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  • Encryption gets its Gang of Eight

    03/21/2016 3:35:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/21/16 | Joel Gehrke
    A pair of House committees is forming a bipartisan working group of eight lawmakers to prepare for possible legislation addressing how the widespread use of encryption affects law enforcement investigations. "The bipartisan encryption working group will examine the issues surrounding this ongoing national debate," House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton. R-Mich., said Monday. As chairman of the two committees that have jurisdiction over encryption issues, Goodlatte and Upton are ex officio chairs of the working group. They released that statement jointly along with Michigan Rep. John Conyers and New Jersey Rep. Steve...
  • Rep. Upton: Under GOP President, Congress Will be ‘Ready’ to Repeal, Replace Obamacare

    02/20/2016 10:55:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 19, 2016 | 10:34 AM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) says that Congress will be prepared to successfully repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, if a Republican president is elected in November. "If a Republican president is sworn into office in only 11 months, we are going to be ready," Upton said. "That is the challenge that Speaker [Paul] Ryan put before us." [...] In laying out the main elements of the Republican replacement proposal, the 15-term congressman also noted that it will remove several key features of the ACA. ...
  • FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

    02/25/2015 10:18:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-25-2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Two prominent House committee chairs are deeply disappointed in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as the future of the Internet is at stake. Wheelers refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCCs vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committees chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.
  • Why Did This Republican Vote Against The Keystone Pipeline?

    02/12/2015 9:43:31 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/12/2015 | PG Veer
    Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the sole Republican in the House to vote against the latest version of the bill advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Amash says he supports the construction of the pipeline, but he opposes legislation singling out one company. He has previously voted present on Keystone, but the addition of new, unrelated sections empowering the EPA and the federal government with respect to local energy efficiency pushed him to a no. In a statement published on his Facebook page, the tea party favorite said that the bill includes a lot of cronyism. Since 2013 he has argued...
  • House to hold two more Ebola hearings

    11/11/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 10, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    House Republicans have scheduled two more hearings on the U.S. response to Ebola, focusing on the health system's readiness for more cases and the development of cures and treatments. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations will host the events on Tuesday and Wednesday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden will appear at one to discuss training for U.S. health workers and other preventative measures against the virus's spread. "The threat of the Ebola outbreak is real and extends beyond its source in West Africa," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred...
  • Hope Comes to RHOB 2123--Fred Upton Leads a Cure Strategy for the 21st Century

    05/11/2014 11:22:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | James A. Pinkerton
    The white-marble Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington DC, looks like a giant courts building or a central bank, fully intimidating and imposing in its hulking stony blockiness. And the US Congress, of course, is an institution best known for its tedium, albeit a tedium that is regularly punctuated by fiery partisan combat. On a typical day, the Rayburn building--acronymed as RHOB--is a place where politicos and bureaucrats struggle for and against some special interest, yea or nay, on regulation or appropriation. And the biggest single activity in RHOB, or in any of the other five office edifices on Capitol...
  • House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria

    04/06/2011 10:43:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria By Andrew Restuccia - 04/06/11 12:25 PM ET Just hours before a vote Wednesday on a GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) called climate change a bigger public health threat than AIDS, malaria and pandemic flu. Capps and several other liberal Democrats spoke out Wednesday morning in opposition to the legislation, authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). The lawmakers, who were joined by officials from the American Lung Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Upton...
  • Congressman Fred Upton on immigration reform, health care and what's ahead for 2014

    01/21/2014 9:15:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | 1/20/14 | Yvonne Zipp
    Bipartisanship, the environment, health care, military pensions and a look at what's ahead for 2014 were on readers' minds Monday during a live chat with Congressman Fred Upton. -snip- "Next week, The GOP's are going on an issues retreat and immigration will be a front burner issue. I expect us to agree on a number of principles that will then couple to legislative issues regarding border security, H1B visas, Ag workers, "Dreamers (these are the very young that came years ago with their parents), and perhaps a few more--In other words, smaller issues and not a huge comprehensive 1,500 page...
  • Industry, not environmentalists, killed traditional bulbs

    01/01/2014 1:17:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/01/2014 | Timothy Carney
    Say goodbye to the regular light bulb this New Year. For more than a century, the traditional incandescent bulb was the symbol of American innovation. Starting Jan. 1, the famous bulb is illegal to manufacture in the U.S., and it has become a fitting symbol for the collusion of big business and big government. The 2007 Energy Bill, a stew of regulations and subsidies, set mandatory efficiency standards for most light bulbs. Any bulbs that couldn't produce a given brightness at the specified energy input would be illegal. That meant the 25-cent bulbs most Americans used in nearly every socket...
  • Its Not a Trap: On Republicans and the Fred Upton bill.

    11/14/2013 6:36:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/14/2013 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Writing at RedState, Erick Erickson argues that, in championing the Upton billwhich would make millions of Americans health-insurance plans legal again for the next year Republicans are walking into a trap. He writes that the bill, proposed by Representative Fred Upton (R., Mich.), does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies . . . to keep insurance plans going. Meanwhile, Senator Mary Landrieus bill, which, Erickson writes, the Democrats love . . . mandates [that] insurance companies have to keep people on their present insurance. He then predicts the following result: The House, with the...
  • Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision

    11/13/2013 2:48:11 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/13/13 | ASHLEY PARKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Anxious congressional Democrats are threatening to abandon President Obama on a central element of his signature health care law, voicing increasing support for proposals that would allow Americans to retain the health insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act. The dissent comes as a vote looms Friday in the Republican-controlled House on a bill that would allow Americans to keep their existing health coverage through 2014 without penalties. The measure, drafted by Representative Fred Upton, the Michigan Republican who is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is opposed by the White House, which argues...
  • Reid calls special ObamaCare meeting

    11/13/2013 1:12:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 159 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare. Reid on Wednesday told reporters he would not answer questions about the hundreds of thousands of insurance policy cancellations or other issues until he has further discussions with the White House. The Senate leader said President Obama called him Tuesday evening to discuss healthcare and other issues. Several Democrats have signed onto a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurance companies to let people keep their health...
  • Should Republicans Help Democrats Fix Obamacare?

    11/13/2013 1:24:23 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 67 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-13-2013 | Rick Moran
    The GOP can't remain on the sidelines while the country burns.If the argument over Obamacare could be confined to the political arena, it would be a no-brainer to say that Republicans should sit back and watch the Democrats stew in their own juices as the law implodes. But we are far past the point of simple politics. The rollout of Obamacare has thrown the United States into an unprecedented crisis. Unprecedented because it has been caused by the monumental hubris of the Democratic Party, which actually believed it could legislate reform for one-sixth of the U.S. economy without ghastly unanticipated...
  • House Dems about to 'go crazy'

    11/13/2013 12:50:11 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    November 13, 2013, 02:39 pm House Dems about to 'go crazy' By Mike Lillis and Justin Sink House Democrats on Wednesday expressed increasing frustration at the Obama administrations inability to improve the rollout of ObamaCare. Democrats said theyre worried about "being dragged into this non-stop cycle" of bad news about the ObamaCare rollout, rather than celebrating the successes of the law they helped to pass, a Democratic aide said. "They're voicing those frustrations with the administration," the aide said following a Democratic Caucus meeting where administration officials got an earful from exasperated lawmakers. ADVERTISEMENT With the House vote just two...
  • Abandon ship: Blue-state Dem Jeff Merkley to co-sponsor Landrieus version of Keep Your Plan Act

    11/13/2013 12:21:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2013 | AllahPundit
    It’s not just red-state Democrats who are panicking. Then again, Merkley’s not a typical blue-state Democrat. He won his Senate race in Oregon by fewer than four points in 2008, a year in which Hopenchange fever boosted Dems nationally. Not only won’t he have that working for him next year, he’ll have the albatross of Obama’s biggest “achievement” hanging around his neck. Time for him to do what little he can to shed it by joining Landrieu’s bill.Last night a source told Greg Sargent that House Democrats were being whipped by the leadership to oppose Fred Upton’s bill, replete with...
  • Congressman Fred Upton (Contact: Republican Trying to Save Obama & Senate Democrats)

    11/13/2013 11:41:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Click HERE to Share Your Views With Fred I look forward to hearing your views on legislation or issues impacting our state and nation. Washington, DC Office 2183 Rayburn House Office BldgWashington, D.C. 20515 T: (202) 225-3761 F: (202) 225-4986 St. Joseph/Benton Harbor District Office 800 Centre, Suite 106, 800 Ship Street St. Joseph, MI 49085 T: (269) 982-1986 | F: (269) 982-0237 Kalamazoo District Office 157 South Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 180 Kalamazoo, MI 49007 T: (269) 385-0039 | F: (269) 385-2888
  • Its a Trap! ( GOP to save Obama )

    11/13/2013 10:32:38 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 52 replies ^ | November 13th, 2013 | By: Erick Erickson
    Republicans are walking into a trap and they dont even realize it. They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their insurance plans. Theres a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Uptons legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the topsy-turvy world of Obamacare, to keep insurance plans going. But there is a plan than does. Senator Mary Landrieu has written legislation in the United States Senate that the Democrats love. It mandates...
  • Dems double down in attack on Upton bill ["Digging in behind Obama"]

    11/13/2013 10:06:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Mike Lillis
    Democrats leaving the meeting said the administrative officials gave no details about what tweaks HHS has in mind, or when they might surface. House Democratic leaders are doubling down in their opposition to GOP legislation allowing Americans to keep their healthcare plans, even as the party is taking a political drubbing over the contentious issue. Although several centrist Democrats have already endorsed the Republican measure, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Democratic leaders are digging in behind President Obama, who is adamantly opposed to the GOP bill. "The Upton bill is just another attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act....
  • CNN source: If White House has no solution by Friday, Dems may vote for Keep Your Plan Act

    11/12/2013 7:01:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2013 | AllahPundit
    Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the...
  • Memo for Chairman Upton: Next Week's Hearings On The "It's Really Good" Obamacare Launch

    10/23/2013 4:12:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 22, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    The president's remarkable speech in the Rose Garden yesterday, the high point of which was his claim regarding Obamacare --"It's really good!"-- sets the stage for another MSM fail, because the president made several specific, verifiable claims that ought to be the subject of real, deep and sustained reporting over the next few days. I had a lot of fun with the "It's really good!" exclamation by the president on yesterday show, mixing his remarks into a 1974 Pinto ad, and calling forth memories of New Coke, Rosanne Barr singing the Star Spangled banner, the launch of Microsoft's Zune, the...
  • Congressmen Confront EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Over Use of Alias 'Richard Windsor'

    12/17/2012 6:45:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/16/12 | Daniel Halper
    Two members of Congress sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson over her use of the alias "Richard Windsor." The congressmen, Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns, want Jackson to explain her actions. lisa jackson "In recent weeks, questions have been raised in Congress and among public interest groups about the use of one or more secondary email accounts and aliases by you and potentially other officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)," they wrote in a letter addressed to Jackson. "Given your reported use of at least one alias email account in your conduct of agency business, we write...
  • Its Time to Dump Upton for Jack Hoogendyk in MI-6

    07/10/2012 5:33:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | May 15, 2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Its hard to think of a more liberal Republican that occupies a more consequential position in Congress than Fred Upton. Its not just the fact that the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful House panels, is a big supporter of green energy. Its not just the fact that this same man was the Thomas Edison of the incandescent light bulb ban. Its about Republicans shedding an image of hypocrisy. Upton is charged with oversight over Obamas Solyndra-like loan guarantees, yet he pushed for the same type of loan for United Solar Ovonics, whose parent...
  • Congressman Fred Upton says he's not a career politician; Jack Hoogendyk gets endorsements

    04/14/2012 3:17:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | April 10, 2012 | Fritz Klug
    Upton was on The Rocker Morning Show on WRKR-FM 107.7 today, and amid jesting with the hosts, talked about what's coming up in Washington D.C. for him and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which he chairs. At the end of the interview, co-host Mike McKelly told Upton, I dont consider you a career politician. Upton responded, "I'm not." Upton, 58, served his first year in Congress in 1987 and has been in office for 25 years. Before that, he worked on the staff for U.S. Rep. David Stockman from 1976 to 1980 and was in the Office of...
  • Herman Cain endorses Hoogendyk (MI)

    03/21/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Niles Daily Star ^ | March 16, 2012
    Remember Herman Cain? Well, Jack Hoogendyk certainly does. The Kalamazoo Republican, who is running for Fred Uptons 6th District Congressional post, has been endorsed by the former presidential candidate. Cain sent out a press release Thursday, welcoming Hoogendyk into the Army of Davids. In the release, Cain said Hoogendyk has committed to his so-called 9-9-9 plan, calling for a 9 percent tax rate on personal income, 9 percent on corporate income and 9 percent on national sales tax. The current tax code is confusing and counter-productive. It stifles prosperity, Hoogendyk said in the release. Cain praised Hoogendyks limited government conservatism....
  • WH Ignores House Subpoena For Solyndra Documents

    02/22/2012 1:28:58 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 22 Feburary | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama and his West Wing aides ignored a subpoena of documents pertaining to the Solyndra loan guarantee even after congressional investigators met with White House officials to negotiate the scope of the subpoena, according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "The White House's failure to comply with today's document deadline is a sad milestone on the path chosen by this administration to obstruct and delay our investigation rather than cooperate and help deliver answers for taxpayers," committee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee chairman Cliff Stearns R-Fla., said in a statement this evening. House investigators...
  • WH rejects subpoena request for Solyndra docs

    11/04/2011 7:01:36 PM PDT · by Baynative · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The Examiner Washington ^ | 11/4/11 | Philip Klein
    President Obama's attorney sent a letter to Congressional investigators on Friday, saying the White House would not cooperate with a subpoena requesting documents related to its doling out a $535 million loan guarantee to now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.
  • White House rejects 'partisan' subpoena on Solyndra documents

    11/04/2011 3:53:27 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 117 replies ^ | 4Nov2011/612 pm EDT/2212 GMT | Herman Wang,
    Washington (Platts)--4Nov2011/612 pm EDT/2212 GMT The White House Friday rejected a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee to produce internal communications and other documents related to now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee. In a letter to the Republican leaders of the committee, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler called the subpoena a partisan "vast fishing expedition" without legal justification. "The committee's extremely broad request for documents -- now a subpoena -- is a significant intrusion on Executive Branch interests, particularly given that you have not made any effort to tailor the request to...
  • Obama Admin Reworked Solyndra Loan To Favor Donor [Republican Leadership Mum?]

    09/16/2011 8:04:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    AJC ^ | September 16, 2011 | MATTHEW DALY
    Obama Admin Reworked Solyndra Loan To Favor Donor By MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show. Newly released emails show that the Obama administration was worried about the financial health of a troubled solar energy company even as officials publicly declared the company in good shape. An email from a White House budget official to...
  • Investigators Probe White House Role in Massive Energy Loan

    09/03/2011 6:42:48 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 44 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 2, 2011 | By MATTHEW MOSK and RONNIE GREENE
    House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra. The allegation surfaced in a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday night, saying he planned to accelerate efforts to understand an investment deal that may have left taxpayers out half a billion dollars. "We have learned from our investigation that White House officials monitored Solyndra's application and communicated with [Department of Energy] and Office of Management and Budget officials...
  • Investigators Probe White House Role in Massive Energy Loan

    09/02/2011 7:28:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2 Sep 2011 | MATTHEW MOSK and RONNIE GREENE
    House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra. The allegation surfaced in a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday night, saying he planned to accelerate efforts to understand an investment deal that may have left taxpayers out half a billion dollars. "We have learned from our investigation that White House officials monitored Solyndra's application and communicated with [Department of Energy] and Office of Management and Budget officials...
  • Speaker Boehner Announces Appointments to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

    08/10/2011 8:50:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 214 replies
    Speaker Boehner Announces Appointments to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Washington (Aug 10) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced his intent to appoint the following three lawmakers to represent House Republicans on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) Speaker Boehner has tapped Chairman Hensarling to serve as a co-chair of the joint select committee. Boehner issued the following statement regarding the appointments of Chairmen Hensarling, Camp, and Upton: Our debt and deficits...
  • Is Obsolete Tech an Inalienable Right? (supporting tyranny)

    07/19/2011 6:18:23 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 12th | Sam Biddle
    Sam Biddle Today's superfluous political grappling comes via Texas, where Republican rep Joe Barton's incensed by legislation mandating efficient incandescent lightbulbs. Rather, he and his backers claim, Americans should be able to screw-in whatever they damn please. Is old tech really a liberty? ... But to Barton it's not about efficiency. It's not about technology at all. It's about Ye Olde Blood Stained Tree of Liberty: the bulb law (and the push to repeal it) "Is about more than just energy consumption. It is about personal freedom." Well, not so fast, Joe. Beyond anything but the most stringent enshrinement...
  • Lights Out Democrats Block Repeal of Lightbulb Ban Vote Gives Jobs to China

    07/13/2011 12:04:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    gateway ^ | July 12, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    House democrats blocked the repeal of the light bulb ban. A majority of Americans oppose the governments unpopular and unnecessary ban on incandescent bulbs and infringement on choice. On January 1 2012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will become illegal, with lower wattages to follow. The democrats just voted to give jobs to China.
  • VIDEO: Rep. Fred Upton Blames EPA for Obstructing Alaska Oil Drilling

    06/23/2011 5:45:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation) ^ | June 22, 2011 | Rob Bluey and Abigail White
    Shell spent five years and more than $3.5 billion while waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a permit for drilling in Alaska. Now lawmakers in Congress hope to force the hand of EPA bureaucrats by mandating a six-month deadline to review permit applications. The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act is set for a House vote Thursday and is expected to easily pass with bipartisan support. The White House declined to issue a veto threat Tuesday. There is a companion bill in the Senate, but its fate is uncertain. (UPDATE: The House approved the measure Wednesday night by a...
  • Upton: House Will Vote to Bring Back the Bulb

    06/23/2011 1:16:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | June 22, 2011 | Henry Payne
    The bulb is back. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R.,Mich.) has finally agreed to support a bill this summer that means lights out on the looming 2012 ban on the incandescent light bulb. Upton himself co-sponsored 2007 legislation making light bulbs illegal, a ban that has become a symbol of bipartisan Big Government run amok. Upton has come under increased pressure in recent weeks, sources say, after failing to follow up on a promise he made after assuming the committee chairmanship that he would hold hearings on reversing the ban. After months of paralysis — and with...
  • Fred Uptons Broken Light Bulb Promise Another Example of the Failure of Republican Leadership

    06/13/2011 3:09:27 PM PDT · by radioone · 22 replies
    Broadside Books ^ | 6-13-11 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Late last year, Republican Congressman Fred Upton, who co-sponsored the infamous ban on the current generation of inexpensive incandescent light bulbs included in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, was desperate to secure conservative support for his bid to become Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the same committee in which he had introduced the despised ban three years earlier. He therefore promised that one of his first acts would be to advance legislation that would repeal the very light bulb ban he had once championed. Uptons ploy succeeded, and in January of this year, Speaker of the...
  • Vatican invoked on climate change

    05/24/2011 7:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2011 | Ben Geman
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is using the weight of a Vatican report about the urgency of tackling global warming to urge Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans to hold another hearing on climate science. Waxman, the panels top Democrat, sent a letter Monday to the committee's GOP chairman asking for a hearing with authors of a Vatican report issued in May and a separate National Research Council (NRC) report from this month that also called for action to cut emissions. The letter could put committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in a politically sensitive spot if he does not agree that the...
  • Rogers, Upton tapped to chair House committees (GOP says NO to Tea Party)

    12/07/2010 4:47:51 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 107 replies · 1+ views
    The House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Tuesday as the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, while Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) will be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The two were among the slate of new committee chairs elected by the 34-member committee, according to House GOP aides. The full House Republican Conference is slated to vote Wednesday on whether to ratify the panel's recommendations, a step that is largely a formality. Rogers bested Reps. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) to win the appropriations spot. Kingston had been...
  • Rep. Joe Barton loses bid to lead House Energy and Commerce Committee

    12/07/2010 3:58:37 PM PST · by Rastus · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/07/10 | Dave Michaels
    WASHINGTON Rep. Joe Barton failed Tuesday in his bid to lead one of the Houses most powerful committees despite an aggressive campaign that involved mobilizing the support of tea party groups. *snip* Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., won a vote of the GOP Steering Committee, a panel composed of party leaders. The appointment must be ratified by the full Republican conference on Wednesday. Barton, R-Arlington, could challenge the decision by seeking a vote of the entire conference. It remained unclear Tuesday night whether he would do that. *snip*
  • Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs--Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

    12/06/2010 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices. "We have...
  • Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills

    11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line.  If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear...
  • "Green Energy" Subsidy Factory not just Cap & Trade the Real Test for GOP Energy Chair

    11/23/2010 10:40:21 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/23/2010 | Jack McHugh
    In her weekly Wall Street Journal column, Kim Strassel offers some benchmarks for who congressional Republicans should choose to be the next House Energy and Commerce Committee chair. Michigan Congressman Fred Upton is one of the candidates, and as described in the other day's Michigan Capitol Confidential this has some on the right fuming. Strassel characterizes support for more oil drilling, coal mining and root-and-branch nuclear reform, plus opposition to cap-and-trade and EPA-imposed carbon restrictions, as baseline requirements for the new chair, not value-added. That is, none of the contenders should get any extra-credit for being on the...
  • Battered GOP Syndrome

    11/19/2010 12:09:02 PM PST · by NetRight Nation · 3 replies · 1+ views
    NetRight Daily ^ | November 18, 2010 | William Warren
  • Climate Skeptic Seeks Energy Committee Chairmanship

    11/17/2010 3:52:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies ^ | Nov. 16, 2010 | JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF
    In January, the Republican Party will take control of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, giving the new majority considerable influence over federal energy policy and climate change regulation and legislation. By virtue of seniority, Fred Upton of Michigan is considered the likeliest candidate to head the committee. But dark horse candidates are also vying for the chairmans gavel, among them John Shimkus of Illinois, vice chairman of the Republican Partys Congressional campaign committee.
  • Time to make an example of a CFR RINO!!!!!! Here's how.

    03/27/2002 8:25:09 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 67 replies · 600+ views
    3-27-02 | Dan from MI
    Today sucks. CFR has been signed by Bush, and the RINOS and RATS got a big win. Now, I am PO'ed, and hoping for the courts to do the right thing, which is NEVER a 100% sure thing. I say it's time for some paybacks. I'm not a rich man. I do not have a lot of money, but one of the biggest RINO's, is a guy named Fred Upton, a congresscritter from Southwest Michigan. He is from a GOP leaning seat that went for Bush and has some strong conservative areas. Upton is pro-abort, voted for CFR, and is...
  • A conservative challenger in Michigan to a GOP congressman

    04/16/2010 2:57:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 418+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 16, 2010 | Matthew May
    Of the various tea party rallies today, there is at least one that portends good things for conservative constitutionalism. That happening is in Kalamazoo, where a man named Jack Hoogendyk is announcing his candidacy to challenge Rep. Fred Upton (R) in this year's Republican primary for a seat in the U.S. House. Upton has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1987. A quick glance at his record of late makes him the walking embodiment of everything that is wrong with long-serving politicians regardless of party affiliation. Upton voted for the Obama omnibus spending bill. He has supported...
  • Primary Target

    07/28/2010 4:01:41 PM PDT · by tulloss · 3 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 27, 2010 | Matthew May
    Michigan's 6th district is a microcosm of the general arrogance and complacency of the Republican establishment against the constitutional conservatism of the Tea Party movement. If Republicans and conservatives lazily continue to return so-called moderates like Upton to Washington, the slide toward European socialism is perhaps slowed but never halted.
  • Fred Upton's Record On Abortion

    07/25/2010 11:28:04 PM PDT · by Reeser · 3 replies
    Southwest MI TEA Party Patriots ^ | July 20, 2010 | David John Rozelle
    Fred Upton's Record on Abortion
  • Examiner Editorial: Upton is wrong choice for Energy and Commerce

    11/09/2010 9:39:17 AM PST · by FTJM · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/8/10 | Examiner Editorial
    If nothing else, Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton has a lot of nerve to campaign to succeed California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton is wholly unsuitable for the job, as a stroll down Memory Lane quickly reminds us: Upton was one of only 34 House Republicans to support the Democrats' Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 that removed millions of acres of federal lands from oil and gas leasing, thus helping drive up energy costs for consumers. Upton was one of 29 House Republicans to support creation of...
  • Fred Upton, Thomas Edison and Whirlpool

    11/13/2010 11:13:23 AM PST · by jenk · 23 replies
    Congressman Fred Upton is the grandson of the co-founder of Whirlpool. I find that interesting. Thomas Edison has been credited with bringing light to a world of darkness, but he also has been credited with coming up with the FIRST MODEL OF A COMPLETE CENTRAL POWER STATION.Power generation to the masses gave rise to many more inventions, like the electric clothes washer. So, basically if not for Edison, Whirlpool may never have been founded, because at the time, Edison was competing with other scientists in both America and Europe. If Edison had not exhibited electric generation to the masses in...