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01/04/2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...