Rep. Henry A. Waxman has a long record of legislative and oversight accomplishment.  For forty years, he played a leading role in the enactment of major health, consumer protection, environmental, telecommunications, and good government laws.  His work has been widely recognized.  He has been called “liberalism’s legislative genius,” “one of the ablest members of the House,” and “one of the most accomplished legislators of our times.”  He has a reputation as one of the most experienced practitioners of congressional oversight, earning accolades like “Mr. Oversight”, “The Democrat’s Eliot Ness”, and the “Scariest Guy in Town.”  This report summarizes the legislative and oversight record of Rep. Waxman.  It is a record of breadth, depth, and accomplishment.

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Hon. Henry A. Waxman

Rep. Henry A. Waxman is the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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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 Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman 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.

Dec 1, 2014

Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement regarding World AIDS Day:

"I have been working on HIV and AIDS for a very long time now—from before the disease had a name.  We have come a long way since then.  We have a sophisticated understanding of this disease and how to reduce the risk of transmission.  We have treatments that keep people alive and healthy. 

Nov 26, 2014

Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the proposed ozone pollution standard by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

Nov 24, 2014

On November 20, 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article by Lawrence O. Gostin, JD; Henry A. Waxman, JD; William Foege, MD, MPH, on the Ebola epidemic and the need for a strong public health system here and abroad.