Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. was chosen by his colleagues of the Democratic Caucus to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone has a long record of accomplishment, having played a lead role in the enactment of landmark health, environmental protection, and consumer safety legislation over the last twenty-six years. As Chairman of the Committee’s Health Subcommittee, Pallone served as a principal author of the Affordable Care Act, which expands coverage to millions of Americans, improves health benefits, and instates patient protections.  Throughout his career, Pallone has been committed to strengthening food safety laws, ensuring the integrity of the Medicare guarantee and Medicaid programs, protecting environmental resources, and improving our nation’s health care system.

The Affordable Care Act, passed into law in 2010, guarantees access to affordable health care, strengthens Medicare and Medicaid, and reduces the deficit.

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May 21, 2015

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement today applauding President Obama’s decision to nominate Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to a second term at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):  

May 20, 2015

Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) offered his bill, the Keeping Our Campaigns Honest (KOCH) Act, for consideration at an Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology subcommittee markup.  However, at a markup to discuss increased transparency, the bill was unanimously rejected by the subcommittee’s Republicans who refused to address the issue of transparency when it comes to secret mega-donors behind organizations paying for political ads.

May 19, 2015

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Commerce, Trade, and Manufacturing Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement today after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced steps to address fatal defects in Takata airbags.  Takata has finally agreed to take action and expand its original recall to include 34 million potentially defective vehicles nationwide:

May 1, 2015

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the harmful effects that the plastic microbeads found in many cosmetic products are having on the nation’s waterways.  These small bits of plastic, often used as exfoliants in personal care products like face wash, soap, and toothpaste, can slip through water treatment systems after they are washed down the drain.  As a result, these microbeads often end up contaminating local streams, rivers and larger bodies of water.

Apr 30, 2015

Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), who serves as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, introduced the Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act.  The legislation would require disclosure of the donors behind Super PACs and 501(c)(4) organizations that are flooding the nation’s airwaves with anonymous ads.  

Apr 30, 2015

Today, Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee unveiled a package of draft legislative proposals that will keep the FCC Fast, Efficient, and Transparent.  Since taking office, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has taken impressive strides to improve the agency’s internal procedures.  The Democratic plan, detailed below, builds on this success.