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Look Ahead: Committee Announces Hearings and Markup for Week of February 27

February 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced its schedule for the week of February 27. The committee will hold two hearings on President Obama’s FY 2013 budget, specifically reviewing the requests for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, the committee will continue its focus on addressing the critical issues of cybersecurity and prescription drug abuse. Finally, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a markup on H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act, to repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

On Tuesday, February 28, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a joint hearing on “FY 2013 EPA Budget.” Members will review the president’s fiscal year 2013 EPA Budget Request and question EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson about the agency’s agenda for this year. The hearing is an opportunity to analyze the budget proposal and identify areas to reduce unnecessary spending. A background memo and witness list can be found here.

Also on Tuesday, February 28, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Assessments of Smart Grid Security.” A secure electric grid is critical to our national and economic security. The hearing will examine cybersecurity threats to our nation's electric infrastructure and identify weaknesses that make our grid vulnerable to attacks. This is part of a series of hearings focused on cybersecurity threats related to infrastructure and industries within the jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee. A background memo and witness list can be found here.

On Wednesday, February 29, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a markup on H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011. This bipartisan legislation repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). IPAB, created under the health care law, would consist of 15 unelected, unaccountable members who can severely limit the health care services available to Medicare beneficiaries while operating outside the usual system of checks and balances. Doctors and patients should have the final say in the decisions pertaining to their health care, not the 15 unelected bureaucrats on IPAB. Text of the legislation as well as a background memo can be found here.

On Thursday, March 1, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on “Prescription Drug Diversion: Combating the Scourge.” The hearing will focus on efforts to fight prescription drug diversion, a growing epidemic that is plaguing communities and ruining the lives of millions of illicit users when powerful prescription drugs are misused and abused. The subcommittee will get an update on measures being taken by the federal government, the states, and the private sector to prevent leaks from the supply chain that allow these drugs to be diverted to illegal markets. A background memo and complete witness list will be posted here when they become available.

Also on Thursday, March 1, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on “The FY 2013 HHS Budget.” Members will review the president’s fiscal year 2013 HHS Budget Request and question HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the department’s agenda for this year, including implementation of the new health care law and recent rules that threaten longstanding protections of religious freedom. The hearing is an opportunity to analyze the budget proposal and identify areas to reduce unnecessary spending. A background memo and complete witness list will be posted here when they become available.

Hearing and Vote Details

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
10:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy & Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Hearing on “FY 2013 EPA Budget”

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
10:15 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Hearing on “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Assessments of Smart Grid Security”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
10:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Health
Markup on H.R. 452, the “Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011”

Thursday, March 1, 2012
10:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on “The FY 2013 HHS Budget”

Thursday, March 1, 2012
10:15 a.m.
2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
Hearing on “Prescription Drug Diversion: Combating the Scourge”

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U.S. Representative Fred Upton

U.S. Representative Joe L. Barton

Congressman Fred Upton has represented the commonsense values of southwest Michigan since 1987. In 2010, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read More»;