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Format: 2014-07-30
Format: 2014-07-30
01/07/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus urging him to postpone floor consideration of H.R. 2279, which would dramatically weaken the Superfund law by wasting limited resources and letting polluters escape responsibility for the pollution they caused.  If enacted, the number of dangerous...
01/06/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori regarding the onerous conditions the Tribune Company is placing on the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers as part of its corporate restructuring.   In the letter, Rep. Waxman writes, “The newspaper unit could potentially be forced to borrow several hundred million dollars to...
12/31/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a new report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The new report finds that contrary to claims by Republican critics, five million Americans will not lose coverage in 2014 due to the ACA.  Even if one assumes the reported number of initial cancellations is accurate, the number of individuals who are unable to renew pre-ACA coverage, enroll in...
12/20/2013
Bill
H.R. 3588 clarifies the “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011” to exclude fire hydrants and requires EPA to seek recommendations from the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee on actions to reduce lead contamination in drinking water distribution systems. In response to concerns raised about this issue, on December 17, 2013, EPA stated that it will revise its guidance...
12/20/2013
Press Release
As the Obama Administration continues its process of determining whether to approve the development of the Keystone XL pipeline, a group of 21 U.S. Senators and Representatives are raising concerns about reports that U.S. trade negotiators are advocating for weaker international regulations on the tar sands crude oil that the pipeline would transport.  In a letter led by Rep. Henry A. Waxman...
12/20/2013
Press Release
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, released a report summarizing the anti-environment voting record of the U.S. House of Representatives in first session of the 113th Congress.  The report found that the Republican-led House voted for the anti-environment position 109 times in 2013, including 51 votes to benefit the oil and gas industry at...
12/19/2013
Press Release
Following recent reports that John Podesta may be primed to push for “aggressive executive action on climate change” in his new role as White House counselor, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change today released a white paper recommending concrete steps the Department of the Interior (DOI) should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan. 
12/19/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori expressing concerns about the Tribune Company’s future plans for the Los Angeles Times.  The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country, serving as the primary source of news for millions of people in Southern California. 
12/18/2013
Press Release
Today Reps. Peter DeFazio and Henry A. Waxman, ranking members on the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Energy and Commerce, respectively, requested a joint hearing on the issue of seismic activity induced by the underground injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing activities. In a letter to Chairmen Doc Hastings and Fred Upton, the members cite the increased...
12/18/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein to request that the agency investigate reports of high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around Santa Monica Airport (SMO).  A study released last week from scientists at UCLA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) suggested that ultrafine particle levels...