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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Jan 29, 2015

Today Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the completion of the FCC’s Spectrum Auction:

Jan 27, 2015

Today Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. issued the following statement regarding Chairman Fred Upton's draft on 21st Century Cures:

Dec 19, 2014

Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. sent letters to 29 State Attorneys General applauding their ongoing efforts to press the FDA to use its enforcement discretion to prevent e-cigarette manufacturers from targeting teens.  The members also called on the Attorneys General to classify e-cigarettes as cigarettes under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to prevent e-cigarette makers from marketing their products in ways that are appealing to youth. 

Dec 18, 2014

Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Jr., Rosa L. DeLauro, Carolyn B. Maloney, and Charles W. Dent wrote to eighteen universities urging them to consider ending practices that could endanger their students’ health by allowing them to use university debit cards to pay at indoor tanning salons.  A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that 18 leading universities allow use of student debit cards to pay for tanning services, and that “these agreements constitute an endorsement and even encourage indoor tanning, which has been designated as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization.”

Dec 16, 2014

Today Democrats released a new report that details the district-specific impact if the Supreme Court rules against providing federal tax credits to consumers who receive Affordable Care Act insurance coverage through federally facilitated health care exchanges (King v. Burwell).

Dec 3, 2014

In formal responses to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Finance Committee, governors from 39 states expressed support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and urged Congress to extend the program, noting the role the program plays in providing affordable and comprehensive coverage to children.