Jul 14, 2012

America’s Energy Future Part II: A Blueprint for Domestic Energy Production

9:00am at North Dakota State University, 12th Avenue North & Bolley Drive, Fargo, North Dakota  We are here to examine how oil production in the Bakken Shale Formation has impacted job creation in North Dakota and its implications for the rest of the country. The Bakken is the new frontier for American domestic energy production.    North Dakota is not just producing over a half a million barrels of oil a day from the Bakken; it’s also producing jobs and creating ...

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Jul 13, 2012

America’s Energy Future Part I: A Review of Unnecessary and Burdensome Regulations

9:00am at University of Central Oklahoma, 100 North University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034 In the midst of the economic morass, the oil and gas industry has gained distinction for the many new jobs it has created and the affordable energy it has provided the rest of the nation. I am convinced that increased domestic energy production is one of the keys to economic recovery.  In fact, energy is the lifeblood of a strong economy.   Advances in hydraulic fracturing, coupled ...

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Jul 10, 2012

Examining the Impact of Obamacare on Job Creators and the Economy

1:30pm in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building Today’s hearing focuses on how the President’s health care law affects job creators and the economy.  It builds on previous hearings conducted during this congress by Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy. We know that Obamacare makes labor more expensive – it requires employers with at least 50 full-time workers to offer expensive government designed health insurance or pay a $2,000 or $3,000 tax per ...

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Jun 18, 2012

Field Hearing “Tennessee Job Creation: Do Federal Government Regulations Help or Hinder Tennessee’s Economic Development?”

9:00am CST at S102 Business and Aerospace Building, Middle Tennessee State University, 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 We have come to the Volunteer State to hear about the successes and struggles of job creation in Tennessee directly from elected officials and local job creators.  Currently Tennessee’s unemployment rate sits lower than the national average at 7.8 percent, yet the economy continues to suffer, and job creators continue to live in fear of federal ...

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Jun 6, 2012

Addressing Concerns about the Integrity of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jobs Reporting

9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building  When President Obama took office, he promised the American people he’d have “the most transparent administration in history.” From that point on – this was the standard to which Obama Administration would be held.   Almost four years later, more and more it seems that by their own actions, this Administration is on the wrong side of transparency.   The U.S. Department of Labor has jeopardized ...

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Jun 4, 2012

Field Hearing – “EPA Overreach and the Impact on New Hampshire Communities”

  9:00amET on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Exeter Town Office Building, 10 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire As we begin this discussion, everyone here today cares about the health of the Great Bay Estuary and wants to work to improve it.  Unfortunately, the methods employed by the EPA have created an economically unviable path for New Hampshire’s communities. Rather than take a reasoned approach to improve the estuary, the EPA has embarked on a costly nitrogen reduction ...

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May 31, 2012

Rhetoric vs. Reality: Does President Obama Really Support an “All-of-the-Above” Energy Strategy?

9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama said, “This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy.”  The question for this committee: Is that goal being achieved, and if not, why not?  Today’s hearing will assess whether or not President Obama’s rhetoric is supported by the actions of his Administration. There are signs that this all-of-the-above ...

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May 10, 2012

Where Are All the Watchdogs? Addressing Inspector General Vacancies

9:30am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building In 1978, the position of Inspectors General was established to promote efficiency and ensure that a threshold of accountability was integrated government-wide. The IGs are the American people’s front line of oversight of the Executive Branch. In FY2009 alone, their audits and investigations identified $43.3 billion in potential savings.  Having a robust group of permanent inspectors general at the federal agencies is the best ...

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May 9, 2012

TSA Oversight Part IV: Is TSA Effectively Procuring, Deploying, and Storing Aviation Security Equipment and Technology?

Issa: "Three years ago, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General reported that TSA had not effectively deployed, redeployed or disposed of crucial transportation security equipment. A joint investigation by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with recent efforts by the Government Accountability Office, reveal that little has changed in the past three years and that systemic flaws continue to plague the TSA. ...

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Apr 16, 2012

Addressing GSA’s Culture of Wasteful Spending

1:30pm on Monday, April 16, 2012 in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building The details that have come to light about a General Services Administration Conference held in Las Vegas have raised serious questions in the minds of the American people about how government is using their tax dollars. What has come to light surrounding GSA’s activities should give pause to anyone who has opposed cutting government size and spending.   Wasteful spending is a problem that transcends ...

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