Solyndra Execs to Plead the Fifth at House Energy and Commerce Witch Hunt

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 10:50 am

Solyndra executives are being hauled before a GOP House Committee today, the latest props in the conservative right’s war on clean energy. Solyndra recently went belly up after obtaining over $500 million in DOE loan guarantees that were allegedly helped along by the White House. The House Energy and Commerce Committee wants to bat them [...]

Invisible Town Hall Revolution Continues to Roll, With Real Impact on GOP

By: Friday August 19, 2011 10:52 am

We’re seeing more evidence today of the “Invisible Town Hall Revolution,” the pushback by ordinary Americans for progressive values like tax fairness, good jobs now and the social safety net. Freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren was cornered at one of his town halls by constituents who demanded taxes on the wealthy. This is great stuff: “We [...]

Catfood Commission II Member Contributors Revealed: Lots and Lots of Bank Cash

By: Monday August 15, 2011 2:40 pm

Rep. Fred Upton says the Catfood Commission II has already gotten to work. I don’t know if that simply means that the members have already started raising money off the fact that they’re members of the Catfood Commission II or what. But apparently there’s been a little activity. Upton said he’s not talking about any [...]

Republicans Choose Their Interchangeable Parts for Catfood Commission II

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:30 am

There were no real surprises among the choices made by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell for the Catfood Commission II. It’s perhaps interesting to note that Paul Ryan didn’t make the cut, but I guess Boehner figured that he’s toxic and therefore not a good face to put on the committee. Instead, Boehner picked two [...]

NEC Director Sperling Savages Ryan Medicaid Cuts

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:32 am

I’ve been banging the drum about the possibility of Medicaid cuts as a grand bargain safety valve. It appears the Republicans are thinking the same way. While Democrats keep hammering Republicans over a House budget that would turn Medicare into a voucher program, Republicans have been trying to shift the focus back to Medicaid. Hatch [...]

EPA: The Clean Air Act Cleans the Air

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 12:34 pm

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson appeared before Fred Upton’s House Energy and Commerce Committee and made the mistake of introducing facts into the discussion of whether or not to gut the Clean Air Act. From her opening statement: The bill appears to be part of a broader effort in this Congress to delay, weaken, or eliminate [...]

Upton Shuts Down Clean Energy Standard

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 11:01 am

Fred Upton put the final nail into the clean energy standard’s coffin today: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) on Monday criticized the notion of a federal “clean energy standard” for electric utilities, comments that highlight the political hurdles facing a central piece of the White House energy agenda. In a wide-ranging [...]

Republicans Seek Elimination of EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 9:51 am

Fred Upton (R-MI), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has released his bill which would block the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. This bill will likely get a vote in the House when they return to session. Rep. Fred Upton (R. Mich.), chair of the House [...]

House Republicans Seek Ban on EPA Regulations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Friday January 21, 2011 7:33 am

With health care repeal out of the way, House Republicans will now try to please their constituents with another rollback, this time of EPA regulations. And when I say “constituents,” I mean the energy lobby. Top staff members for key House and Senate Republicans met in a closed-door session Tuesday with energy industry interests to [...]

House Republicans Cool to Oil Spill Commission Recommendations; Obama Considering Executive Action

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 8:14 am

Robert Menendez plans to reintroduce his bill, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act, that would lift the $75 million liability cap on oil company damages in the event of oil spills. “The commission is clear: Not only are more spills of this magnitude entirely possible, but taxpayers and coastal communities remain financially exposed,” said Menendez [...]

EPA Regulations May Survive Due to Gridlock

By: Friday January 7, 2011 10:36 am

Among the many wackadoo bills introduced by the new House majority are a few to basically abolish the EPA’s regulating capacity: On the first full day of legislative business, House Republicans introduced measures on Wednesday to block the environmental agency’s proposed regulation of greenhouse gases and new rules limiting toxic air emissions from cement factories [...]

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