Congressman Fred Upton gained a major role in the U.S. House of Representatives today when he was named as the powerful House Energy Subcommittee’s Republican Leader by the Energy & Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Upton issued the following statement regarding that appointment:
“As the Republican leader on the Energy Subcommittee for the 117th Congress, I will prioritize an energy policy that spurs job creation – including in Michigan’s auto and manufacturing industries – supports the clean energy economy, ensures an “all of the above” approach – from nuclear to hydrogen to clean fossil fuels – fosters innovation, and provides a reliable and affordable energy supply.
There are other significant challenges facing our country that I expect will be before us in the 117th Congress. We need to tackle climate change without stunting economic growth. We need to secure our electrical grid and prevent cyberattacks from our foreign adversaries. We must ensure we have the infrastructure necessary to fortify this new era of American energy independence. We must keep energy prices low as small businesses look to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We must examine the impact of COVID-19 on our energy sector. And lastly this committee will play a critical role in bolstering Michigan’s and our nation’s auto industry as we continue to move toward cleaner, safer, smarter vehicles.
These are bold challenges, that’s for certain. But our subcommittee will continue to govern in a bipartisan fashion, as has become tradition with the Energy and Commerce Committee as a whole. We look forward to working with our Democratic partners and the new Administration to create jobs, preserve our environment, and protect the wellbeing of the American people.”