' While I could not agree more with his goal, I believe there is a significant difference between increasing the government's means and spending within our means. After submitting budgets three years in a row with...
House Strips Nearly $18 Billion in Unaccountable Spending Authorized in Obamacare
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement after the House approved H.R. 1217, a bill to repeal $17.75 billion in mandatory spending, and the unaccountable prevention and public health fund for which it was authorized, under the president's controversial health care law. The Secretary of Health and Human Services was granted full authority to spend the funds without any further Congressional action, making the program a virtual slush fund that could be used for practically any purpose the Secretary...
Subcommittee Discusses Use of Spectrum with Public Safety and Industry Experts
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today held a hearing to examine the use of spectrum to expand broadband access, advance public safety, create jobs, and lower the deficit. Slade Gorton, former U.S. Senator and member of the 9/11 Commission, and Charles Dowd, Deputy Chief of the New York Police Department's Communications Division, discussed options to provide spectrum for public safety. Industry experts also provided input on ways to extend the reach of broadband.
Energy and Commerce Continues Standing Up to EPA's Costly Regulatory Regime
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week continued working to protect American families and job creators from the Environmental Protection Agency's reckless regulatory agenda. On Thursday, the House voted on the committee's legislation to stop the EPA's controversial greenhouse gas rules, which would increase costs for consumers and make America less competitive. Also this week, the Energy and Power Subcommittee, convened a hearing to discuss bipartisan draft legislation that would provide American businesses and regulators with a greater understanding of the global...
House Votes to Overturn the FCC's Internet Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released the following statement after the House passed H.J.Res 37, a resolution disapproving the Federal Communications Commission's controversial Internet rules:
"Today the House gave voice to the American people by voting to ensure the Internet remains open and free from unwarranted and unwelcome government regulation. The FCC's rules threaten to chill the very investment and innovation we need to ensure the Internet keeps pace with the growing demands being placed on it. The House vote preserves...
SBA vs EPA on GHG
U.S. House Puts Families First, Approves Bipartisan Bill to Stop EPA From Driving Up Gasoline and Energy Prices, Harming Job Creation
U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Chief Counsel for Advocacy Claudia Rodgers testified yesterday on Capitol Hill that the Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly rebuffed SBA requests for EPA to study the economic effects of proposed greenhouse gas regulations on the nation's small businesses.
According to Rodger's prepared testimony:
"In four years of regulatory activity, EPA has not evaluated the economic effects that its...
Upton Launches Podcast Series – "Committee Conversations"
Listen Here for the inaugural podcast with Committee Chair Rep. Fred Upton and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chair, Rep. Ed Whitfield on the Energy Tax Prevention Act
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