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01/29/2015
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. issued the following statement regarding the completion of the FCC’s Spectrum Auction:
01/28/2015
Bill
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) introduced H.R. 351 on January 14, 2015.  Under current law, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is required to grant applications for LNG exports to countries with a free trade agreement with the United States.  Twenty countries have such agreements with the United States.  For countries without free trade agreements, DOE is required to grant an...
01/27/2015
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 11:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was entitled “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities.” 
01/27/2015
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was entitled “What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?” 
01/27/2015
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. issued the following statement regarding Chairman Fred Upton's draft on 21st Century Cures:
01/22/2015
Bill
In the 113th Congress a similar bill limiting women's rights to reproductive choices, H.R. 7, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," was considered in an effort to pass the legislation into law.  The bill passed the House on January 22, 2015, by a vote of 242-179.
01/22/2015
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was entitled “EPA’s 2014 Final Rule: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities.”  
01/21/2015
Bill
H.R. 161 proposes to replace the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) existing natural gas permitting process with an unworkable and dangerous approach.  The Government Accountability Office has concluded that FERC’s existing pipeline permitting is predictable and consistent and gets pipelines built.  FERC currently decides 90% of permit applications within 12...
01/21/2015
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing beginning on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will recess Wednesday, January 21, and will reconvene on Thursday, January 22, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building to ensure that members are able to attend both panels and have sufficient time for questioning. The hearing is entitled...
01/21/2015
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was entitled “Protecting the Internet and Consumers Through Congressional Action.” 
01/13/2015
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held its Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  
01/09/2015
Bill
H.R. 3 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...
01/08/2015
Bill
H.R. 30 would redefine the meaning of "full-time work week" under the Affordable Care Act from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week.  Under the Affordable Care Act, larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health insurance coverage to full-time employees are subject to a penalty that helps defray the public cost of coverage for their uncovered employees. These...
12/19/2014
Press Release
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)...
12/18/2014
Bill
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Rep. Mike Simpson introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1281, on March 20, 2013.  The legislation would extend several activities related to newborn screening for genetic, metabolic, hormonal, and functional conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and critical congenital heart disease. During the Subcommittee on Health's...
12/18/2014
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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...
12/18/2014
Bill
  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...
12/18/2014
Press Release
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...
12/16/2014
Bill
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...
12/16/2014
Press Release
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).
12/11/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled “The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975: Are We Positioning America for Success in an Era of Energy Abundance?”
12/10/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining FDA’s Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients.”
12/09/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Setting Fiscal Priorities.”  
12/03/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled “The Future of the Children's Health Insurance Program.”
12/03/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled “Takata Airbag Ruptures and Recalls.”
12/03/2014
Press Release
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.
12/01/2014
Press Release
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...
11/26/2014
Bill
On March 12, 2013, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Rep. Tom Rooney introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act.  H.R. 1098 reauthorizes traumatic brain injury (TBI) surveillance activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and extends an interagency program for basic and clinical trauma research led by the National Institutes...
11/26/2014
Bill
On March 13, 2014, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) introduced H.R. 4250, the Sunscreen Innovation Act.  H.R. 4250 sets up a system under which sunscreens that have been marketed continuously for at least five years in the United States or elsewhere, and that meet certain other conditions, would be eligible for review by an FDA advisory committee.  After the...
11/26/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the proposed ozone pollution standard by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
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
Bill
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
Bill
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.