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12/09/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Edward J. Markey, and Rep. Bart Stupak released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifying serious weaknesses in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) plans for recovering and reconstituting the classified supercomputing system in the event of a disaster or other service disruptions.   
12/08/2010
Bill
H.R. 4501 requires online purchasers of precious metals to wait until receiving an affirmative acceptance of the amount offered before melting down a consumer’s jewelry.  Online purchasers of precious metals are required to promptly return jewelry to a consumer if the consumer declines the amount offered.  In addition, the bill sets a standard for the amount of insurance provided...
12/07/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding the proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal expressing his view that the FCC should impose conditions on the transaction in four key areas to protect consumers and promote competition in the marketplace.  The full text of the letter follows:
12/02/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled “Do-Not-Track Legislation:  Is Now the Right Time?” on Thursday, December 2, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined the feasibility of establishing a mechanism that provides Internet users a simple and universal method to opt-out from having their online activity...
12/02/2010
Press Release
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) today released results from its annual survey in September 2010 of access to physician services.
12/01/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding draft net neutrality legislation.
11/22/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman today lauded the release of new rules that require health insurers to spend a substantial portion of premium dollars for health care services and assuring quality care.
11/17/2010
Press Release
In light of another report highlighting the systemic failures that led to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) are inviting new BP CEO Bob Dudley to testify before the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Rep. Waxman chairs the full committee, and Rep. Markey chairs the subcommittee.
11/10/2010
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to guidance released by the Environmental Protection Agency to help states and local authorities implement permitting programs for greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
11/09/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman delivered a keynote address today at the GTC BIO Conference entitled "Healthcare Reform: Dealing with the Hurdles and Building up Successes."
10/29/2010
Press Release
On June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  The legislation would create millions of new clean energy jobs, enhance America’s energy independence, and protect the environment.  And it would reduce the deficit by billions of dollars over the next decade.
10/25/2010
Press Release
The Committee has prepared, for each member, a district-level analysis of how many seniors have received Medicare Part D “donut hole” rebate checks as a result of the new health reform law.
10/19/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman delivered remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's summit “The U.S. and Israel:  Building Business Through Innovation.”  At the conclusion of his remarks marking the 25th anniversary of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement, the Chairman addressed the Chamber’s opposition to job-creating energy and climate legislation, and the lack of...
10/13/2010
Press Release
On October 8, 2010, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which updates the communications laws to enable individuals with vision, hearing, and other disabilities to fully utilize Internet-based communications services and equipment and to better access video programming.
10/12/2010
Bill
The Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act of 2010 amends the Controlled Substances Act to increase the compliance of retailers and distributors of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products (which are precursor chemicals for the production of methamphetamine) with the 2006 Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act.  The law clarifies that all persons engaged in retail sales of pseudoephedrine or...
10/12/2010
Bill
The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow the delivery of lawfully-possessed unused pharmaceutical controlled substances to appropriate entities for disposal in a safe and effective manner consistent with effective controls against diversion.  Specifically, it allows unregistered ultimate users of lawfully-possessed controlled...
10/12/2010
Press Release
Today Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent two memoranda to Committee members containing updates of key findings in the Committee’s investigation of individual health insurance company policies concerning maternity coverage and coverage denials and exclusions for pre-existing conditions. 
10/12/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Rick Boucher released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), examining the deployment and adoption of broadband in developed nations.
10/08/2010
Bill
S. 3751 is the companion bill for H.R. 6081, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010.  This bill reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, which includes the National Registry for adult donors of bone marrow, peripheral blood adult stem cells, and umbilical cord blood units, the Office of Patient Advocacy, and the stem cell therapeutic outcomes...
10/08/2010
Bill
S. 3304 is the Senate-companion bill to H.R. 3101.  These bills update 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...
10/04/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Acting OMB Director Jeffrey Zients regarding the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program.
10/01/2010
Press Release
Three California members of Congress, chairs responsible for health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives, applauded California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature of legislation yesterday to create a new health insurance marketplace. California is the first state to begin implementation of a key element of historic health reform enacted in March.
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 758, the Pediatric Research Consortia Establishment Act, would amend title IV of the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of pediatric research consortia. The bill would require the Director of NIH, acting through the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, to award grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements for planning, establishing...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 1032, Heart Disease Education, Analysis Research, and Treatment for Women Act, is designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women.  The legislation would codify FDA regulations that require the inclusion of women in clinical trials submitted to FDA to support an application for a drug device, or biologics...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 1210, the Arthritis Prevention, Control, and Cure Act of 2010, would provide resources to help address the health needs of hundreds of thousands of Americans who suffer from arthritis.  The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and implement a National Arthritis Action Program to support prevention, surveillance, research, education, and outreach...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 1230, the Acquired Bone Marrow Failure Disease Research and Treatment Act of 2010, addresses the need to improve research and treatment for individuals diagnosed with bone marrow disease.  The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to develop a system to collect data on acquired bone...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 2408, the Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act of 2010, would direct the Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD) to expand, intensify, and coordinate activities relating to scleroderma, a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs.  On September 15, 2010, the...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 2818, the Methamphetamine Education, Treatment, and Hope Act of 2010, expands and strengthens the activities of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address the prevention and treatment of addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs.  On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2818.  On September 16,...
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 2999, the Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act of 2010, would authorize a competitive grant program for schools of veterinary medicine.  Schools can use these grants for faculty recruitment, physical capacity expansion, or the development of curricula to retrain midcareer professionals.  On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2999....
09/30/2010
Bill
H.R. 5354, the Gestational Diabetes Act of 2009, would amend the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to convene a Research Advisory Committee on gestational diabetes. The bill would require the Director, in consultation with such Committee, to develop a multisite, gestational...
09/30/2010
Hearing
The hearing of the Subcommittee on Health originally scheduled for Thursday, September 30, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building on the recently released discussion draft of drug safety legislation by Representatives Waxman, Dingell, Pallone, and Stupak will be postponed until a later date.
09/30/2010
Press Release
Today Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Anna G. Eshoo, Lois Capps, Jane Harman, and Doris O. Matsui sent letters to Anthem Blue Cross of California and Aetna Health of California regarding recent reports that the companies will stop offering new child-only health insurance policies in California.
09/29/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 847, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, by a vote of 268-160.  The legislation would establish first responder and community treatment and monitoring programs to help people affected by exposure to toxic air and other debris after the attack on 9/11.
09/29/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Frank Pallone sent letters to nine insurance companies regarding reports of substantial premium increases for long term care insurance plans in New Jersey.
09/29/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on net neutrality legislation:
09/28/2010
Bill
Federal law deters states receiving federal emergency responder training grants from incorporating dental professionals and schools into their all-hazards emergency response plans.  H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2010, would provide states the option to incorporate dentists and dental facilities into such plans.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health met in open...
09/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 1362, the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act of 2010, would require the Secretary of HHS to develop surveillance systems, in the form of registries, for both Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.  It would also require the Secretary to establish an advisory committee on Neurological Disease Registries to review and make recommendations on the surveillance...
09/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 1995, the Diabetes in Minority Populations Education Act of 2010, would require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand and intensify ongoing research and other activities with respect to pre-diabetes and diabetes in minority populations and to support programs to treat diabetes in these populations. On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a...
09/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 5986, the Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2010, would require the Secretary of HHS to report to Congress on the epidemiology and impact of neglected infectious diseases of poverty in the United States.  Such diseases include Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, trichomoniasis, the soil-transmitted helminths, and other related diseases. ...
09/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 6012 would require the Secretary of HHS to review the utilization of diabetes screening benefits and identify existing efforts by HHS agencies, and private and non-profit sectors, to increase awareness of diabetes screening benefits.   On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 6012.  On September 16, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health...
09/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 6081, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program, which includes the National Registry for adult donors of bone marrow, peripheral blood adult stem cells, and umbilical cord blood units, the Office of Patient Advocacy, and the stem cell therapeutic outcomes database. On September 15, 2010, the Subcommittee...
09/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 1745, the Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2010, would amend the Public Health Service Act to deem volunteer practitioners at health centers as employees of the Public Health Service for purposes of any civil action that may arise due to providing services to patients at such health centers.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session, and H.R. 1745...
09/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 3199, Emergency Medic Transition Act of 2010, would amend the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a program of awarding grants to states to assist veterans who received and completed military emergency medical training while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to become, upon their discharge or release from active duty service, state-...
09/23/2010
Bill
The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER), enacted in 2005, created a grant program for states to establish prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).  PDMPs track drug prescriptions with the goal of preventing overuse and illegal diversion.  H.R. 5710, the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act of 2010, would...
09/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 5756, Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide Act of 2010, would amend title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to require the Secretary of HHS to award grants to provide individuals (including parents and health, allied health, vocational, and educational professionals) with interdisciplinary training, continuing education,...
09/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 6149 requires those who sell bullion or certain coins as investments to disclose prior to sale all fees associated with purchasing the items, the items’ purchase price, the value of the metal in them, and the value for which they could be sold to other dealers.  On September 23, 2010, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 6149. ...
09/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on H.R. 6149, the “Precious Coins and Bullion Disclosure Act” on Thursday, September 23, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation addressed the sale to consumers of gold and other precious metals for investment purposes.