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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...
07/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 5156 was developed after a series of meetings among staff, scholars, and stakeholders, as well as a hearing on relevant issues. H.R. 5156 establishes a fund administered by the International Trade Administration (ITA) to assist United States businesses with manufacturing and exporting clean energy technology products and services.  The purpose of the bill is to ensure that clean energy...
07/28/2010
Bill
H.R. 1796 requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to publish the existing voluntary industry standard for carbon monoxide alarms as a mandatory consumer product safety standard.  The bill would make it unlawful for manufacturers or distributors to import or distribute any new residential carbon monoxide alarm that does not comply with the standard.  The bill also requires...
07/28/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 to consider the following legislation as approved by the Subcommittee on Health on July 22, 2010: H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2010; H.R. 1745, the Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2010; H.R. 2923, the Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act (as introduced); H.R. 3199, the...
07/28/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives will consider important consumer protection legislation recently reported favorably out of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
07/27/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled “The BP Oil Spill and Gulf Coast Tourism:  Assessing the Impact,” on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing explored both the damages suffered by the tourism industry in the Gulf region and the process by which the independent Gulf Coast Claims Facility...
07/27/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building entitled “Implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act."
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...