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11/24/2014
Press Release
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.
11/20/2014
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The Clean Air Act requires major new or expanding sources of air pollution to obtain permits with pollution limits before the facilities start construction.  These preconstruction permits ensure that a new or expanded facility will not increase local air pollution to levels that violate national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets for...
11/19/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining Medical Product Development in the Wake of the Ebola Epidemic.”  
11/19/2014
Hearing
 The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water.”
11/18/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Update on the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak.”  
11/17/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Waxman released the following statement in response to FCC Chairman Wheeler’s plan to modernize the E-Rate Program:
11/14/2014
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H.R. 5682 grants a regulatory earmark to TransCanada Corporation, effectively exempting TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from all federal permitting requirements, including requirements that apply to every other construction project in this country. Tar sands are a dirty, high-polluting fuel. On a life-cycle basis, tar sands crude produces up to 40% more carbon pollution than...
11/14/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Waxman released the following statement in response to the news that President Obama will announce a $3 billion U.S. contribution to the Green Climate Fund:
11/11/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on President Obama and President Xi’s announcement of joint greenhouse gas reduction pledges.
11/10/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on President Obama’s support for a free and open Internet, calling upon the FCC to establish strong net neutrality rules: “Today is a great day for the Internet.  The President has called on the FCC to adopt the three cornerstones of a free and open Internet:  no blocking, no...
11/07/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigation Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton, Tim Murphy, and Lee Terry to request a hearing and investigation of the safety risks posed by defective Takata airbags that have been installed in vehicles driven by millions of Americans.
10/29/2014
Press Release
Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today wrote to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The request follows the committee’s extensive investigation into the General Motors ignition switch recall.
10/16/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak.”  
10/10/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement on the Department of Energy’s issuance of a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for carbon-neutral new federal buildings beginning in 2030:  
10/08/2014
Press Release
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, released statements in response to the unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to initiate a rulemaking for a mandatory standard on corded window coverings.  
10/03/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler suggesting a new approach for protecting a free and open Internet.   Under the hybrid approach outlined in the letter, the FCC would reclassify broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, and then use its authority under section 706 to establish three...
10/01/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton, Joe Pitts, and Tim Murphy outlining the key short-term and long-term questions that should be addressed in hearings on Ebola. Last month, these members urged...
09/26/2014
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Muscular dystrophy is a group of more than 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive muscle weakness and degeneration.  The Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education Act was originally passed in 2001 and reauthorized in 2008 with the goal of improving muscular dystrophy research, surveillance, and educational efforts. H.R. 594 was introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-...
09/26/2014
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S. 276 reinstates an expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for a small hydroelectric power project in Idaho and gives the licensee three more years to commence construction on the project. On September 11, 2014, S. 276 passed the House by voice vote. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on September 26, 2014.
09/24/2014
Hearing
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST, Rep. Doris Matsui hosted a forum on net neutrality.  The forum took place in Sacramento at the California State Capitol, Hearing Room 4202.
09/24/2014
Press Release
Today Reps. Waxman, Dingell, Pallone, and DeGette, and Sens. Harkin, Rockefeller, Durbin, and Blumenthal released a new report that found that hundreds of tobacco advertisements and images glorifying smoking and e-cigarettes appear in magazines with large teen readerships.
09/19/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “21st Century Cures: Examining Ways to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Foster New Drug Development."
09/18/2014
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The Vehicle Safety Improvement Act of 2014 -- which builds on H.R. 4364, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Ranking Member Waxman in April 2014 -- takes several steps that the Committee’s investigation made clear are necessary to respond to auto manufaturer's failure to recall defective vehicles.  This legislation strengthens transparency and oversight,...
09/18/2014
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Rep. Paul D. Tonko, Ranking Member of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced H.R. 5534, the Assistance, Quality and Affordability Act of 2014, to reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) established by the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA...
09/18/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Suicide Prevention and Treatment:  Helping Loved Ones in Mental Health Crisis.”  
09/18/2014
Press Release
Today, Rep. Paul D. Tonko, Ranking Member of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced legislation to reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) established by the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  H.R. 5534, the Assistance, Quality and...
09/18/2014
Press Release
Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, joined by other Democratic Committee members, introduced the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act (VSIA).  This legislation will establish several new important consumer protections to improve driver, passenger, and...
09/17/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled “A hearing on H.R. 4526, the 21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act of 2014.”
09/17/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled “Oversight of FCC Budget and Management.”
09/17/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled “Cross Border Data Flows: Could Foreign Protectionism Hurt U.S. Jobs?”  
09/17/2014
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer today urged Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to quickly respond to a General Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing widespread mismanagement of land-use agreements at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).
09/16/2014
Press Release
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette released the following statement today on the Committee Republicans’ report on the role of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the GM ignition switch recall:  
09/16/2014
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Jeff Baran as a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
09/15/2014
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The insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States face significant energy challenges due to their near total reliance on imported fossil fuels to meet their energy needs.  H.R. 83, introduced by Rep. Donna Christensen from the Virgin Islands, requires the Secretary of the Interior to establish a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to develop energy action...
09/15/2014
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  H.R. 4771, introduced by Subcommittee on Health Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), adds 25 new chemicals to the list of substances that meet the Controlled Substances Act definition of anabolic steroid, thereby facilitating their control by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  The bill also makes it easier for DEA to add subsequent...
09/11/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining H.R. __, the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2014.” 
09/11/2014
Press Release
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, joined by 57 Democratic colleagues, sent a letter to the House Republican leadership urging them to ban polystyrene foam products in the House of Representatives cafeteria.  
09/09/2014
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Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced H.R. 669 on February 13, 2013.  The bipartisan legislation includes provisions to enhance surveillance on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), and stillbirth.  H.R. 669 improves the development and use of standard protocols for death scene investigations and autopsies surrounding...
09/09/2014
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The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program began in 1984 and supports grants to state governments and institutes of higher learning to improve pediatric emergency care.  H.R. 4290 is sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY).  The bill reauthorizes the EMSC Program at the currently-authorized funding level of $30 million for each of FY 2015 through...
09/09/2014
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  H.R. 4701 was introduced by Rep. Christopher Gibson (R-NY) on May 21, 2014.  As amended at the Full Committee markup, the bill creates a new Interagency Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.  The group would have federal and non-federal members, including members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Majority Leader of the Senate.  The working...
09/09/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “21st Century Cures: Examining the Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests.”  
09/09/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan.”