Fred Upton

Upton, Murkowski collecting donations with joint committee

International Business Times

The chairs of the House and Senate Energy committees—Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska—have created a joint fundraising committee that is attracting donations from major players in the oil and gas industry, the International Business Times reports.

Heritage Action lobbying against House energy reform legislation

The Hill

The House energy reform bill – the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act pushed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. – interferes too much in the free market operations of the energy sector, lobbyists for the conservative Heritage Action for America are telling lawmakers, The Hill reports.

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Pallone warns of veto as House Energy bill loses bipartisan legs

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's long-running effort to update the nation's energy policy will head to the floor with little Democratic support—and a warning from the committee's ranking member that it wouldn't pass muster with the White House.

The bill, once touted as a widely bipartisan effort, was approved by a vote of 32-20 at Wednesday's markup, with just three Democrats joining Republicans. The contentious vote occurred just one day after the decision by the committee's chairman, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., to jettison the bill's original text in favor of a substitute that added a number of provisions that Democrats wouldn't accept.

Ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said the move undermined Upton's stated goal of advancing a bipartisan energy bill, adding that it was “totally wrong” to assume that the new language could win President Barack Obama's approval.

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Late changes to House energy bill threaten to derail bipartisan approach

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's long effort to advance a broad, bipartisan energy reform package hit a roadblock Tuesday, after late Republican changes to the bill drove the committee’s top Democrat to “strongly oppose” the measure.

At a markup session for the bill, which has been in the works since last summer, ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said he couldn’t support the bill, after the chairman -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. -- made a number of “significant and controversial changes” hours before the meeting.

Upton on Tuesday released a manager’s amendment that, if adopted, would strike the original text of the bill in favor of his rewrite. The committee plans to vote Wednesday to send the package, which includes measures to update energy infrastructure and promote energy efficiency, to the House floor.

GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky won't seek re-election

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield announced on Tuesday that he will not seek a 12th term, ending a 20-year political career that helped alter the dynamic of Kentucky politics.

Whitfield made the announcement in a news release. The Hopkinsville Republican was first elected to Congress in 1994. His term ends in January 2017.

Lawmakers seek documents, briefing in probe of VW emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As they prepare to haul Volkswagen officials before Congress, lawmakers are seeking evidence about how VW was able to cheat on emissions tests and how the German automaker was ultimately caught.

The bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Volkswagen's CEO Tuesday requesting all documents and communications related to compliance with the Clean Air Act and federal emissions standards. Committee leaders also want documents related to compliance with California's emission standards.

GAO, Republicans fault EPA for poorly managing grants

The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to properly manage billions of dollars in grants awarded to states, local governments, tribes and other organizations, completely meeting just 2 of its 17 performance goals between 2009 and 2013, a government watchdog has found.

Republicans used the Government Accountability Office’s report to blast the agency for poor stewardship of taxpayer dollars. But the agency, while agreeing to implement the report’s recommendations, said some of its conclusions went too far and didn’t give EPA enough credit.

Upton Press Office

Crude exports, House energy reform set for committee votes

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is looking to advance a bill to lift the Commerce Department’s ban on crude oil exports, as well as bipartisan legislation to reform federal energy policy.

The committee on Monday evening announced it will hold markup sessions on the crude export bill from Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, on Wednesday and the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 on Thursday.

EnergyGuardian Photo

Upton backs crude exports, sets subcommittee vote to end ban

The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday officially declared his support for ending the Commerce Department's ban on crude oil exports, saying “the time to lift the ban is now."

Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., saying that significant growth in U.S. oil production had rendered the 40-year-old policy “obsolete," announced that the Energy and Power subcommittee would vote Thursday on a bill by Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, to lift the ban.

PHMSA faulted for inaction after California oil spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that oversees the safety of the nation's pipelines failed to follow through on congressional reforms that could have made a difference in a May break that created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, a House committee chairman said Tuesday.

In a rare display of agreement on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats on the Energy and Power Subcommittee expressed frustration with inaction by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which has yet to complete more than a dozen requirements outlined in a 2011 federal law.


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