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GOP Address: American Energy Could Be Great Success Story

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan says in this week's Republican address that "energy could be a great American success story," but the energy policies of the Obama administration "are moving us backwards, and making gas prices even worse."

Upton quotes Vice President Biden as saying that "our energy policy is the best it's ever been," before pointing out that the "facts say otherwise." Under President Obama, Upton says the U.S. oil production on federal lands is declining, but that federal agencies continue to regulate the energy sector more and more, pushing gas prices for Americans higher. Republicans have long criticized the president's rejection of the Keystone pipeline, and Upton, who is the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, is no exception.

Rising energy prices, Upton says, have real consequences -- namely the prospect of fewer jobs for Americans.  But Upton says that within days the House energy committee will consider two bills that are part of the American Energy Initiative to address rising prices.

"The first of our committee's measures pushes the pause button on costly new regs affecting refineries until we study them all to determine how much they're driving up the price at the pump," Upton explains in the address.

"The second bill we'll soon consider says that off the president releases oil from our emergency reserves, he must open up more federal land for energy development," he later adds.

Upton explains that while red tape and more regulation is at least part of the problem, "we have to address supply."  The president has already tapped into the country's emergency oil reserves once, and is thinking of doing it again, Upton says.  But depleting the U.S. emergency oil supply is not a permanent solution to soaring gas prices, he says.

"Today we're knocking at the door of a brighter energy future; one that promises abundant, secure, and cheaper North American supplies, as long as Washington doesn't create artificial obstacles.  That is what Republicans are working toward, and we invite the president to join us," Upton says, wrapping up the address. "If he won't lead, we will."

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GOP Reps Object to White House's Withholding of Solyndra Documents

Paul Chinn-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Two Republican Congressional leaders -- House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Fla. -- criticized the White House on Monday for turning down an Oct. 5 request for “(a)ll communications among White House staff and officials relating to the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra by the Department of Energy between Jan. 20, 2009, and the present.”

“What is the White House trying to hide?” Upton and Stearns asked in a joint statement.  “Since day one of the Solyndra investigation, the Obama administration has fought us tooth and nail, even forcing us to subpoena documents from [Office of  Management and Budget].  Along the way, they have repeatedly claimed there’s nothing to see and no wrongdoing to uncover, but the facts have proven we are on the right trail.  For an administration that campaigned and governs under the banner of transparency, such an overt refusal to share emails directly relevant to an ongoing investigation is deeply troubling.”

On Friday, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler denied the committee’s request, writing in a letter, “Your most recent request for internal White House communications from the first day of the current Administration to the present implicates longstanding and significant institutional Executive Branch confidentiality interests.  Encroaching upon these important interests is not necessary, however, because the agency documents the Committee has requested, which include communications with the White House, should satisfy the Committee’s stated objective -- to ‘understand the involvement of the White House in the review of the Solyndra loan guarantee and the Administration’s support of this guarantee.'”

Ruemmler also noted that that Department of Energy, Office of Management and Budget, and the Treasury Department “have to date produced over 70,000 pages of documents, participated in nine briefings for committee staff and provided testimony at several Committee hearings relating to this matter.”  The White House has handed over 900 pages of related documents.

Stearns said earlier in the month that anything relevant -- including messages on President Obama’s BlackBerry -- should be turned over to his committee.

“So if there’s nothing on his BlackBerry, that’s fine,” Stearns said.  “But if there’s something on his BlackBerry, I would assume that would include that.”

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As House GOP Launches Health Care Repeal Push, CBO Warns of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Red Ink

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans Thursday launched their push to repeal the health care reform law in the face of stout opposition from Democrats and a warning of hundreds of billions of dollars in red ink.

“We will not let go unanswered the call of the American people who rejected this massive expansion,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., at a hearing of the House Rules Committee. 

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., denounced the reform law as “job-killing, flawed legislation.” 

That stance, of course, was adamantly refuted by Democrats on the panel.

“I do believe we’re embarking down a path to our detriment,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fl.

Democrats received a boost for their argument when the Congressional Budget Office said the GOP’s repeal plan would increase the deficit by $145 billion through the end of the decade and by $230 billion by 2021.

“I think we need to move forward not backward,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. “This not only has overwhelming public support but it actually saves the government money.”

The House is expected to vote on the repeal next Wednesday. Rep. David Dreier, chairman of the rules panel, Thursday directed various other House committees to start working on replacement legislation the present law that would lower health care premiums, boost jobs growth, and reduce duplicative government programs and wasteful spending.

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