The House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced its hearing schedule for the week of June 25. The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hear from experts about how technological innovations are changing the way Americans consume video content. The Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on legislation to remove red tape and provide certainty to American job-creators. Finally, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power continues its series on "The American Energy Initiative" with hearing topics that include an examination of costly EPA regulations that could threaten jobs and affordable energy.
On Wednesday, June 27, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on "The Future of Video." Previewing the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) said, "Since the passage of the 1992 Cable Act there has been a sea change in the way that consumers gain access to video content. The subcommittee will examine how advances in consumer electronics, broadcasting, cable, satellite, the Internet and other platforms are changing how consumers access video content, how those changes are impacted by existing regulations, and what type of regimes should apply going forward." A witness list is available online here, and a background memo will be posted at the same link as it becomes available.
Also on Wednesday, June 27, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a legislative hearing on "The Superfund Common Sense Act," which would provide certainty to American farmers and ranchers by eliminating red tape reporting requirements under CERCLA. The subcommittee will also examine a discussion draft of "The Increasing Manufacturing Competitiveness Through Improved Recycling Act," which will provide useful information on recycling by instructing the EPA to conduct a survey on material that is collected for recycling but does not make it back to the manufacturing process. A witness list and background memo will be posted here when they become available.
On Thursday, June 28, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold the next installment of its hearing on the "American Energy Initiative." The focus will be the EPA's new proposal to tighten National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate matter. Members of the subcommittee are concerned changes to the standard may result in significant adverse economic consequences and job losses, and that all the potential alternatives have not been thoroughly reviewed, including retention of the current standard. A witness list and background memo will be posted here when they become available.
On Friday, June 29, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will continue its American Energy Initiative hearing, this time with a focus on EPA's greenhouse gas regulations. Building on this week's hearing that featured testimony from affected stakeholders, the subcommittee will convene next Friday to receive testimony from Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, regarding the agency's current, pending, and potential greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. Assistant Administrator McCarthy will be the sole witness for the hearing. A background memo will be posted here when it becomes available.