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...
Upton, Walden, and Terry Call on FCC to Show Economic Analysis Behind Controversial Internet Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Vice Chairman Lee Terry (R-NE) yesterday sent the following letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski requesting the economic and market analysis included in the commission's order to impose controversial Internet rules. The letter pushes Genachowski to demonstrate the FCC's actions will not harm our economy or ability to innovate.
March 3, 2011
The Hon. Julius GenachowskiChairmanFederal Communications Commission445 12th Street SWWashington,...
Secretary Sebelius Admits to Double-Counting Budget Gimmicks in Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), today convened a hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the president's fiscal year 2012 budget requests and implementation of the health care law. This was Secretary Sebelius' first time testifying before the subcommittee since the passage of the health care package.
"With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), we have found there are several sections of this new law that require mandatory...
Leading Bipartisan Voices on Energy Policy Introduce Energy Tax Prevention Act
WASHINGTON, DC - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives today introduced the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), a bill to block EPA's controversial backdoor climate change agenda that would further drive up the price of energy for American consumers and job creators at a time when gas prices are already spiking and job creation remains weak. The bill is narrowly drawn to clarify the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act, preserving the law's important and longstanding functions to reduce air pollution.
Head of Council on Competitiveness says foreign counterparts, "Are making fun of the United States now because of our corporate tax structure."
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Thursday convened a hearing to examine specific steps that can be taken to create new jobs, as well as to bring jobs back to the United States from abroad. Witnesses repeatedly testified that unfair taxes and burdensome regulations are stifling economic growth.
"After a record 20 straight months of unemployment above 9 percent, it's time to finally free American innovation and ingenuity - long held hostage by...
CMS Fails to Provide Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Estimate
WASHINGTON, DC -The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), today concluded a hearing on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. The amount of fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs has risen steadily over the last forty years, in spite of promises from numerous administrations to eliminate such fraud. GAO has continually designated Medicare as a "High Risk" since 1990 and Medicaid since 2003.
During the hearing, an administration witness from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...