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GAO: 'Sue and settle' did not drive EPA rules

Republicans in Congress got scant support from the Government Accountability Office in a new report released Wednesday for their claims the Obama administration has pursued a "sue-and-settle" strategy to justify new regulations on industry.

In the Dec. 15 report, originally requested in 2013 by three prominent House Republicans, GAO said seven settlements from 2008 to 2013 of Clean Air Act suits had only "limited" impact on agency rulemaking.

GOP to boost panels’ subpoena power in House


Committee chairs like Energy and Commerce chief Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., would be able to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses without consulting the ranking Democrats on their panels – as Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., did in the last Congress -- under changes being considered for the new session, Politico reports.

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GOP energy trio seeks new info from FERC on carbon rule

The Republican leaders of House and Senate energy committees on Monday put new pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as they seek to push the regulator to take a watchdog role with regard to the Obama administration's power plants carbon rule.

In letters, they called on the four sitting members  -- other than Chairman Cheryl LaFleur -- to explain whether they or their staffs advised the Environmental Protection Agency on the electricity reliability impacts of the pending rule.

NRC falls short in costing rules: GAO

The Hill

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission follows some, but not enough, of best practices when it comes to costing rules it proposes, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office which was made public by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., The Hill reports.

Keystone, efficiency likely to be focus for Upton’s energy plans

Roll Call

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will likely make swift moves to get legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline and energy efficiency going through the new congress, and his “Architecture of Abundance” strategy revealed over the summer could provide further clues to his thinking, Roll Call reports.

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GOP energy chiefs urge FERC role on carbon rule

The Republican leaders of two energy committees in Congress on Monday called on federal grid regulators to bring in the Energy Department, utilities and state regulators to delve into potential electricity shortfalls stemming from the Obama administration's planned power plants carbon rule.

In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, the three lawmakers said she should quickly hold a technical conference on the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency rule, following a Dec. 1 agency comment deadline.

Outside money fails to sink Upton

The Hill

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, dodged the bullet of a last-minute blitz of outside money to win re-election, promising to work for affordable energy prices, The Hill reports.

Upton fighting tough re-election battle

The Hill

The re-election contest for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is attracting last-minute money -- including some from the American Future Fund for an ad extolling his support for the Keystone XL pipeline -- as polling indicates his race against Democrat Paul Clements is a tight one, The Hill reports.

House Energy chair in significant re-election contest

National Journal

If Democrats make a good showing on Election Day against Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it would give them a boost toward winning the seat in two years’ time, National Journal reports.

Bloomquist heads from House Energy panel to lobbying firm

The Hill

Mike Bloomquist, the lead counsel for the GOP majority on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is leaving to work for lobbying firm Kountoupes Denham, with panel chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., thanking him for his contributions, The Hill reports.


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