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Upton Outlines Energy and Commerce Accomplishments in First Six Months of 112th Congress

“Creating jobs and helping put our state’s economy back on track remain my very top priorities.”

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Washington, DC, Jul 8, 2011 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761) | comments
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) yesterday released a progress report on the committee’s work in the first half of the year, revealing that the panel has produced legislation to save taxpayers close to $90 billion, protect nearly 4 million jobs from being destroyed by job-crushing regulations, and create another 150,000+ jobs via American Energy Initiative legislation to increase domestic production and energy security while bringing down prices at the pump. These new numbers are included in the committee’s Second Quarter Report, which Upton released Wednesday evening to committee members and the House Republican leadership.

“Creating jobs and helping put our state’s economy back on track remain my very top priorities,” said Upton.  “The work we have been doing at Energy and Commerce supports an agenda that puts Michigan’s working families and job creators first.  From promoting an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that creates jobs, lowers energy prices, and fortifies our energy security, to putting a halt on overreaching, job-stifling regulations that affect all southwest Michigan companies, we are fulfilling our promise to the American people to put our economy first and make our nation more competitive.”

The second quarter update summarizes major accomplishments and ongoing initiatives in each of the six subcommittees. Excerpts follow.

Led by Chairman Mary Bono Mack and Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn, the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee focused its work in the first half of this year on our nation’s economic infrastructure – the conditions and framework in which commerce occurs and jobs are created. This includes everything from trading partnerships and export opportunities to the security of consumer information and individual privacy in an increasingly digital world. …

With Chairman Greg Walden at the helm alongside Vice Chairman Lee Terry, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee used the first six months of the 112th Congress to promote innovation and assure that federal policy keeps pace with a dynamic and growing technology marketplace. …

Energy is at the forefront of the House agenda for the 112th Congress. Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield and Vice Chairman John Sullivan deserve a great deal of credit for shepherding an aggressive, all-of-the-above energy agenda through our Committee and to the House floor. …

Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus and Vice Chairman Tim Murphy steered this newly created panel through one of the most eye-opening investigations in recent years, exposing rampant abuse of authority at the nation’s top nuclear regulatory authority. At the same time, this panel continues to play a central role in the effort to identify and provide relief from federal regulations that threaten American jobs. …

Under the leadership of Chairman Joe Pitts and Vice Chairman Dr. Michael Burgess, the Health Subcommittee has been at the forefront of GOP efforts to expose the hidden costs and devastating consequences of Obamacare. After our historic vote to repeal the law on the House floor in January, the panel began dismantling Obamacare one program at a time, advancing a series of bills to save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars and eliminating the unchecked spending power of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). …

With Chairman Cliff Stearns leading the charge in tandem with the Vice Chairs of the other five Subcommittees, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee has conducted numerous inquiries into waste, fraud, and abuse within the Committee’s jurisdiction. …

To read the full text of the memo from Chairman Upton, please click here.