Upton’s opening remarks at Full Committee Markup
WASHINGTON, DC – Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Fred Upton (R-MI) delivered the following opening remarks today at a full committee markup on 26 bills.
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman for scheduling this Full Committee markup. We have 11 bills before us today that were reported by the Energy Subcommittee, and we have bipartisan agreement on almost all of them.
I am pleased to see a bipartisan agreement was reached on the energy and manufacturing workforce development bill. This is a big win for all of us, and I look forward to a big vote so we can build momentum and finally get this one across the finish line given our history with this bill through multiple Congresses.
We also came together to reauthorize DOE’s weatherization program. This is an important program for the States, including Michigan, to help reduce energy costs for low income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. This is an expired program that continues to receive funding every year, so I am glad we are finally able to come together and reassert this Committee’s role as authorizers.
I am also pleased that the Full Committee will soon report our bipartisan cyber bills from last Congress, including my legislation to codify DOE’s authorities regarding the cybersecurity of the nation’s pipeline system.
Finally, I want to thank Chairman Pallone and Chairman Rush for continuing to work with us to reauthorize PHMSA’s pipeline safety program on a bipartisan basis. We are making a great deal of progress, but we are not quite there yet. Our Committee’s precedent is to report a bipartisan pipeline safety bill, and so we will continue to work in the weeks ahead to get there.
I would also like to commend our committee’s work on the very important healthcare bills we are considering today. Many programs I have long supported, such as Community Health Centers, PCORI, and the Special Diabetes program are getting much-needed extensions.
I am also pleased that we are moving legislation tackling the issue of surprise medical billing. It seems that every member of this committee has heard from someone in their district who has faced this problem.
With that, Mr. Chairman, I yield back.