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Fred Upton

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans sent a message Monday that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: They have ideas to keep the country's health care system from crumbling if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. They were released in the run-up to Wednesday's oral arguments before the Supreme...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. The to-do list includes forestalling a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians, preventing a cutoff of highway and transit dollars in the middle of peak construction season this summer and renewing critical parts of the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that is being looked at for possible ties to China, according to a source familiar with the probe. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen asked Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish to provide by March 4 detailed information about the...

  • Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them. Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC's upcoming new rules. "In terms of legislation, we don't believe...

  • Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said they have come up with a working proposal and, working with lawmakers from both parties, planned to begin the process of publicly discussing and formally drafting legislation this week. The FCC has been weighing for...

  • The FCC has been weighing for nearly a year what legal standards and rules would be best to govern how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks to make sure they treat all Internet content fairly. Recent indications showed that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was leaning toward regulating ISPs more strictly under a section of the...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp on Wednesday acknowledged that it still does not understand what is causing air bag explosions that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were misguided. "Congressman, we don't identify the root cause yet," Hiroshi...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Japanese supplier Takata Corp for resisting a call by regulators to expand nationwide its regional recall of driver-side air bags that can potentially rupture upon deployment, shooting metal shards into vehicles. The hearing by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee comes after Takata...

  • U.S. House to hold hearing on oil export ban Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 25- A House of Representatives panel will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to explore whether a decades-old law that prohibits the export of crude oil makes sense in an era of domestic energy abundance. The debate over whether Washington should lift its nearly 40- year crude oil export ban will come sharply into focus in January, when Republicans take over...

  • After a series of perceived failures at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, David Friedman, who has served this year as acting head of the agency, is not expected to be tapped by the Obama administration for the job, the source said. The agency has been sharply criticized for responding slowly to repeated red flags of a deadly ignition...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Oct 24- The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday. The committee has not requested any documents on Takata at this...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Oct 24- The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday. NHTSA opened an investigation in June into the regional recalls...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Federal auto safety regulators played a significant role in General Motors Co's failure to promptly report and recall cars with defective parts that led to at least 19 deaths, a congressional report said on Tuesday.

  • GOP: Health signups lagging Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 8:20 PM ET

    A report released Wednesday said one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium.

  • Obamacare's new test starts on New Year's Day Sunday, 29 Dec 2013 | 4:02 PM ET
    A couple speaks with an insurance agent as they try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Miami, Florida.

    New Year's Day will bring a fresh test for President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, as hundreds of thousands of Americans will begin to use the program's new medical coverage for the first time.

  • Support the repeal of Obamacare: Rep. Upton  Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 7:04 PM ET

    Rep. Fred Upton, (R-MI), discusses the passing by the House of the Obamacare 'fix' bill he authored. Upton says it's unclear what the Senate is going to do. We passed a legislation that addresses the problem, he adds.

  • BOSTON, Nov 6- The chief pharmacist at the company linked to the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak has received a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee after he declined to appear voluntarily.

  • The U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it knew about the New England Compounding Center before the recall of more than 17,000 vials of injectable steroid treatments for back and joint pain from health facilities in 23 states.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis.