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06/18/2010
Press Release
The bipartisan leaders of the committees of jurisdiction over communications matters today announced that they will hold a series of staff-led stakeholder sessions regarding communications policy.
06/17/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “The Role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill” on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined what caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the oil spill that continues to spread across the Gulf of Mexico. Before the hearing,...
06/17/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing on Thursday, June 17, 2010 in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined a discussion draft of legislation that would provide funding for constructing and maintaining a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, and for other purposes, and H.R. 4829, the...
06/17/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the Notice of Inquiry adopted by the Federal Communications Commission:
06/16/2010
Bill
H.R. 4451 authorizes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reinstate the terminated licenses for the Upper and Lower Collinsville Dams hydroelectric projects and to extend for two years the date by which the licensee is required to commence construction. On March 24, 2010, the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment met in open markup session and forwarded H.R. 4451 to the full...
06/16/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “HHS Actions to Identify and Address Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill” on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.   The hearing examined how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responding to the public health risks associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
06/16/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on H.R. 4678, the “Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act” and H.R. 5156, the “Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act” on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
06/15/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “Drilling Down on America’s Energy Future:  Safety, Security, and Clean Energy” on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
06/15/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “NIH in the 21st Century:  The Director's Perspective” on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the National Institutes of Health’s research activities and priorities.
06/15/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member Joe Barton, Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, and Ranking Member Cliff Stearns sent a letter to FCC Chair Julius Genachowski requesting information on the Universal Service Fund.   Update: Read the FCC's response.    
06/14/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member Joe Barton, Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess sent a letter to 23andMe regarding recent processing errors of a number of customer DNA samples.
06/14/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a letter to Tony Hayward, Chief Executive Officer of BP, prior to his testifying before the Committee, detailing the questions the Committee's investigation has raised about BP decisions in the days and hours before the Deepwater Horizon explosion.  See below for a list of documents referenced in the Chairmen's letter.
06/11/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member Joe Barton, and Rep. Edward Markey today released a response from Google after the lawmakers sent a letter to the company regarding its collection of private information over Wi-Fi networks.
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.