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03/02/2011
Bill
This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue a report to Congress on neglected parasitic diseases believed to be associated with poverty.  Specifically, the report must include information on the epidemiology of, impact of, and appropriate funding required to address diseases such as Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis...
03/02/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, “Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: A Continuing Threat to Medicare and Medicaid” on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. 
03/01/2011
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing about the Affordable Care Act at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  
03/01/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing about "The EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations and Their Effect on American Jobs" at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  
03/01/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, sent the following letter to Chairman Fred Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden requesting regular order in the subcommittee’s consideration of H.J. Res. 37, a resolution disapproving the Federal Communication...
03/01/2011
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Democratic Members of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, sent the following letter to Chairman Ed Whitfield requesting at least one additional day of hearings on the subject of EPA's greenhouse gas regulations in order to hear from scientific experts.  The full text of the letter is below.
03/01/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a staff analysis highlighting major flaws in a report released by Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch on the impact of the Medicaid expansions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   
02/24/2011
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 Chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield requesting a committee hearing to discuss the two major studies linking severe weather events to man-made global warming.  In the letter, Reps. Waxman and Rush state, “It is...
02/23/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announcement of new Clean Air Act standards for industrial boilers and incinerators.  The new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set limits on the emissions of toxic pollutants like soot and mercury in order to protect public health, and...
02/18/2011
Press Release
Last night on the floor of the House of Representatives, Democrats fought to preserve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) framework which protects a free, open, and accessible Internet.  Republicans called a vote on legislation which will unravel this framework by prohibiting funds from being used to implement the FCC’s rules.
02/17/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing titled, “A Review of CPSIA and CPSC Resources” on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. 
02/17/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, “Impact of Medical Device Regulation on Jobs and Patients” on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. 
02/17/2011
Press Release
Yesterday at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing, Democrats fought for a free, open, and accessible Internet to spur competition, innovation, and job creation.  Meanwhile, Republicans introduced a joint resolution to eliminate the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rules, forbidding them to implement any further rules to protect...
02/17/2011
Press Release
Yesterday, Democratic members on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations countered unsubstantiated allegations made by Republicans concerning the Affordable Care Act.
02/16/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, “Health Care Issues Involving the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight” on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. 
02/16/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing titled, “Network Neutrality and Internet Regulation: Warranted or More Economic Harm than Good?” on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. 
02/16/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released letters from a diverse group of organizations voicing their opposition to Republican plans to reverse the FCC’s new net neutrality regulations using a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.  
02/16/2011
Press Release
As the Energy and Commerce Committee begins consideration of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Congressmen Henry A. Waxman and G. K. Butterfield circulated to committee members the results of a new national telephone poll conducted by Consumers Union.  
02/15/2011
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing titled “Environmental Regulations, the Economy, and Jobs” at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
02/15/2011
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. 
02/15/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman Rep. Bobby Rush sent a letter to their colleagues detailing the effects of section 1746 of the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1).  
02/15/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Gene Green, and Rep. John A. Yarmuth sent a letter to their colleagues detailing the effects of section 1746 of the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) which would impose a de facto construction ban on many areas of the country. The construction ban would apply to all or parts of the following states and territories: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Idaho,...
02/14/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Environment and Economy Subcommittee, sent the following letter to Chairman Fred Upton and Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus urging them to add the witnesses requested by the minority so that the subcommittee’s hearing on environmental regulations, the economy, and...
02/11/2011
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health held an open markup session on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 358.
02/11/2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, sent the following letter to Chairman Upton urging that H.R. 358 not be considered unless it is re-introduced with a proper citation of constitutional authority.
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."