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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Aug 3, 2015

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement today commending the Obama Administration for the monumental step it has taken to reduce carbon emissions and seriously address climate change with the final Clean Power Plan.

Jul 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and the co-chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) today issued the following statement ahead of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.

Jul 17, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- While climate change remains a politicized issue in Washington, D.C., officials at the local level are all too aware of its devastating impacts.  Rising sea levels have led to increased flooding in coastal communities, which raises costs for local governments, disrupts natural ecosystems, and threatens our national security.

Jul 16, 2015

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement today applauding the White House’s new ConnectHome initiative, which aims to expand high-speed broadband to more families, particularly low-income households, across the country.

Jul 16, 2015

Today, after repeated calls for reform by House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally voted to update its designated entities (DE) rules to ensure that they benefit genuine small businesses.  Following the vote, full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) commended the FCC for taking a much-needed step to level the playing field for small businesses competing for spectrum at the upcoming broadcast incentive auction.

Jul 10, 2015

When Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. became Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the first thing he asked Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworcel at a March 19, 2015 oversight hearing was what the FCC could do to improve communications during an emergency.  Chairman Wheeler committed to Ranking Member Pallone that he would complete two proceedings this year that would help improve network reliability.