The intersection between energy and environmental policy is complex and extremely important to get right. The Energy and Commerce Committee has thus far taken lead responsibility, and we are poised to bring the fight directly to the administration on behalf of the American people.
Now more than ever, the constitutional function of our committee is needed to stand up to the unaccountable czars and overreaching agency heads within the Obama administration. But when all is said and done, Republicans will put all of these small squabbles behind us and make the American people proud of what we accomplish.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.