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07/08/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Monday, July 8, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Making Medicaid Work for the Most Vulnerable.” 
07/08/2013
Press Release
Ranking Members Henry A. Waxman and Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to the Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Mathy Stanislaus, to request a response to previous inquiries on coal ash legislation.  During the April 11, 2013, Environment and the Economy Subcommittee hearing on coal ash legislation, Assistant Administrator Stanislaus offered 18...
06/28/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Friday, June 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Examining Reforms to Improve the Medicare Part B Drug Program for Seniors.”
06/28/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:
06/27/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The was titled, “A Tangle of Trade Barriers: How India’s Industrial Policy is Hurting U.S. Companies.”
06/27/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Equipping Carriers and Agencies in the Wireless Era.”
06/26/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Challenges Facing America’s Businesses Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
06/26/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “A 21st Century Medicare: Bipartisan Proposals to Redesign the Program’s Outdated Benefit Structure.”
06/26/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Government Perspectives.” 
06/25/2013
Press Release
Today, the Democratic Staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee released a fact sheet on the success of the Clean Air Act, which has provided cleaner air and economic growth. Republican Members of Congress will criticize the President’s Climate Action Plan.  Already, House Speaker John Boehner has called the plan “absolutely crazy” and said it will “increase the...
06/25/2013
Press Release
Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded President Obama’s plans to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution from existing and new power plants, developing new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, and setting new efficiency targets for appliances and buildings.  The plan also provides financial assistance for carbon capture and...
06/24/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that had vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cross-state air pollution rule:
06/24/2013
Press Release
House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Bruce Braley, Rep. Matthew Cartwright, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, and Sen. Al Franken joined today to call for regulatory action by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in light of today’s 5-4...
06/21/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gave FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products:
06/20/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a joint hearing on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “U.S. Energy Abundance: Manufacturing Competitiveness and America’s Energy Advantage.” 
06/20/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court in United States Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, which struck down a federal law forcing private health organizations to adopt policies opposing prostitution and sex trafficking as a condition for funding to fight...
06/20/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to Speaker John Boehner’s comments condemning President Obama’s coming plan to address climate change through new EPA regulations:
06/20/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services report that shows the Affordable Care Act saved consumers $3.9 billion in premiums in 2012:
06/20/2013
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, spoke on the House floor this afternoon about the need to address climate change and the imperative for the President to act using his existing authorities.  Rep. Waxman also responded to Speaker Boehner's remarks criticizing President Obama’s forthcoming plan to...
06/19/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman's (CA-33) amendment requiring facilities holding dangerous amounts of explosive chemicals to inform their state emergency planning officials of the risk they pose was included in the bill H.R. 2279, which was approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee. The amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent.
06/18/2013
Bill
H.R. 2226, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), requires consultation with states before removal actions at toxic waste sites, hindering short-term actions taken to address serious immediate threats.  Furthermore, it allows states to force listing of a site on the National Priorities List (NPL) once every five years, increased from one time over the life of the program...
06/18/2013
Bill
H.R. 2318, introduced by Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH), amends the process for cleanup of toxic contamination at sites that are currently or were in the past owned or operated by the federal government.  Unfortunately, the legislation was drafted without input from the Department of Defense or Department of Justice, both of which raised significant concerns about its effect.  The process...
06/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Continuing Concerns Over BioWatch and the Surveillance of Bioterrorism.”
06/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export.”
06/18/2013
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee began a markup on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  The Committee will consider the following: • H.R. 2218, the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013”; • H.R. 2226, the “Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013”; • H.R. 2279, the “Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of...
06/18/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Rep Paul D. Tonko released a new Congressional Research Service analysis of coal ash legislation that will soon be considered by the Energy and Commerce Committee.
06/17/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton to express his deep concern that the Committee was bypassed when a provision within the Committee’s jurisdiction was adopted during floor consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA was amended to include a proposal by Rep. Steve Pearce to allow...
06/17/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court in the case Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis allowing federal regulators to sue brand-name drug makers regarding anti-competitive practices to keep generic drugs off the market:
06/14/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Examining the Federal Government’s Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis.”  
06/14/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield to request a hearing on a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).  The report finds that the world is not on track to meet the goal of limiting global average temperature rise to below 3.6...
06/14/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of new initiatives directing federal agencies to increase efficiency in their use of broadband spectrum:
06/13/2013
Bill
S. 622, the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013, is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1407, which passed the Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 15, 2013.  The bill reauthorizes both the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act (AGDUFA) through Fiscal Year 2018.  Congress originally enacted ADUFA and AGDUFA to...
06/13/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled, “The Fiscal Year 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Budget.” 
06/13/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled, “Title I of the Toxic Substance Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact.”
06/12/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “The Need for Medicaid Reform: A State Perspective.”
06/12/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “The Satellite Television Law: Repeal, Reauthorize, or Revise?”  
06/08/2013
Press Release
Today President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an agreement to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent greenhouse gases.
06/07/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement praising President Obama’s speech to highlight implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California:
06/07/2013
Press Release
Continuing its bipartisan review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released the fourth in a series of white papers examining a number of issues emerging with the current system. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) are leading this effort to review the law and its implementation and are...
06/05/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearingwas titled, “Reforming SGR: Prioritizing Quality in a Modernized Physician Payment System.”  
06/05/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a markup on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements.  The Subcommittee reconvened on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Building in open markup session on the legislation.  The Subcommittee considered H.R. 2218, the “Coal Residuals Reuse and...
06/05/2013
Press Release
Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change sent a letter to President Obama urging him to discuss joint action to address climate change with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the upcoming summit in California.  The letter focuses on the opportunity for the United States and China to reach agreement to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely...
06/05/2013
Press Release
With Congress gridlocked on a host of issues, President Obama has pledged to take action in its stead, particularly on issues related to energy and the environment.  Unfortunately, according to a letter sent last night by a group of Senate and House Democrats, critical actions to protect public health, workers safety, the environment, and save money are being delayed.
06/04/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Our Nation of Builders: Home Economics.”
06/03/2013
Bill
H.R. 1919, introduced by Reps. Latta and Matheson, proposes to improve the integrity of the prescription drug supply chain.  FDA, the National Boards of Pharmacy, and many others argue that an electronic, interoperable unit-level tracking system is needed to identify illegitimate products in real-time to prevent them from ending up in patients’ hands.  H.R. 1919 could...
06/03/2013
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman recently sent a letter to the Environmental Council of the States Executive Director, Steven Brown, requesting responses to questions regarding three legislative proposals before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. The proposals, all focused on federal regulation of hazardous waste and disposal, are slated to be considered...
05/30/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Jared Blumenfeld, the Administrator for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region, about DDT and PCBs in the Palos Verdes Shelf.  EPA intends to conduct a sediment study later this year, following a 2009 study that found a large and unexpected decrease in the amount of DDT found in the sediment of the ocean...
05/30/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change launched a new series of fact sheets that will examine emerging energy technologies that could play a significant role in the clean energy economy of the future.  Each fact sheet in the series, entitled Clean Energy Breakthroughs, will examine a technical challenge, describe the opportunities it presents, and highlight new technologies being...
05/29/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield to request a hearing on the potential economic impacts of climate change in the developed and developing worlds.  Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report showing that continued delay...
05/23/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Examining Drug Compounding.”