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Upton Selected as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy

Powerful subcommittee has jurisdiction over national energy policy

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Washington, January 6, 2017 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

Today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden announced the selection of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, to Chair the Subcommittee on Energy.

“My home state of Michigan is a national leader in promoting 21st century energy policies having just enacted long-term, bipartisan energy legislation. We must work to do the same here at the federal level. Energy solutions have always been a priority and we will continue to promote “all-of-the-above” strategies. Whether it be assuring families have access to affordable energy, updating standards and safety for pipelines, providing appropriate security for our grid, developing safer technologies for emerging energy productions, and using energy as part of our diplomatic arsenal,” said Upton. “During the past six years as chairman of the full committee on Energy and Commerce, we accomplished big things for American families, workers, and businesses. Bold solutions to problems big and small. And now, with this new assignment, we expect the same bipartisan record of success to continue. America’s energy future is bright. We’re excited to get to work.”

“Under Fred’s Chairmanship the committee held 562 hearings, had 354 measures passed through the House, and 202 bills and provisions signed into law. I know moving forward that Fred will bring that same dedication and hard work that has come to define him as he takes up the gavel of the Subcommittee on Energy,” said Walden. “His legislative accomplishments from 21st Century Cures to landmark chemical safety reform are further evidence that the Subcommittee on Energy is in good hands in the 115th Congress.”

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