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07/26/2010
Bill
H.R. 3101 updates communications law to ensure that the 54 million Americans with disabilities can access the wide array of 21st century communications services and technologies that are essential for participation in today’s economy and society – and that people with disabilities won’t be left behind by tomorrow’s technological advances. The law requires better access to...
07/26/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, Ranking Member Joe Barton and Subcommittee Ranking Member Cliff Stearns released a letter from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski responding to questions about the existing market for public safety communications equipment and devices.
07/26/2010
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 348 to 23, H.R. 3101, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.  The legislation would update the Communications Act to provide individuals with disabilities an “on ramp” to access the internet and other communications services.
07/23/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Transocean Ltd. seeking information on safety practices on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the condition of the oil rig’s equipment.  The Committee’s request follows questions raised by the Committee’s investigation, recent media accounts, and statements made by Deepwater Horizon oil rig...
07/22/2010
Bill
H.R. 5777 requires a covered entity to make available to individuals information about the covered entity’s privacy practices, including a description of the information collected and the specific purposes for such collection.  The FTC is directed to determine the means and timing of notices, may allow for or require shorter notices, and may issue model notices.  A covered entity...
07/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined H.R. 5777, the BEST PRACTICES Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, and a discussion draft, released by Reps. Boucher and Stearns, to require notice to and consent of an individual prior to the collection and disclosure...
07/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health,” on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the sale of direct-to-consumer personal genetic tests.
07/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined H.R. 5710, the "National All-Schedules Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act of 2010", and H.R. 5809, the "Safe Drug Disposal Act".
07/22/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the following legislation: H.R. 903, the “Dental Emergency Responder Act ”; H.R. 1745, the “Family Health Care Accessibility Act”; H.R. 3199, the “Emergency Medic Transition (EMT) Act”; H.R. 5710, the “National All...
07/22/2010
Press Release
Today, following hearings and an extended stakeholder process in response to the release of a discussion draft in April, U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010, a major piece of legislation aimed at...
07/21/2010
Bill
On July 8, 2009,  Rep. Frank of Massachusetts, Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.R. 3126, a bill to create a single agency dedicated to consumer financial protection.  On October 29, 2009, the Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session and ordered H.R. 3126 favorably reported to the House, amended, by a roll call vote of 33 - 19. On December...
07/21/2010
Bill
H.R. 3655 directs the Fedreal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the provision of all funeral goods or services.  Specifically, all providers of these goods and services are required to provide consumers with accurate, itemized price information for each specific funeral good or service offered for sale.  The bill further prohibits...
07/21/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the following legislation: H.R. 3101, the “Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010”, amended; H.R. 4692, the “National Manufacturing Strategy Act of 2010”; H.R. 5156, the “...
07/20/2010
Bill
The Blowout Prevention Act (H.R. 5626), introduced in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, establishes new federal regulatory requirements to prevent future spills from oil and gas wells.  These new requirements apply to all oil and gas wells on the Outer Continental Shelf and to other high-risk wells that could cause extensive and widespread harm to public health and...
07/20/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a joint hearing entitled “The Role of the Interior Department in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster,” on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the Interior Department’s actions before and since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on...
07/19/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey today sent letters to ten oil and gas producers seeking information on the companies’ hydraulic fracturing practices.
07/17/2010
Bill
H. Res 1466 would request the President and direct the Secretary of Energy to produce, not later than 14 days after adoption of the resolution, all documents in possession of the Secretary of Energy or Director of the Office of Management and Budget related to (1) the Department of Energy’s (DOE) motion to withdraw its licensing application for the Yucca Mountain repository, (2) the...
07/16/2010
Press Release
By a vote of 48-0-1 Present, the Committee on Energy & Commerce reported H.R. 5626, the Blowout Prevention Act of 2010, to the House of Representatives.  The legislation, sponsored by Chairmen Henry A. Waxman, Ed Markey, and Bart Stupak, would protect public health and safety and the environment by requiring the use of safe well control technologies and practices for the drilling of high...
07/16/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a letter to Philip Morris International requesting information on its labor practices in Kazakhstan and other Philip Morris International markets.  
07/15/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 5626, the “Blowout Prevention Act of 2010”; H.R. 2480, the “Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010”, amended; H.R. 4501, the “Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act of 2010”, amended; H.R. 1796, the “...
07/15/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Ed Markey sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar requesting information on abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
07/14/2010
Bill
On July 14, 2010, the House passed H.R. 5712, the Veterans’, Seniors’, and Children’s Health Technical Corrections Act, by voice vote.  The legislation contains a set of technical changes to strengthen the health care programs that cover our nation’s veterans, senior citizens, and children. The bill includes provisions to: Clarify the special enrollment period for...
07/14/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 4692, the National Manufacturing Strategy Act of 2010, on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  Representative Lipinski introduced the bill on February 25, 2010.
07/14/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Antibiotic Resistance and the Use of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture” on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals and its impact on human health.
07/14/2010
Press Release
Today the House passed H.R. 5712, the Veterans’, Seniors’, and Children’s Health Technical Corrections Act, by voice vote.   The legislation contains a set of technical changes to strengthen the health care programs that cover our nation’s veterans, senior citizens, and children.
07/08/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a field hearing entitled “Comcast and NBC Universal: Who Benefits?” on Thursday, July 8, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois.
07/08/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, Ranking Member Joe Barton and Subcommittee Ranking Member Cliff Stearns released information about the top recipients of high-cost subsidy dollars from the federal Universal Service Fund.  The information released by the Committee was provided by the Federal Communications Commission in response to a June 15, 2010, letter...
07/07/2010
Bill
On March 10, 2010, H.R. 4805 was introduced by Rep. Matsui of California.  H.R. 4805 establishes national technology-based limits (i.e., limits based on the technological feasibility of the standards) on formaldehyde emissions from most composite wood products.  It does so by requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue regulations to apply formaldehyde emissions...
07/07/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush sent letters to GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson and FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate requesting documents related to the use of formaldehyde contaminated trailers as temporary housing for responders to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
07/06/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of State Keystone XL Project Manager Elizabeth Orlando last week regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport heavy crude oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast.
07/02/2010
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, and Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter today to administration officials regarding property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs.  The Chairmen are urging cooperation in establishing guidelines that will allow these programs to continue while protecting taxpayers and...
07/01/2010
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...
07/01/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “The Battle Against Diabetes:  Progress Made, Challenges Unmet.”  The hearing will examine advances in research into type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, as well as other related public health efforts.  It explored our current understanding of the causes and consequences of diabetes, as well as evidence-based...
07/01/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, and Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. sent a letter to the Exxon Mobil Corporation requesting documents related to health effects experienced by workers involved in the response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  This inquiry is part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the Deepwater Horizon incident and...
06/30/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment will meet in open markup session on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 5626, the “Blowout Prevention Act of 2010”.
06/30/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing on legislation to respond to the BP oil spill and prevent future oil well blowouts on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing focused on the discussion draft entitled the “Blowout Prevention Act of 2010,” which was released on Friday, June 26, 2010.
06/30/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet met in open markup session on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 3101, the “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009”.
06/30/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection met in open markup session on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the following bills: H.R. 4501, the “Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act of 2009”; H.R. 2480, the “Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009”; H.R. 5156, the “Clean Energy Technology...
06/30/2010
Press Release
On June 29, 2010, Chairman Henry A. Waxman introduced H.R. 5626, the Blowout Prevention Act of 2010.  This legislation, cosponsored by Subcommittee Chairmen Ed Markey and Bart Stupak, establishes a number of standards and procedures to ensure the use of appropriate safety equipment and practices during drilling activities at high-risk oil and gas wells.
06/30/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Rick Boucher and Ranking Members Joe Barton and Cliff Stearns sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski related to the construction and maintenance of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
06/29/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a letter to James Lentz, President and COO of Toyota, USA, requesting a briefing on the availability of brake override features on older model Toyotas and documents related to Exponent, Inc’s investigation into the possible causes of sudden unintended acceleration.
06/28/2010
Press Release
Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) sent letters to the CEOs of the ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and Chevron oil companies, requesting more information on the companies’ oil spill response plans.
06/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 3993 requires calling card providers and distributors to clearly and conspicuously disclose all relevant and applicable information to consumers.  These disclosures must include contact information for the provider, the number of minutes available, or the dollar value of the card.  Entities also are required to disclose any applicable fees, additional charges, limitations, changes...
06/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “MedPAC’s June 2010 Report to Congress:  Aligning Incentives in Medicare” on June 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. The hearing examined the findings and recommendations contained in the report submitted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to Congress on June 15, 2010.
06/23/2010
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 381 to 41, H.R. 3993, the Calling Card Consumer Protection Act.
06/23/2010
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed by a voice vote, S. 1660, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 4805, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.  The Committee on Energy and Commerce favorably reported the House bill on May 26, 2010.
06/22/2010
Bill
H.R. 4805 establishes national technology-based limits (i.e., limits based on the technological feasibility of the standards) on formaldehyde emissions from most composite wood products.  It does so by requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue regulations to apply formaldehyde emissions standards that are equivalent to the California standards for hardwood plywood, medium-...
06/22/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the first anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act:
06/22/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell, and Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., applauded the unveiling of regulations implementing a new set of Patient’s Bill of Rights protections included in the Affordable Care Act.