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January 07, 2011

Rep. Upton: "Like a Dog to the Frisbee"

Now this is what I'm talking about. Read the advance of George Will's Sunday column about Congressman Fred Upton's plans to challenge the Obama Administration on several fronts.

[L]ast month, the Democratic-controlled Federal Communications Commission, on a partisan 3-2 vote, did what a federal court says it has no power to do: It decided to regulate the Internet in the name of "net neutrality." The next morning, a man who can discipline the FCC said: Well, we'll just see about that. "We are going to be a dog to the Frisbee on this issue."

Also on Upton's list is, of course, repeal of ObamaCare:

But Upton has a bigger repeal in mind. He thinks enough Democrats will join all 242 House Republicans in voting to repeal Obamacare, and that repeal will come within 25 or so votes of the 290 necessary to override a presidential veto. This will intensify pressure on other Democratic members -- imagine their town hall meetings -- who could provide the veto-proof margin.

He's also interested in deregulating Medicaid and stopping the EPA's climate change power grab.

Update: Changed the post. The original Will column implies that Upton, as chair of House Energy and Commerce will seek to repeal the lightbulb ban law that we've talked about previously. But that didn't sound quite right to me and it's because Upton was a champion of that bill in the first place. Upton may have the power to push repeal, but there's no indication to me that he actually intends to.

Bummer.


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