Stearns planning 'aggressive and rigorous' oversight

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) says he is planning an "aggressive and rigorous" agenda for the House Energy and Commerce Oversight subcommittee. 

In an e-mail to The Hill outlining his agenda, Stearns said priorities will include "thoroughly examining the [Federal Communications Commission]." 

That work will focus in part on the FCC's "decision to regulate the Internet," Stearns said, referring the net-neutrality rules the commission passed in December. 

The effort falls within the subcommittee's primary goal of examining job creation and "removing government barriers to economic growth," Stearns said.

Stearns was a strong opponent of net-neutrality rules as the top Republican on the House Communications subpanel. 

The Oversight subcommittee will also focus on healthcare and energy policies. 

Stearns said he may hold a hearing on the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight that was created by last year's healthcare law to determine its effect on small businesses. 

"We also want to look into the U.S. [Environmental Protection Agency's] decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the endangerment finding without regard to its economic impact," he said.