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08/13/2014
Today, a bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives highlighted a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled, “Medicare Program Integrity: Increased Oversight and Guidance Could Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency of Postpayment Claims Reviews.”  The report, which was undertaken following a bipartisan and bicameral...
08/08/2014
H.R. 3548, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), amends the definition of the term “trauma” for the purposes of trauma care grants authorized in title XII of the Public Health Service Act to include burns or injuries resulting from extrinsic agents (such as chemical or radioactive exposure) in addition to those caused by mechanical force. The bill passed the House on June 24, 2014....
08/08/2014
H.R. 4631, introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Michael Doyle (D-PA) on May 9, 2014, reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act to continue autism and other developmental disability research and surveillance activities; education, early detection and intervention programs; and the activities of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The bill also requires the...
08/08/2014
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Dick Durbin, U.S. Representative Henry A. Waxman and 20 other Members of Congress today sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) expressing concern about FDA calculations regarding the proposed “deeming rule,” which would extend the FDA’s regulatory authority to electronic...
08/08/2014
Today Ranking Members Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Jr., and Diana DeGette called on the FDA  to use its enforcement authority to take immediate action to protect children from the harms of tobacco.  Once FDA finalizes its proposed regulation to assert jurisdiction over various types of tobacco products, like e-cigarettes and cigars, the agency could do this by bringing enforcement...
08/04/2014
Thirteen Members of Congress today called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to protect young people from predatory e-cigarette marketing and distribution tactics that are straight out of big tobacco’s playbook. According to the journal Pediatrics, the number of children aged 12 to 17 years exposed to e-cigarette marketing increased by 256% between 2011 and...
08/01/2014
H.R. 1528 amends the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that registered veterinarians may transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice at sites other than their registered principal place of business, including into any state in which they are licensed.  This is particularly important for veterinarians who work with large animals or in rural areas...
08/01/2014
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released the fourth fact sheet in the Clean Energy Breakthroughs series, examining emerging energy technologies and their importance to a clean energy economy of the future.  The fact sheet examines challenges of harnessing solar power, technologies for development, and the potential for use as alternative clean energy.
08/01/2014
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., and Rep. Jan Schakowsky sent letters to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and the Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye regarding a new report from the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel on Phthalates, which found that the chemicals pose significant risks, and urged the agencies to take swift action to...