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Dirty Denier$ Day 19: Congressman Fred Upton

Today's Dirty Denier$ is Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan and Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton has used his leadership position to try to move the nation backward, and his record on clean air and climate change keeps getting worse. Upton has been all over the map on the facts about climate change. Show More Summary

Unbundling Cable: Would You Pay to Watch NBC?

Senate Commerce Committee chairman Democrat Jay Rockefeller and the committee's top Republican, Sen. John Thune, took a baby step towards unbundling cable television. The idea is to give customers victimized by soaring cable bills a break by allowing them to pick and choose which broadcast networks they are willing to pay for. Show More Summary

Senate Says Wireless Users Bilked By Bogus Charges

Cellphone users in the U.S. have been fraudulently charged hundreds of millions of dollars, says a report released today by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on cramming and believes smallShow More Summary

American Innovation for NCDs

Just back from July 4th, and amid the unbearable heat in DC, some fresh news came from the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings. Their 21st Century Cures Initiative is showing real, visionary leadership in solving some of the...Show More Summary

Cruise Ship Passengers Tell Senators Their Horror Stories During Committee Hearing On Industry Safety

From the widely reported horrific conditions of the Carnival Triumph’s Poop Cruise, to the nightmarish experience of sexual assault while onboard, cruise ship passengers recounted their horror stories during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing aimed at boosting protections for travelers in the industry. Sen. Show More Summary

Senators debate RD-180 replacement, EELV competition

A hearing several days ago held jointly by subcommittees of the Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee on space access issues covered two of the key issues facing that topic in recent months: developing a domestic replacement for the RD-180 and competition for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions. However, members showed little [...]

Barra Defends GM Top Lawyer In Second US Senate Hearing

Under fire from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee for not having fired General Motors’ top counsel Michael Millikin, CEO Mary Barra defended her decision to keep him on the company payroll during Thursday’s hearing over the February 2014 ignition recall crisis. Automotive News reports Barra believed Millikin, who has served as GM’s general counsel since […]

Fox-Time Warner News Colors Senate Committee Look At Online Video

“We’re in an arms race,” Public Knowledge CEO Gene Kimmelman told the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing to explore the prospects for broadband video. It’s “no surprise, content companies bulk up” as Fox wants to do with its $80B bid for Time Warner, which was rejected by the company but disclosed today. Show More Summary

Senator Challenges Comcast, AT&T Execs On Opposition To Municipal Broadband

The Senate Commerce Committee held hearing today on broadband competition, media consolidation, and the future of online video transmission. Among the witnesses were Comcast exec David L. Cohen and AT&T bigwig John T. Stankey. During...Show More Summary

GM Admits Some Employees “Didn’t Do Their Jobs” Handling Ignition-Switch Defect

GM executives will be back in the hot seat on Capitol Hill tomorrow. This time, they’ll be getting a grilling from the Senate Commerce Committee about the ignition switch defect that killed at least 13 people and the decade it took to publicly identify the problem and issue a recall. According to Bloomberg News, GM is still happy to … [More]

U.S. Ban on Oil Exports Won’t Be Lifted This Year, Lawmaker Says

2 months agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

By Lynn Doan July 16 (Bloomberg) — A four-decade-old ban on crude exports from the U.S. will survive another year, the chairman of the U.S. House’s Energy and Commerce Committee [...] The post U.S. Ban on Oil Exports Won’t Be Lifted This Year, Lawmaker Says appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

NCAA President Mark Emmert gets grilled by Senators

2 months agoSports : The Early Lead

NCAA President Mark Emmert testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, and he found himself fending off some tough questions. Along the way, Emmert advocated giving student-athletes “scholarships for life,” meaning that even if they get injured or become professionals, they should have the opportunity to complete their educations. Emmert was forced to answer for the […]

Senate committees planning joint hearing on launch issues

A rare joint hearing of subcommittees of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Commerce Committee will examine American reliance on a Russian-manufactured rocket engine and other space access issues next week. The hearing, by Armed Services’ strategic forces subcommittee and Commerce’s space subcommittee, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, at 9:30 am. The Commerce [...]

Senator Rockefeller Proposes Legislation To Strengthen NHTSA

Outgoing chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia (pictured at right) has proposed legislation that would authorize increased funding and authority to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to deal with safety defects in vehicles. Automotive News reports the bill, inspired by the February 2014 General Motors recall of […]

GOP Weekly Address: Obama EPA Rules Will Force States to Ration Energy

In the Republican's weekly address, House and Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) detailed the GOP's energy strategy starting with legislation to boost natural gas exports and build pipeline infrastructure. Upton...Show More Summary

Anti-Vaccine and Pro-E-Cig: Jenny McCarthy Is the Queen of Good Choices

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Jenny McCarthy was a hot topic in front of the U.S. senate on Wednesday, concerning her role in an e-cigarette campaign that critics argue rolls back anti-tobacco efforts by decades. The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation...Show More Summary

Live: GM CEO Mary Barra Returns to DC for Another Grilling

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will address the House of Representatives' Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday over an ignition switch glitch that has been linked to 13 deaths and 5.8 million recalls. Committee members are expected...Show More Summary

Dr. Oz testifies at a Senate hearing. He doesn’t fare so well.

Dr. Oz testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and gets grilled by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor.  As the senator puts it, Dr. Oz has a huge megaphone, which he could use to promote evidence-based health practices. Show More Summary

Commercial space advocates rally against Senate report language

Next week, the Senate is expected to take up the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved earlier this month. The CJS bill may be combined with two other appropriations bills in a “minibus” on the Senate floor. What has attracted the most attention about the bill is not [...]

Congress Looking at FCC Ownership Rules

A subcommittee of the House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce meets today in a session called "Media Ownership in the 21st Century." On its website, the committee said it's meeting to "discuss the FCC’s inaction on...Show More Summary

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