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10/10/2013
Press Release
Today 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 Speaker of the House John Boehner calling to his attention the impact the Republicans' government shutdown is having on efforts to prevent and eliminate disease outbreaks.   Both the Centers for...
10/09/2013
Press Release
Today the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, and Sen. Edward J. Markey, sent a letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer to commend their Risky Business initiative, which will assess the potential impacts of climate...
10/07/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Calvin M. Dooley questioning whether the ACC has abandoned its 2009 principles for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The 2009 principles indicated that the ACC understood the serious shortcomings in the law and suggested a willingness to making constructive changes to...
10/07/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton urging the Committee to correct a series of inaccurate statements made last week on the Affordable Care Act Navigator program.  The Committee Republicans’ blog posts and press releases made inaccurate statements about ACA “Navigators go[ing] door to door” and groups...
10/04/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Time Warner Cable Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Glenn A. Britt regarding an email sent by a Time Warner Cable lobbyist to House and Senate Republican staff that says, “next time you think about helping the broadcasters – particularly the networks – read this.…”  The lobbyist then linked to an article...
10/01/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the first day of the federal government shutdown:
09/27/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
09/27/2013
Press Release
Leaders from the House committee overseeing health policy today introduced legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain.  The Drug Quality and Security Act, H.R. 3204, was introduced in the House by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and cosponsored by Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Joe Pitts, Frank Pallone, Jr., Tim...
09/26/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new draft report issued by the Department of State on U.S. actions to address climate change:
09/26/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller calling on him to reject an application by AES to repower the Redondo Beach power plant, instead urging him to work with AES and the local community on a plan for site redevelopment.  The Redondo Beach power plant cannot continue to operate as...
09/26/2013
Press Release
Following new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing a dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes among children and youth, twelve members of Congress today called on nine e-cigarette makers to provide additional information regarding the sale, distribution, labeling, and marketing of their products to children and teens.  Currently, e-cigarettes are...
09/25/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on premiums and competition in the health insurance marketplace in 2014:
09/25/2013
Press Release
Leaders from the Senate and House committees overseeing health policy today announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain. This legislation, the Drug Quality and Security Act, reflects a bipartisan, bicameral effort to improve drug safety and help prevent a future public health crisis...
09/23/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo sent a letter to Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce, and Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn to urge them to work closely with  federal, regional,...
09/20/2013
Press Release
Today the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded newly proposed limits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on carbon pollution from new power plants.  The proposed rules would apply to coal and natural gas-fired power plants built in the future and would help reduce the carbon pollution that is contributing to global climate change.
09/19/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Two Weeks Until Enrollment:  Questions for CCIIO.”
09/19/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled “Keystone’s Red Tape Anniversary: Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied.”  
09/19/2013
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin, and respective Health Subcommittee Ranking Members Frank Pallone Jr. and Jim McDermott today sent the following “Dear Colleague” letter highlighting the havoc that would be wreaked on Medicare and other health programs – undermining health care for a third of...
09/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act.”  
09/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities.”
09/18/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Diana DeGette, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released preliminary findings of an investigation of Affordable Care Act Navigators, the community and civic organizations that will be helping community members sign up for Affordable Care Act benefits next month.
09/18/2013
Press Release
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Diana DeGette, Frank Pallone, Jr., and John D. Dingell sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton, Tim Murphy, and Joe Pitts to request a hearing on the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and the actions needed to prevent it.  The request follows the release of a report earlier this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that...
09/17/2013
Hearing
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, the Safe Climate Caucus convened a forum to hear from individuals who have experienced first-hand the serious impacts of climate change.  Several speakers shared their stories, including a Texas rancher who discussed the impact of the extreme drought; a New York resident who lived through Superstorm Sandy;...
09/17/2013
Press Release
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, the Safe Climate Caucus convened a forum to hear from individuals who have experienced first-hand the serious impacts of climate change.  Several speakers shared their stories, including a Texas rancher who discussed the impact of the extreme drought; a New York resident who lived through Superstorm Sandy;...
09/16/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the decision by Cardon Outreach to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act's navigators program and return the federal grant funds:
09/16/2013
Press Release
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Diana DeGette, Frank Pallone, Jr., and John D. Dingell sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg to urge the FDA to act quickly to regulate electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes.”  A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found that the percentage of adolescents using e-cigarettes is...
09/13/2013
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman invited Republican members of the Committee to attend a forum, hosted by the Safe Climate Caucus, on the impacts of climate change.   Members will have an opportunity to hear from individuals who have experienced first-hand the serious costs of climate change, including hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, floods, and rising...
09/12/2013
Bill
H.R. 2775 is designed to mislead American families about the financial assistance that is available to them when they shop for health insurance in the new marketplaces.  The premise of this bill is a deliberate distortion of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) actions to establish an effective eligibility verification system.  HHS has already confirmed to Congress the...
09/12/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman joined twelve members of the California congressional delegation to send a letter to Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn to urge the FCC to investigate why 9-1-1 calls made from wireless phones in California are increasingly failing to connect location information with 9-1-1 operators.
09/12/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change hosted a forum with agriculture and renewable energy leaders to discuss climate change and its impact on agriculture.  Agriculture is critical to the U.S. economy and is acutely vulnerable to climate change. 
09/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Innovation Versus Regulation in the Video Marketplace.”
09/10/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “PPACA Pulse Check: Part 2.”
09/10/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act – Next Steps.”  
09/10/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcement that wireless carriers have reached an agreement to resolve the lack of interoperability in the 700 MHz band:
09/09/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and John Shimkus requesting a hearing to examine recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, including reports that radioactive wastewater and groundwater may be flowing into the Pacific Ocean at a rate...
08/30/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton raising strong objections to his investigation into civic and community-based organizations that have received Navigator grants to help the uninsured sign up for benefits under the new health care law.  
08/21/2013
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Edward J. Markey sent a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to extend the tenure of Marco Gonzales as Executive Secretary of the Montreal Protocol through 2015.  His leadership is crucial as the parties consider a proposal to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Protocol.  In 2009, the United States, Mexico, and...
08/20/2013
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Manhattan Beach Mayor David J. Lesser yesterday to offer guidance from federal resources on the health risks posed by styrene, as the Manhattan Beach City Council considers a proposed ban on polystyrene food service containers.  The updated Report on Carcinogens, released in 2011 in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Health and Human...
08/09/2013
Bill
H.R. 267, introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), John Dingell (D-MI), and others, is bipartisan legislation to facilitate the development of small hydropower and conduit projects and study the feasibility of a streamlined two-year permitting process for other low-impact development.  The bill passed the House on February 13, 2013 with a roll call vote of 422...
08/09/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order to reduce the high cost of prison phone calls for incarcerated individuals and their families: 
08/07/2013
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman wrote a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to urge her to consider expert recommendations for protecting minors from the dangers of ultraviolet lamps used for tanning, including an age restriction for tanning.
08/06/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending 20 concrete steps the Department of Energy should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan.  The recommendations include strengthening specific energy efficiency standards, accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, expanding the use of energy savings...
08/02/2013
Press Release
Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today requested data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding funding distribution and reform efforts in the Universal Service Fund (USF). Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Fred Upton, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo, and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman...
08/02/2013
Press Release
Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote on Thursday to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a study of the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch program and the status of the program’s “Generation-3” procurement.  The request builds upon a recent Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing that featured...
08/01/2013
Bill
H.R. 1582 would be more appropriately referred to as the Blocking Public Health Protections Act.  This legislation gives the Department of Energy (DOE) unprecedented authority to override EPA rules that protect human health and the environment from pollution.  While the bill’s supporters claim that H.R. 1582 simply requires additional analysis of EPA rules, in reality the bill...
08/01/2013
Bill
On August 1, 2013, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Reps. Frank Pallone, Lois Capps, Jan Schakowsky, Doris Matsui, Grace Napolitano, and Danny K. Davis, introduced H.R. 2910, the Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Act.  The legislation provides a framework for moving forward in the areas of Internet gun sales, mental health, and gun violence research.  The bill prohibits the...
08/01/2013
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled,  “PPACA Pulse Check.”  
08/01/2013
Press Release
On the day before Republicans cast their 40th vote to repeal key protections against insurance company abuses in the Affordable Care Act, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a memorandum prepared by Democratic Committee staff listing ten ways Republicans have undermined and obstructed implementation of the law.