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Press Release Published: Mar 27, 2024

Comer Invites Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to Testify at Scheduled Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) invited U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm to testify at a scheduled oversight hearing on May 15, 2024. In a letter to DOE Secretary Granholm, Chairman Comer highlighted how DOE has failed to provide information to the Oversight Committee on the Department’s misuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, pause on liquified natural gas exports, taxpayer-funded summer 2023 electric vehicle road trip, and increased spending levels and emphasized a hearing will enable Oversight Committee members to fulfill their responsibilities to conduct general oversight over DOE activities.

“In the 118th Congress, the Oversight Committee has worked expeditiously to expose the Biden Administration’s radical environmental policies and unchecked regulations that have jeopardized economic opportunities, raised energy costs on Americans, and hurt small businesses. Over the past few months, the Committee has engaged in good faith with the Energy Department to solidify a future date for DOE Secretary Granholm to testify at a public hearing, yet the Department continues to indicate the Secretary is unavailable for any proposed hearing dates,” said Chairman Comer. “Americans deserve to hear directly from Secretary Granholm and any attempt to subvert meaningful congressional oversight is unacceptable. DOE must avoid any further delay in scheduling, and I look forward to Secretary Granholm’s testimony on May 15.”

Committee staff initially contacted the Department of Energy on January 23, 2024, and DOE has declined to provide availability for proposed dates of April 30, May 1, May 15 or 16, and June 12 or 13.

Read the letter to Secretary Granholm here.