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Special Report

House Energy and Commerce Committee

David McCarthy, Majority Chief Counsel, Environment and Economy Subcommittee

David McCarthy is chief counsel for the majority on the Energy and Commerce Environment and Economy Subcommittee.

Energy and Commerce's Jurisdiction: Anything that Moves, Burns, or is Sold

That is how National Journal once described the jurisdiction of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. House rul...

Clay Alspach, Chief Majority Health Counsel

When two veteran committee health staffers departed this year, Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., picked one of his own t...

Karen Lightfoot, Minority Communications Director

After 25 years on Capitol Hill, Karen Lightfoot has a wealth of experience communicating complicated policy issues. ...

Gary Andres, Majority Staff Director

In leading a staff of almost 70, Gary Andres says he gets the best of all the previous jobs he’s held throughout h...

Alexa Marrero, Majority Deputy Staff Director

Alexa Marrero blends her former gig as the committee’s communications director with that of her more strategic rol...

Mike Bloomquist, Majority General Counsel

Lobbying may earn more money, but Mike Bloomquist is drawn to other things Capitol Hill has to offer. And as general...

Phil Barnett, Minority Staff Director, Full Committee

It’s no surprise that Democratic Staff Director Phil Barnett counts climate change among his very top issues. His ...

Greg Dotson, Minority Staff Director, Energy and Environment Subcommittee

After wrapping up a three-week sea-kayaking trip in Mexico in 1996, Greg Dotson got a call about working for Rep. He...

Karen Christian, Majority Chief Counsel, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee

Karen Christian, chief counsel for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, is best known for her lead role in...

John Gibson Mullan, Chief Majority Counsel, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

John Gibson Mullan’s broad experience serves him well as chief counsel for Republicans on the Energy and Commerce ...

Tom Hassenboehler, Chief Counsel, Energy and Power Subcommittee

When Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., hired Tom Hassenboehler in December 2012, it was a ...

Roger Sherman, Minority Chief Counsel

Roger Sherman started working for Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., as his defense and foreign-affairs staffer back in 19...

Manufacturers Focus on Reforming Tax Code and Reducing Barriers to Trade

Manufacturers are, naturally, the biggest stakeholders in the committee’s discussion of improving the manufacturin...

Companies Battle, With Gas Prices at Stake

The lobbying fight over how much natural gas the United States should export has picked up considerably this year.

Health Care Interests Have Much to Monitor

Because entitlement reform could touch nearly every medical lobby, all will keep eyes and ears on the Energy and Com...

Companies Fight Hard to Shape Internet Regs

It’s the closest thing the Internet has to a creation myth: The Web owes its usefulness today to decentralization,...

Renewable-Fuels Standard Gets Bipartisan Attention

For the first time since President Obama won the White House in 2008, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman F...

U.S. and E.U. Will Gnaw on Trade Agreement

Late last month, the White House notified Congress that it planned to begin negotiating a comprehensive trade and in...

Manufacturers, Ag Interests Will Lobby for Trade Deal

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership won’t be focused on already-low tariffs between the U.S. and Eu...

No Big Bills, But Plenty of Action on Health Care

The Energy and Commerce Committee won’t be passing any blockbuster health care bills this session—much as some G...

Committee Will Watch Spectrum Auction Closely

By definition, virtually every wireless technology in use today depends on radio waves. Whether it’s for Wi-Fi, ce...

Companies Fight to Influence Auction Rules

On spectrum issues, wireless carriers and cable companies account for the most active lobbying. The top three are AT...

Keystone XL Pipeline Channels Partisan Attacks

Congressional Republicans see the Keystone XL pipeline as the perfect lightning rod through which to channel attacks...

Keystone Pits Oil Companies Against Environmentalists

It’s likely that more corporations, coalitions, and advocacy groups have lobbied, rallied, and written letters abo...

Internet Regulation Tests Bipartisanship

When China and Russia last year proposed building a set of rules into a long-standing global-telecommunications regi...

How Much Natural Gas Should the U.S. Export?

The Energy and Commerce Committee’s leaders and aides are unsure how to tackle one of the biggest debates in the e...

Long List of Lobbies Oppose Renewable-Fuels Standard

It’s hard to rival the diversity and sheer number of groups and companies with a vested interest in the renewable-...

Time Looks Right for Permanent ‘Doc Fix’

Since 1997, when Congress passed legislation with the dreaded “sustainable growth rate” formula, the problem of ...

Doctors Badly Want a Prescription for SGR

The sustainable growth rate formula that’s used for physician reimbursement under Medicare has been the top priori...

 
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