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01/13/2014
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup beginning on Monday, January 13, 2014.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act.” On Monday, January 13, 2014, the Subcommittee convened at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.  It reconvened on Tuesday, January 14,...
01/13/2014
Press Release
Tomorrow morning Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, will host representatives from the Alaskan village of Shishmaref to discuss how climate change is threatening their home.  Warming temperatures are contributing to thawing permafrost and melting sea ice around the village’s island, making its shoreline more...
01/13/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Chairman John Shimkus urging him to hold a hearing to examine regulatory gaps exposed by last week’s toxic chemical spill in West Virginia.  Although Freedom Industries was storing thousands of gallons of a potentially toxic chemical near the Elk River, state...
01/09/2014
Bill
H.R. 2279 was introduced on June 6, 2013, by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO).  As introduced, H.R. 2279 includes two significant provisions.  First, the bill weakens the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by removing a requirement to review regulations every three years.  Second, the bill erects procedural obstacles to promulgating financial responsibility regulations...
01/09/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The Extenders Policies: What Are They and How Should They Continue Under a Permanent SGR Repeal Landscape?”  
01/09/2014
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released a memo with information from both Committees’ investigations of the security of Healthcare.gov.  The memo reports that there have been no successful breaches of the Healthcare.gov...
01/07/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus urging him to postpone floor consideration of H.R. 2279, which would dramatically weaken the Superfund law by wasting limited resources and letting polluters escape responsibility for the pollution they caused.  If enacted, the number of dangerous...
01/06/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori regarding the onerous conditions the Tribune Company is placing on the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers as part of its corporate restructuring.   In the letter, Rep. Waxman writes, “The newspaper unit could potentially be forced to borrow several hundred million dollars to...
12/31/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a new report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The new report finds that contrary to claims by Republican critics, five million Americans will not lose coverage in 2014 due to the ACA.  Even if one assumes the reported number of initial cancellations is accurate, the number of individuals who are unable to renew pre-ACA coverage, enroll in...
12/20/2013
Bill
H.R. 3588, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), amends the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 to exclude fire hydrants from requirements for reduced lead content while requiring EPA to seek advice from the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee on ways to reduce lead exposure from drinking water distribution systems, including components used to...
12/20/2013
Press Release
As the Obama Administration continues its process of determining whether to approve the development of the Keystone XL pipeline, a group of 21 U.S. Senators and Representatives are raising concerns about reports that U.S. trade negotiators are advocating for weaker international regulations on the tar sands crude oil that the pipeline would transport.  In a letter led by Rep. Henry A. Waxman...
12/20/2013
Press Release
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, released a report summarizing the anti-environment voting record of the U.S. House of Representatives in first session of the 113th Congress.  The report found that the Republican-led House voted for the anti-environment position 109 times in 2013, including 51 votes to benefit the oil and gas industry at...
12/19/2013
Press Release
Following recent reports that John Podesta may be primed to push for “aggressive executive action on climate change” in his new role as White House counselor, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change today released a white paper recommending concrete steps the Department of the Interior (DOI) should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan. 
12/19/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori expressing concerns about the Tribune Company’s future plans for the Los Angeles Times.  The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country, serving as the primary source of news for millions of people in Southern California. 
12/18/2013
Press Release
Today Reps. Peter DeFazio and Henry A. Waxman, ranking members on the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Energy and Commerce, respectively, requested a joint hearing on the issue of seismic activity induced by the underground injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing activities. In a letter to Chairmen Doc Hastings and Fred Upton, the members cite the increased...
12/18/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein to request that the agency investigate reports of high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around Santa Monica Airport (SMO).  A study released last week from scientists at UCLA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) suggested that ultrafine particle levels...
12/17/2013
Press Release
Today 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 requesting that the Committee hold hearings on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
12/13/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette released a memo to Democratic Committee members regarding the security of Healthcare.gov.  In a classified briefing two days ago, HHS officials revealed that there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov and that no person or group...
12/12/2013
Bill
After the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979, Congress and the Carter Administration developed and approved the Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1980, which established the basic responsibilities and authorities of the Chairman and Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  The Reorganization Plan explicitly vests the Chairman with the authority to respond to a nuclear emergency...
12/12/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.”
12/12/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a joint hearing on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Oversight of NRC Management and the Need for Legislative Reform.”
12/12/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement regarding phasing out growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals:
12/11/2013
Bill
Section 917 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established a joint United States-Israel grant program to support the development and commercialization of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.  H.R. 3683, introduced by Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), would expand the existing bi-national grant program so that...
12/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “PPACA Implementation Failures: What’s Next?”
12/10/2013
Bill
On July 11, 2013, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2666, the Internet Poker Freedom Act.  H.R. 2666 requires the Department of Commerce and the National Indian Gaming Commission to implement and regulate a licensing program for Internet poker operations run by “qualified regulatory authorities” at the state and tribal level, respectively, which determines licensees that may...
12/10/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The State of Online Gaming.” 
12/10/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health held a markup on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 3527, “Poison Center Network Act of 2013”; • H.R. 1098, “Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act;” and, • H.R. 1281, “Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act...
12/10/2013
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup beginning on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 3527, Poison Center Network Act of 2013; • H.R. 1098, Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act; • H.R. 724, a bill to amend the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles; • H...
12/10/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cross-state air pollution rule:
12/05/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Evaluating the Role of FERC in a Changing Energy Landscape.”
12/04/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Medicare Advantage: What Beneficiaries Should Expect Under the President’s Health Care Plan.”
12/03/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade hearing scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2013, was held Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The FTC at 100: Where Do We Go From Here?”
11/27/2013
Bill
On September 27, 2013, House by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, and Reps. Joe Pitts, Frank Pallone, Jr., Tim Murphy, John D. Dingell, Bob Latta, Diana DeGette, Morgan Griffith, Gene Green, and Jim Matheson introduced H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, to ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply...
11/27/2013
Bill
S. 252 authorizes or reauthorizes three public health programs.   Title I of the bill reauthorizes and improves the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers Who Deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act (PREEMIE) Act.  This title reauthorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research, surveillance, and prevention activities.  It also extends provider...
11/21/2013
Bill
S. 330 updates the National Organ Transplant Act in light of current medical and scientific understanding of HIV and AIDS.  The legislation lays the foundation for HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ donation to occur in the future, first beginning with thorough research.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spearhead the development of research criteria for HIV-...
11/21/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “H.R. 2012, a bill to improve the integrity and safety of interstate horseracing, and for other purposes.”
11/21/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Oversight of FirstNet and the Advancement of Public Safety Wireless Communications.”
11/21/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change met with representatives from the NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to discuss the effects of climate change on these leagues and the work the organizations are doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The members also released written responses from the leagues to the Task Force’s request for views...
11/20/2013
Bill
On July 17, 2013, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 2703, a bill to eliminate possible disincentives for health practitioners to volunteer at community health centers.  H.R. 2703 makes health practitioner volunteers eligible for medical malpractice coverage that is available to health center employees, contractors, and officers through the Federal Tort Claims...
11/20/2013
Bill
On February 12, 2013, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Colin Peterson (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 610, to establish the Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee.  The bill establishes a committee to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Department's Lyme and other tick-borne disease activities.  This Committee would include...
11/20/2013
Bill
H.R. 3528, the "National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Reauthorization Act of 2013," was introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) on November 18, 2013.  The bill extends the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) prescription drug monitoring program first authorized in 2005 and administered by the Substance Abuse...
11/20/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Local Communities.”  
11/20/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup beginning on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 3301, North American Energy Infrastructure Act On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Subcommittee convened at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.  It reconvened on Wednesday, November 20, at 10:00 a.m....
11/20/2013
Press Release
Tomorrow Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, will host representatives from five of America’s major sports leagues, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), to discuss the effects of climate change on sporting activities and the work these organizations are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions....
11/19/2013
Bill
H.R. 3303, as introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would create a newly defined category of “medical software” that is not a medical device but would require FDA to continue to regulate the "medical software" like devices.  The bill also would remove FDA’s jurisdiction over a newly defined category of “clinical software” and “health...
11/19/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Security of HealthCare.gov.”