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06/10/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “The BP Oil Spill:  Human Exposure and Environmental Fate” on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined some of the potential impacts to humans and the environment that are associated with the spill.
06/10/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing entitled H.R. 3101, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 on Thursday, June 10, 2010.  The legislation would update the communications laws to help ensure that individuals with vision, hearing, and other disabilities are able to utilize fully broadband services and equipment...
06/09/2010
Bill
This legislation amends the Federal Power Act to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to issue emergency orders to protect the electricity grid from a cyber attack, electromagnetic weapon attack, a geomagnetic storm, or a direct physical attack on the bulk-power system or defense critical electric infrastructure. On April 29, 2009, H.R. 2165, the Bulk Power System Protection...
06/09/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “Promoting the Development of Antibiotics and Ensuring Judicious Use in Humans” on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined how we can best safeguard the effectiveness of antibiotics once they are on the market.  It also explored various ways to ensure adequate development of new...
06/09/2010
Press Release
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a briefing entitled “Beneath the Surface of the BP Spill:  What’s Happening Now, What’s Needed Next” on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
06/09/2010
Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Represenatives passed H.R. 5026, the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act.  The legislation, sponsored by Chairman Ed Markey, would amend the Federal Power Act to give FERC new authorities to protect the electric grid against cyber and other threats and vulnerabilities.
06/09/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent letters today to McDonald's Corporation and Arc International requesting additional information regarding the recent recall of approximately 12 million drinking glasses bearing designs of the animated character "Shrek" because the painted designs contain cadmium.  The glasses are being sold at McDonald's restaurants across the...
06/08/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) to ask it to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the causes of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.  CSB has investigated other BP incidents in the past, and their knowledge may help to provide a broader understanding of BP’s safety culture and...
06/07/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a field hearing entitled “Local Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” on Monday, June 7, 2010, in Chalmette, Louisiana. The hearing examined the impact of the oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig site on the Gulf region.  
06/07/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Ed Markey sent a letter today to Mark Crisson, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association, urging the organization to disclose to its members the serious adverse effects that S.J. Res. 26, the Murkowski resolution, would have on public health and the nation's energy security.
06/04/2010
Press Release
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Senate Finance Health Subcommittee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chairman...
06/04/2010
Press Release
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today asked Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to provide Minerals Management Service inspection reports, investigation reports and documents related to the agency’s inspections of the Deepwater Horizon.
05/30/2010
Press Release
Today, the Committee on Energy & Commerce released a memo and documents concerning issues raised in recent news media accounts related to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.
05/28/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to four organizations requesting documents related to BP’s and Transocean’s response plans.
05/27/2010
Bill
The Committee on Energy and Commerce considered H.R. 2994, the Satellite Home Viewer Reauthorization Act of 2009, holding hearings as well as a subcommittee and full committee markup.  S. 3333, the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, is the Senate companion bill for H.R. 2994.  These bills reauthorize and amend provisions of communications and copyright law that...
05/27/2010
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled “Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy,” on Thursday, May 27, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined recently reported advances in synthetic biology and their potential impact.
05/27/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “Combating the BP Oil Spill” on Thursday, May 27, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examineed the ongoing response to the oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig site, which has spread across the Gulf of Mexico.
05/27/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Lamar McKay, Chairman and President, BP America, seeking clarification regarding information provided to the Committee in its ongoing investigation into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Spill.  Specifically, documents provided to the Committee by BP do not mention any inquiry into the...
05/26/2010
Bill
H.R. 5381 improves auto safety and strengthens the vehicle safety programs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The bill has four key objectives:  (1) improve electronics expertise at NHTSA and develop new vehicle safety standards; (2) increase transparency and accountability in auto safety; (3) provide additional resources to NHTSA; and (4) improve the...
05/26/2010
Markup
The Committee met in open markup session on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 4805, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act; H.R. 5381, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010; H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010; and H.R. 4451, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act.
05/26/2010
Press Release
Today, Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey, Ranking Member Joe Barton, and Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Eric Schmidt, Chairman & CEO of Google, regarding recent reports of data collection over private Wi-Fi networks in conjunction with Google's Street View product.  The Committee is concerned about the accuracy and completeness of Google's public explanations and request...
05/26/2010
Press Release
Today the Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 (H.R. 5320, the “AQUA Act”).  The legislation would reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The drinking water SRF provides an important source of funding for public water systems, which are...
05/26/2010
Press Release
Today the Committee on Energy and Commerce approved H.R. 5381, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010.  The legislation will strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and improve vehicle safety.
05/25/2010
Markup
The Committee met on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, to consider H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
05/25/2010
Press Release
Today Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a memo to Committee members summarizing the information presented by BP to Committee staff on the progress of its internal investigation of the causes of the blowout and oil spill.
05/24/2010
Press Release
Today Senator John D. Rockefeller, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Senator John F. Kerry, the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Rep. Rick Boucher, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology...
05/20/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Update on Toyota and NHTSA’s Response to the Problem of Sudden Unintended Acceleration” on Thursday, May 20, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.   This is the second hearing on the response of the Toyota Motor Corporation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to...
05/20/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection met in open markup session on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider a Committee print on H.R. ____, the “Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010”.
05/19/2010
Bill
H.R. 5220, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act, would reauthorize the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004, the expansion of Best Buddies, and the establishment of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institutes for Sport and Social Impact.  On May 19, 2010, H.R. 5220, as amended, passed the House, under suspension of the rules by a voice vote.  No further action was taken on H.R. 5220...
05/19/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment met in open markup session on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 5320, the “Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010” (“AQUA”), legislation to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund.
05/19/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member Joe Barton, Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael C. Burgess sent letters to 23andMe, Inc., Navigenics, and Pathway Genomics Corporation in light of recent reports that at least one of the companies is seeking to sell personal genetic testing kits in retail locations, despite concern from the scientific community...
05/19/2010
Press Release
Today the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment approved by a vote of 18 to 13 H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 (the “AQUA Act”).  This legislation, introduced by Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey, will reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe...
05/18/2010
Press Release
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a briefing entitled, “Sizing up the BP Oil Spill: Science and Engineering Measuring Methods,” on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
05/13/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held the fourth in a series of hearings addressing issues raised in the National Broadband Plan on Thursday, May 13, 2010. The hearing, entitled "The National Broadband Plan:  Promoting Broadband Adoption," examined recommendations in the National Broadband Plan for increasing broadband adoption, including ways to...
05/13/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a legislative hearing on H.R. ____, the "Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010" ("AQUA") on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation would reauthorize the drinking water state revolving fund and amend the Safe Drinking Water Act.
05/13/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 4501, the Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act, and H.R. 2480, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
05/13/2010
Press Release
Whether you're a recent college grad, a small business owner, or a senior citizen, the Affordable Care Act improves your care and lowers your costs.  The Energy & Commerce Committee has released two health care web tools to help Americans better understand the benefits that the new health care reform law can provide to them.
05/12/2010
Bill
On May 12, 2010, Rep. Eshoo of California introduced H.R. 5289, the Get the Lead Out Act, to reduce the lead content of faucets and plumbing fixtures.  On May 13, 2010, the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a legislative hearing on proposed legislative language to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act state revolving fund, including the provisions of H.R. 5289.  On May 18,...
05/12/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "Inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill" on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined what caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the oil spill now spreading across the Gulf, in order to help prevent future incidents and...
05/12/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Prematurity and Infant Mortality:  What Happens When Babies are Born Too Early?" on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.  The hearing examined the causes and consequences of preterm births and infant mortality.
05/12/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the introduction of the American Power Act by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman.
05/10/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Edward J. Markey, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, released legislation that will reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  The "Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010" will...
05/07/2010
Press Release
Today, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey will lead a bi-partisan delegation of Committee members to the Gulf of Mexico to investigate the massive oil spill threatening the Gulf coast region.
05/06/2010
Bill
H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, was intended to improve the energy efficiency of American homes, to increase employment in the home construction and renovation industries, to promote domestic manufacture of energy efficient products and materials, to foster private enterprise in energy efficiency retrofit services and quality assurance, and to assist homeowners requiring assistance...
05/06/2010
Bill
H.R. 4700, the Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010, requires any and all individuals or business entities, including physicians, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufactures, and insurance entities, that offer or furnish health care related items, products, services, or procedures for sale to the public to publicly disclose, on a continuous basis, all prices for such items, products,...
05/06/2010
Bill
H.R. 4803, the Patients’ Right to Know Act, requires each entity offering a health benefits plan to make available to enrollees and potential enrollees specified information about the plan, including covered items and services, a list of limitations and restrictions, details about the claims appeal process and out-of-pocket cost-sharing, among other things.  The bill also amends title...
05/06/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4700, the "Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010"; H.R. 2249, the "Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2009"; and H.R. 4803, the "Patients' Right to Know Act" on Thursday, May 6, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
05/06/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on a discussion draft of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act on Thursday, May 6, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 would strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and improve vehicle safety.
05/06/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "The Role and Performance of FDA in Ensuring Food Safety" on Thursday, May 6, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined two reports relating to the Food and Drug Administration's management of international food imports and inspections of domestic food facilities.