House Energy & Commerce Committee Announces Hearings and Votes for Week of Sept. 19

The Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Fred Upton, R-MI, and his subcommittees in the House of Representatives, have done yeomans work at providing oversight over the Obama administration since the Republicans took control of the House less than 9 months ago.

The committee announced today that it will vote on legislation to provide American job creators relief from EPA’s burdensome regulations and strengthen pipeline safety. Subcommittees will hold hearings to examine drug shortages and to further investigate the Obama administration’s Solyndra scandal and the Department of Energy’s failed loan guarantee program.
 
The rest of the Energy and Commerce Committee's press release is directly below:

A Look Ahead: Committee Announces Hearings and Votes for Week of September 19

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced its schedule for the week of September 19. The committee will vote on legislation to provide American job creators relief from EPA’s burdensome regulations and strengthen pipeline safety. Subcommittees will hold hearings to examine drug shortages and to further investigate the Obama administration’s Solyndra scandal and the Department of Energy’s failed loan guarantee program. The full House will vote on H.R. 2401, the TRAIN Act, to require an analysis of the cumulative impacts of EPA regulations on jobs, energy prices and reliability, and America’s global competitiveness.

The committee is also taking a closer look at efforts by the Obama administration to cut spending. Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) sent letters this week to the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Commerce, and Office of Management and Budget seeking information about their involvement in a federal budget review.

President Obama promised the American people a more fiscally responsible federal government and has repeatedly called for a line-by-line review of the federal budget. Given renewed efforts to reduce the deficit, the committee plans to take a close look at what, if any, steps the administration has taken in that effort to date. They write, “While we commend the president’s stated commitment to this critical effort, it is not apparent to us that this objective has been translated into practice.” The committee will continue this investigation with a series of hearings later this fall examining agency budgets and opportunities to reduce the deficit.

On Thursday, September 22, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold the seventh hearing in its regulatory reform series on “The EPA’s Regulatory Planning, Analysis, and Major Actions.” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will testify about EPA’s rulemaking process. Under Jackson’s leadership, the agency has issued an unprecedented number of major new rules imposing costly burdens on American businesses and consumers. A witness list and background information will be available here when it is posted.

On Friday, September 23, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “From DOE Loan Guarantee to Bankruptcy to FBI Raid:  What Solyndra's Executives Knew.” The subcommittee will hear testimony from Solyndra executives regarding the $535 million loan guarantee, taxpayer funds they received as part of the DOE's much heralded stimulus program.  A witness list and background information will be available here when it is posted.

Also on Friday, September 23, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on “Examining the Increase in Drug Shortage.” Drug shortages have forced doctors and hospitals to ration life-saving drugs, irreparably harming those patients denied treatment.  Members will hear from the administration, doctors, hospitals, distributors, pharmacists and drug manufacturers on the magnitude of the problem and what Congress can do to help. A witness list and background information will be available here when it is posted.

Hearing and Vote Details

Thursday, September 22, 2011
9:00 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Hearing on “Regulatory Reform Series #7 - The EPA’s Regulatory Planning, Analysis, and Major Actions.”

Friday, September 23, 2011
9:30 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Hearing on “From DOE Loan Guarantee to Bankruptcy to FBI Raid:  What Solyndra's Executives Knew.” 

Friday, September 23, 2011
9:30 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on “Examining the Increase in Drug Shortages.”

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