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    The Chorus for LNG Exports Gets Bigger and Louder

    As Congress returns to work and focuses on a Ukraine aid package, exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) is getting all sorts of attention these days, and deservedly so. Liberalizing America’s energy markets by lifting restrictions on export capabilities should be a key component of Congress’s response. Over the weekend, The … More

    Cloakroom: October 28 – November 1

    House  Analysis: This week the House may consider two bills that would amend Dodd-Frank, the Retail Investor Protection Act and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act.  On October 30, conferees from the House and Senate will meet to begin conferencing the House and Senate farm bills. Major Floor Action: H.R. 2374 – Retail Investor Protection … More

    EPA’s New CO2 Regulations: Time for Congress to Step Up

    “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.” That gem came from outside White House adviser Daniel Schrag when President Obama made his climate change speech in June. This morning, the Environmental … More

    The Case for Medicare Reform

    The panel meets in secret, is controlled by special interests, and helps determine the allocation of nearly $100 billion in federal health care spending. Is it some clandestine panel created by Obamacare? Hardly. It’s a panel controlled by the American Medical Association (AMA)—and, as The Washington Post reported in a … More

    Natural Gas Exports: Remove Government Barriers

    A June 18 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will focus on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Currently, the U.S. can freely export LNG to another country only if it has a free trade agreement with that country. Requests to export to the rest of the world … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Hearing Tuesday

    President Obama has been holding up the Keystone XL Pipeline. Could Congress go ahead and clear it for construction–and prevent environmental activists from tying the project in litigation if it gets the green light? That’s the question at tomorrow’s Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee … More

    Hearing Exposes Obamacare's Implementation Challenges for States

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion, both of which are slated to begin in 2014. Exchanges Two officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expressed confidence that exchange implementation was on schedule, stating, “All … More

    House Committee to Consider Bill to Advance Keystone Pipeline

    In the wake of President Obama’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing to review legislation that would restart the project, and give oversight responsibility to an agency the bill’s proponents say is less politically motivated than … More

    If You Like Your Health Care Plan, Can You Keep It?

    At a recent Energy and Commerce hearing, health policy experts testified on the effects Obamacare will have on jobs and employer-sponsored coverage. The title of the hearing said a lot: “Cutting the Red Tape: Saving Jobs from PPACA’s [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] Harmful Regulations.” Since Obamacare will require … More

    Congressmen Ask White House for Documents on Solyndra's Federal Loan

    One day after solar company Solyndra closed its doors, two U.S. congressman are asking the White House for all documents related to the federal government’s $535 million loan guarantee. The probe also seeks correspondence between administration officials and the company’s investors, seeking to uncover if the White House engaged in … More