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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
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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
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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
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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.
09/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “Pipeline Safety Oversight and Legislation” on Thursday, September 23, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing addressed recent pipeline safety incidents and proposals for reauthorization or reform of the pipeline safety statute.
09/23/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider legislation as approved by the Subcommittee on Health on September 16, 2010, and a resolution of inquiry.
09/23/2010
Press Release
The House of Representatives approved public health legislation forwarded by the Committee on Energy & Commerce on September 22, 2010.
09/22/2010
Bill
H.R. 3470, the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies Through Outreach and Research Now Act,  would require the Secretary of HHS to award five-year grants to eligible entities to create, implement, and oversee infant mortality pilot programs.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session on H.R. 3470 and favorably forwarded the bill to the full Committee...
09/22/2010
Bill
On July 21, 2010, H.R. 5809, the Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was introduced in the House by Rep. Inslee of Washington.  On July 22, 2010, the Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5809.  That same day, the Subcommittee on Health met in an open markup session on H.R. 5809 and forwarded the bill favorably to the full Committee, amended, by a voice vote.  On...
09/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “The Outbreak of Salmonella in Eggs” on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the recent Salmonella outbreak associated with eggs produced by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
09/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Cutting Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid” on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined how the Department of Health and Human Services is using available statutory tools to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
09/21/2010
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell, and Subcommittee on Health Chairman Frank Pallone today commented on the news that the average premiums paid by individuals for private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, would decline next year, even as insurers provide additional benefits required by the new health care law.  The Centers for Medicare...
09/20/2010
Bill
On September 20, 2010, Rep. John D. Dingell, Chairman Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released a discussion draft of legislation to equip the Food and Drug...
09/20/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. John D. Dingell, Chairman Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Bart Stupak, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released a discussion draft of legislation to equip the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the...
09/17/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher sent a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration receives full funding to oversee and manage the grants it has awarded across the nation under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
09/16/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5828, the “Universal Service Reform Act of 2010” on Thursday, September 16, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/16/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health met in open markup session on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/15/2010
Bill
H.R. 211, Calling for 2-1-1 Act of 2009, requires the Secretary of HHS to award a grant to each state (based on a formula to be developed by the Secretary) to make the 2-1-1 health and human services referral service available throughout the state.  The 2-1-1 service is to be operated through a lead entity that either has previously had responsibility to carry out this service or meets...
09/15/2010
Bill
H.R. 6110, the Telehealth Improvement and Expansion Act of 2010, amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize three telehealth programs administered by HRSA, including the telehealth network program, the telehealth resource center program, and incentive grants to coordinate telemedicine activities among the states.  The bill revises the requirements for funding priorities within both...
09/15/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment:  Implications for Quality, Cost and Access” on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the conception and implementation of the competitive bidding program, the implementation of the Round 1 re-bid...
09/15/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
09/14/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today sent a letter to Austin DeCoster, the owner of Wright County Egg, regarding records obtained by the Committee indicating that the company tested positive for Salmonella contamination in its Iowa facilities prior to the recent widespread outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses.
09/14/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter today to Cynthia Quarterman, Administrator of the Deptartment of Transporation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Deborah A.P. Hersman, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, requesting a briefing into the recent explosion of a gas pipeline on September 9 in San Bruno,...
09/08/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a field hearing entitled “Protecting School-age Athletes from Sports-related Concussion Injury” on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, in Newark, New Jersey. The legislative hearing included testimony on H.R. 1347, the “Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act of 2009”, which was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) on March 3, 2009.  
09/08/2010
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to the release of BP’s internal investigative report on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon incident:
09/02/2010
Press Release
Representatives Henry A. Waxman, Bart Stupak, and Edward J. Markey today sent a letter to Mariner Energy, Inc. regarding an explosion on its oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Committee is requesting a briefing on the incident and its possible causes.
09/01/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today released information from BP regarding its spending on corporate advertising and marketing following the April 20, 2010, explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
08/26/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Edward J. Markey, Rep. Rick Boucher, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman released a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examines changes in the wireless industry over the past decade, consumer and stakeholder perspectives of regulatory policies and industry practices, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) strategies to monitor industry competition.  GAO...
08/26/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today announced that the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on September 14, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. on the safety of the nation’s food supply in light of the recent outbreak of salmonella associated with eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
08/25/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent letters to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting documents related to the recent outbreak of salmonella associated with eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
08/23/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today sent letters to Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa regarding recent voluntary recalls of eggs produced by their farms due to potential salmonella contamination.
08/19/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “The BP Oil Spill: Accounting for the Spilled Oil and Ensuring the Safety of Seafood from the Gulf” on Thursday, August 19, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
08/16/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Lamar McKay, Chairman and President of BP America, Inc., to follow up on a request by Committee Member, Representative Kathy Castor, for information on BP’s spending on corporate advertising and marketing relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and relief, recovery, and restoration efforts in the Gulf of...
08/05/2010
Press Release
On Thursday, the Trustees of the Medicare program released the annual report on Medicare’s financing. This is the first report to include effects of the Affordable Care Act signed into law in the spring of this year.
08/05/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Tom Harkin, Chairman Emeritus John Dingell, Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone, and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding funding levels for the Food and Drug Administration in the FY 2012 budget request.
08/02/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a letter to Kellogg Company President and CEO A.D. David MacKay requesting information regarding the July 25, 2010 recall of 28 million boxes of Kellogg's cereal products.
07/30/2010
Bill
The Committee on Energy and Commerce conducted an extensive investigation and held numeorus hearings into the chain of events that caused the blowout of BP’s well in April 2010 and its impacts on the Gulf Coast.  The investigation revealed that BP and its partners made a series of risky decisions that undermined well safety and led to the catastrophic loss of well control.  As a...
07/30/2010
Bill
On May 18, 2010, Chairmen Waxman and Markey introduced H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability (AQUA) Act.  The legislation amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance to states, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement authority; encourage good financial and environmental management of water...
07/30/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed by a voice vote H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 (the “AQUA Act”).  This legislation would reauthorize and increase funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  This fund provides an important source of money for public water systems, which are...
07/29/2010
Bill
On April 15, 2010, Chairman Bobby L. Rush and Chairman Henry A. Waxman released a discussion draft of legislation to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  On July 22, 2010, they introduced H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010.  H.R. 5820 would establish a risk-based framework to ensure that all chemical substances to which the American people are exposed will be...
07/29/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 5820, the “Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010,” on Thursday, July 29, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to ensure that the public and the environment are protected from risks resulting from chemical exposure.
07/29/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey, and Ranking Members Joe Barton and Fred Upton sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the agency’s consideration of a petition to allow the sale of gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol (E15).
07/29/2010
Press Release
Following recent reports indicating that BP has hired academic experts to study the oil spill and imposed confidentiality agreements on the independent scientists, Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) requested full disclosure of the contracts today from BP.
07/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 4692 directs the President, every four years, to submit to Congress, and publish on a public website, a National Manufacturing Strategy, with the first edition due one year after enactment.  To facilitate this task, the bill directs the President to establish “the President's Manufacturing Strategy Board” within the Department of Commerce, with members drawn from both...