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07/22/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health held a markup beginning on Monday, July 22, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R.2810, the "Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013 " On Monday, July 22, 2013, the Subcommittee convened at 5:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.  It reconvened on Tuesday, July 23,...
07/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Implementation in the Wake of Administrative Delay.” In preparation for this hearing, on July 3, 2013, Republican members of the Committee sent a letter to Treasury Secretary...
07/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Reporting Data Breaches: Is Federal Legislation Needed to Protect Consumers?”
07/18/2013
Press Release
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today released an updated advanced legislative framework to replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system with a fair and stable system of physician payment in the Medicare program. The draft legislation is the result of a careful and bipartisan process that sought and considered feedback from both lawmakers and stakeholder organizations....
07/17/2013
Bill
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced H.R. 698, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act.  This is a bipartisan bill that directs the federal Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to allow the transplantation of human organs infected with HIV into individuals already infected with the HIV virus. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services would be required to establish guidelines...
07/17/2013
Bill
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires all companies that employ more than 50 workers to provide health benefits to their employees by 2014 or pay a penalty.  H.R. 2667 would delay this requirement until 2015.  On July 17, 2013, the House debated and passed this bill by a vote of 264 - 161.
07/17/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a letter from some of our nation’s leading economists highlighting the importance of the individual responsibility requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is critical to expanding coverage and lowering costs.  As the letter makes clear, an individual responsibility requirement to maintain basic health insurance coverage is...
07/17/2013
Press Release
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman spoke on the House floor today in support of the Affordable Care Act and the employer-mandate, urging a No vote on H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act.
07/16/2013
Bill
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced H.R. 2186 on May 23, 2013, following the Committee's investigation into a fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections produced by a compounding pharmacy.  The legislation provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sole regulatory authority over compounding pharmacies that engage in interstate commerce and high-risk...
07/16/2013
Bill
  On July 16, 2013, the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a legislative hearing to discuss three legislative proposals released in the aftermath of the September 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis associated with injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) produced by the New England Compounding Center.  S. 959, the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and...
07/16/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.”  
07/16/2013
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup beginning on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.  The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 1582, Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013; • H.R. 1900, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act; • H.R. 83, a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the...
07/15/2013
Press Release
In the wake of the recent Santa Monica shootings, Rep. Henry A. Waxman today convened a forum in Santa Monica to explore issues related to gun violence and mental health. 
07/15/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released new reports and an interactive map on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in every congressional district in the country.  These reports provide the first picture of the impacts of the law in districts redrawn or newly created following the 2010 Census.   They show that millions of Americans are...
07/15/2013
Press Release
A report released today by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) revealed a dramatic increase in the rates of doctors ordering anatomic pathology tests and procedures when...
07/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled,  “Improving FCC Process.” 
07/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation."
07/11/2013
Press Release
Continuing its bipartisan review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released the fifth and final white paper in a series that examine 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...
07/10/2013
Press Release
Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science at the State Department, urging the Department to correct significant mistakes in the analysis of the climate impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse write that the draft Supplemental...
07/10/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will award grants to community health centers throughout the nation to help Americans benefit from the Affordable Care Act:
07/10/2013
Press Release
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a Dear Colleague letter urging a No Vote on the Culberson Amendment to H.R. 2609.  The amendment claims that carbon pollution is zero and produces no harm and no costs. 
07/10/2013
Press Release
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013, titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  Implementation in the Wake of Administrative Delay.”  In preparation for this hearing, Republican members of the Committee sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew seeking information on the decision to delay the Affordable...
07/09/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearingwas titled, “Cyber Espionage and the Theft of U.S. Intellectual Property and Technology.”
07/09/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing focused on H.R. 1900, "Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act."
07/09/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup beginning on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 1582, the “Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013”; • H.R. 1900, the “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act”; and • H.R. 83, "a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to...
07/09/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a new report that compares the climate change voting records of members of Congress in the 112th Congress with the temperatures experienced in 2012 in the districts they currently represent.  It finds a widespread "climate disconnect" in the voting records of the Republican members representing the...
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.”