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07/06/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of State Keystone XL Project Manager Elizabeth Orlando last week regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport heavy crude oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta to oil refineries in the Gulf Coast.
07/02/2010
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, and Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter today to administration officials regarding property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs.  The Chairmen are urging cooperation in establishing guidelines that will allow these programs to continue while protecting taxpayers and...
07/01/2010
Bill
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...
07/01/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “The Battle Against Diabetes:  Progress Made, Challenges Unmet.”  The hearing will examine advances in research into type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, as well as other related public health efforts.  It explored our current understanding of the causes and consequences of diabetes, as well as evidence-based...
07/01/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, and Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. sent a letter to the Exxon Mobil Corporation requesting documents related to health effects experienced by workers involved in the response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  This inquiry is part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the Deepwater Horizon incident and...
06/30/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment will meet in open markup session on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 5626, the “Blowout Prevention Act of 2010”.
06/30/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing on legislation to respond to the BP oil spill and prevent future oil well blowouts on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing focused on the discussion draft entitled the “Blowout Prevention Act of 2010,” which was released on Friday, June 26, 2010.
06/30/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet met in open markup session on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 3101, the “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009”.
06/30/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection met in open markup session on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the following bills: H.R. 4501, the “Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act of 2009”; H.R. 2480, the “Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009”; H.R. 5156, the “Clean Energy Technology...
06/30/2010
Press Release
On June 29, 2010, Chairman Henry A. Waxman introduced H.R. 5626, the Blowout Prevention Act of 2010.  This legislation, cosponsored by Subcommittee Chairmen Ed Markey and Bart Stupak, establishes a number of standards and procedures to ensure the use of appropriate safety equipment and practices during drilling activities at high-risk oil and gas wells.
06/30/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Rick Boucher and Ranking Members Joe Barton and Cliff Stearns sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski related to the construction and maintenance of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
06/29/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a letter to James Lentz, President and COO of Toyota, USA, requesting a briefing on the availability of brake override features on older model Toyotas and documents related to Exponent, Inc’s investigation into the possible causes of sudden unintended acceleration.
06/28/2010
Press Release
Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) sent letters to the CEOs of the ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and Chevron oil companies, requesting more information on the companies’ oil spill response plans.
06/23/2010
Bill
H.R. 3993 requires calling card providers and distributors to clearly and conspicuously disclose all relevant and applicable information to consumers.  These disclosures must include contact information for the provider, the number of minutes available, or the dollar value of the card.  Entities also are required to disclose any applicable fees, additional charges, limitations, changes...
06/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “MedPAC’s June 2010 Report to Congress:  Aligning Incentives in Medicare” on June 23, 2010 at 2 p.m. The hearing examined the findings and recommendations contained in the report submitted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to Congress on June 15, 2010.
06/23/2010
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 381 to 41, H.R. 3993, the Calling Card Consumer Protection Act.
06/23/2010
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed by a voice vote, S. 1660, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 4805, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.  The Committee on Energy and Commerce favorably reported the House bill on May 26, 2010.
06/22/2010
Bill
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 standards that are equivalent to the California standards for hardwood plywood, medium-...
06/22/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the first anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act:
06/22/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell, and Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., applauded the unveiling of regulations implementing a new set of Patient’s Bill of Rights protections included in the Affordable Care Act.
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.