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02/10/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing entitled “The Effects of Middle East Events on U.S. Energy Markets” at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Prompted by the recent uprising in Egypt, the hearing discussed America’s dependence on foreign oil. Although Egypt is not a major producer of oil, the Suez Canal and the...
02/10/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing titled “ARRA Broadband Spending” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
02/10/2011
Press Release
A report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raises questions about the high administrative costs of many private insurance companies that offer coverage through Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. 
02/09/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on a discussion draft of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Witnesses and Democratic Members expressed concern about legislation that would amend the Clean Air Act and block the EPA from regulating dangerous carbon emissions. The Upton-Inhofe bill ...
02/09/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "The Protect Life Act" on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Disregarding America’s call for Congress to address their top priority: job creation, the Republicans used the second hearing of the 112th Congress to debate one of the most hard-fought and delicately balanced...
02/09/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, released a letter and white paper from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the economic benefits of implementing the Clean Air Act.  The EPA found that implementing the Clean Air Act’s public health protections “...
02/08/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, sent a memo to Democratic Committee members analyzing a discussion draft of legislation released by Chairman Fred Upton, Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, and Senator James Inhofe to amend the Clean Air Act.
02/08/2011
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton highlighting the views of former-EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, articulated in a private letter to President Bush in 2008, that the climate change science supported the agency’s positive endangerment finding on carbon emissions.   
02/08/2011
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman released the following statement today in response to proposed rules announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize and streamline the Universal Service Fund (USF):
02/07/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, sent a letter to Chairman Upton proposing bipartisanship in crafting a clean energy standard.
02/04/2011
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton underscoring his views on congressional oversight. 
02/03/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton regarding the series of Republican requests for documents and information from the Department of Health and Human Services.
02/02/2011
Press Release
Today Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Edward J. Markey released a Republican discussion draft that would assault the Clean Air Act – one of the nation’s landmark public health laws.  The draft was obtained from industry lobbyists.  
01/31/2011
Press Release
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Edward J. Markey, and Diana DeGette sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the results of an investigation into the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluids.
01/31/2011
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to today’s ruling on the constitutionality of a provision of the Affordable Care Act by a federal district judge.
01/26/2011
Bill
On January 26, 2011, Reps. Edward Markey and Henry A. Waxman introduced H.R. 501, the Implementing the Recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission Act of 2011, to strengthen oversight of the offshore oil industry following the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  The legislation reflects the recommendations of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore...
01/26/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, “Views of the Administration on Regulatory Reform” on January 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing discussed the importance of cost-effective implementations of laws that protect the American people's health, financial security, and safety. Witnesses and Democratic Members...
01/26/2011
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton urging him to continue the Committee’s bipartisan efforts to address America’s aging drinking water infrastructure and reauthorize the drinking water State Revolving Fund (SRF).  Below is...
01/26/2011
Press Release
House Democrats today introduced new, revamped legislation to reform and renew the practices and oversight of the offshore oil industry following the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The legislation reflects the recommendations of the independent oil spill commission tasked with investigating the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the practices of the oil industry. The bill, called the...
01/24/2011
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton regarding the testimony of Dr. Patrick Michaels, who appeared before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on February 12, 2009. Rep. Waxman requested that Chairman Upton join with him in requesting clarification from Dr. Michaels regarding the amount of funding he receives from industry sources and to provide a...
01/21/2011
Press Release
Representative Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement after Verizon Communications filed an appeal challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Report and Order on Net neutrality...
01/19/2011
Bill
In January 2011, House Republican leadership introduced H.R. 2 to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The Republican leadership called a vote on the legislation without any public hearings on the widespread disruption repeal of the Affordable Care Act would cause to consumers, businesses, and health care providers.  On January 4, 2011, Democratic leaders of the Committees with jurisdiction...
01/19/2011
Press Release
Today the Democratic Caucus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee met to establish recommendations for Subcommittee leadership and assignments for the 112th Congress.
01/18/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Frank Pallone released, for each congressional district and the 30 largest metropolitan areas, an analysis of the impact of the repeal of patients’ rights, protections, and benefits contained in the historic health care reform law.
01/08/2011
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman released the following statement today after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others were shot at a constituent event in Tucson, Arizona this morning: "The shooting in Tucson is a terrible tragedy and a senseless act of violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Giffords, all the victims, and their families." 
01/06/2011
Press Release
Today, three leading Democrats from California expressed concern about Blue Shield of California’s announcement of a significant increase in health insurance premiums for many of its policyholders, averaging 30 to 35%.  This is a major increase in premiums that will be a burden for Californians, forcing them to make hard choices between health care and other needs like groceries and...
01/04/2011
Bill
The Committee on Energy and Commerce first considered H.R. 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009, holding a legislative hearing and markups.  On December 16, 2010, Reps. Doyle and Terry introduced a new version of the bill, H.R. 6533, the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.  H.R. 6533 requires the FCC to modify its FM radio rules and provide greater opportunity for low power...
01/04/2011
Bill
The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a motor vehicle safety standard that provides for a means of alerting blind and other pedestrians of motor vehicle operation by quiet cars. On January 28, 2009, H.R. 734 was introduced by Rep. Towns of New York and Rep. Stearns of Florida.  Similar legislation in the Senate was introduced by...
01/04/2011
Bill
On May 12, 2010, Rep. Eshoo of California introduced H.R. 5289, the Get the Lead Out Act, to reduce the lead content of faucets and plumbing fixtures.  On May 13, 2010, the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a legislative hearing on proposed legislative language to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act state revolving fund, including the provisions of H.R. 5289.  No further...
01/04/2011
Bill
On May 19, 2009, during the full Committee consideration of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), Rep. Christensen of the Virgin Islands offered an amendment to reauthorize the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) and allow specified U.S. territories and protectorates to participate in the program.  DERA authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency and states to...
01/04/2011
Bill
The National Alzheimer’s Project Act establishes the Office of the National Alzheimer's Project, in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to:  (1) accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s; (2) create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s; (3)...
01/04/2011
Bill
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health held several hearings on weaknesses in the U.S. food safety system that led to salmonella outbreaks that sickened thousands of people.  This oversight led to the enactment of new food safety legislation in 2010. On June 17, 2009, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of...
01/04/2011
Press Release
Today Democratic leaders of the Committees with jurisdiction over health policy, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin, and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, sent a letter to their respective incoming chairmen regarding plans of the House Republican leadership to bring major legislation to repeal the...
01/02/2011
Bill
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, establishes the World Trade Center  (WTC) Health Program and extends and expand eligibility for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.  The WTC Health Program provides healthcare benefits for an estimated 65,000 eligible emergency personnel who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist...
12/29/2010
Bill
On July 1, 2010, Rep. Space of Ohio introduced H.R. 5707, the “Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act,” to address several tactics used in online commerce, including post-transaction marketing and “data pass.”  Post-transaction marketing is when a consumer purchasing from a trusted vendor is presented an offer from an unrelated seller, and the third-party...
12/22/2010
Bill
The Committee on Energy and Commerce first considered H.R. 1258, a bill to make it illegal to use a caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information ("spoofing") with the intent to defraud or deceive.  The bill passed the House of Representatives on April 14, 2010 by a voice vote.  The Senate companion bill, S. 30, passed the...
12/22/2010
Bill
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010 amends the Public Health Service Act to (1) expand the newborns and infants hearing loss program to include diagnostic services among the services provided; and (2) require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in the recruitment, retention, education, and training of qualified personnel and health care...
12/22/2010
Bill
Johanna’s Law reauthorizes and expands CDC programs to educate women and healthcare providers about gynecologic cancers. On September 30, 2010, H.R. 2941 passed the House, as amended, under suspension of the rules by a voice vote.  On December 16, 2010, the House, under suspension of the rules, agreed by a voice vote to concur with the Senate amendment to the House amendment to H.R....
12/22/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  H.R. 847 will amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001, and for other purposes.
12/22/2010
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2751, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, by a vote of 215-144.  H.R. 2751 will provide important safeguards and better protections for the nation's food supply.
12/22/2010
Press Release
On December 21, 2010, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5809, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2010.
12/21/2010
Press Release
Today Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to enact rules providing for open access to websites and online services.
12/18/2010
Bill
H.R. 2480 amends the Fur Products Labeling Act by removing the authority of the Federal Trade Commission to exempt apparel from labeling if it is valued under a certain amount.  As a result, all articles of apparel containing fur will be required to be labeled.  The legislation also instructs the FTC to review the Fur Products Name Guide. On May 13, 2010, the Subcommittee on Commerce,...
12/17/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that changes made in the new health care reform law solved longstanding concerns about underpaying pharmacists for generic drugs under the Medicaid program.
12/15/2010
Bill
The Committee on Energy and Commerce first considered H.R. 1084, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, holding a hearing as well as subcommittee and full committee markups.  On December 8, 2009, Senator Sheldon Whithouse introduced S. 2847, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1084.  This bill addresses one of the most frequent consumer complaints received by the FCC by...
12/15/2010
Bill
Medicare payments for services of physicians and certain non-physician practitioners are made on the basis of a fee schedule.  The law specifies an expenditure target, commonly referred to as the sustainable growth rate (SGR) system, for calculating the annual update to the fee schedule payment rates.  When cumulative physician expenditures exceed the expenditure target, the SGR system...
12/13/2010
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico:
12/13/2010
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to today’s ruling on the constitutionality of a provision of the Affordable Care Act by a federal district judge.
12/10/2010
Press Release
Today, the CEO of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius detailing several key ways that the health reform law has already helped their enrollees.
12/09/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease:  The Ongoing Challenges” on Thursday, December 9, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.