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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.
05/06/2010
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (H.R. 5019), by a vote of 246 to 161.  This legislation will create jobs, save energy, and lower families' energy bills by providing rebates to homeowners to make their homes more energy-efficient.
05/05/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the following legislation as approved by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on March 24, 2010: H.R. 3993, Calling Card Consumer Protection Act, amended, and H.R. 3655, Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights...
05/05/2010
Press Release
Today House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV sent a letter to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on the recent opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Comcast Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission.   The ruling...
05/04/2010
Press Release
The Subcommittee on Health will hold 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.
05/04/2010
Press Release
Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. George Miller, Rep. Sander Levin, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Rep. Pete Stark, Rep. John Dingell, Rep. Frank Pallone, and Rep. Robert E. Andrews sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner providing clarification regarding implementation of the final Mental Health Parity Law (MHPAEA...
05/03/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Jack Moore, President and CEO of Cameron International, the company that manufactured and sold the blowout preventer that failed to function properly on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.  The chairmen asked for any documents relating to testing of the blowout preventer and any manintenance or testing instructions...
04/30/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Halliburton regarding its cementing activities at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
04/30/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak announced that the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
04/29/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing entitled "The National Broadband Plan:  Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices" on Thursday, April 29, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined recommendations contained in the National Broadband Plan to stimulate competition and innovation in set-top boxes and...
04/29/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled "H.R. ____, the Consumer Product Safety Enhancement Act" on Thursday, April 29, 2010.
04/29/2010
Press Release
A new GAO study of the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (CARS) program confirmed that it met key goals of stimulating the economy and improving vehicle fuel economy.
04/29/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to BP America Inc. and Transocean Ltd. regarding the role of the oil rig's blowout preventer in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
04/28/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Antibiotic Resistance and the Threat to Public Health" on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.  The hearing explored the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance and the effects it has on human health.
04/28/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled "Public Sales of Hurricane Katrina/Rita FEMA Trailers:  Are they Safe or Environmental Time Bombs?" on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.  The hearing discussed public sales by the General Services Administration (GSA) of travel trailers and mobile homes that were purchased and provisioned by the...
04/28/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled "Clean Energy Policies That Reduce Our Dependence on Oil" on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the impact of oil dependence on our economy and national security, and how recent Environmental Protection Agency regulation and future policies can reduce that...
04/27/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to BP America and Transocean Ltd., the two companies involved in the recent explosion on an oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.  The Committee is investigating the adequacy of the companies' risk management and emergency response plans for accidental oil and gas releases at the Deepwater Horizon...
04/27/2010
Press Release
Representative Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statements today announcing their intent to work together on automobile safety legislation in the coming days to address problems highlighted by recent vehicle recalls.
04/27/2010
Press Release
Committee and Subcommittee Chairs from the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor today sent a letter to the CEOs of seven insurance companies, most of whom last week announced they were allowing individuals up to age 26 to get coverage through their parents' health insurance, ahead of health reform legislation taking effect.
04/22/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled “The Environment and Human Health: The Role of HHS” on Thursday, April 22, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will examine, with testimony from two key agency directors, how the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is studying, tracking, and addressing the effects of environmental factors on human...
04/22/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to six tobacco companies regarding changes in their marketing and production policies or practices as a result of the enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, and related regulation.
04/21/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing entitled "The National Broadband Plan: Deploying Quality Broadband Services to the Last Mile" on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined assessments in the National Broadband Plan of the availability of broadband and how most effectively to deploy broadband to...
04/21/2010
Markup
The markup of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on H.R. _____, the Consumer Product Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2010, has been postponed. A new date and time for the hearing is to be determined.
04/21/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to BP America and Transocean Ltd. requesting a briefing on the recent explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  
04/19/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein regarding EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule.
04/16/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters today to James Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, and Paul Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Exponent, seeking additional information on Exponent's work for Toyota on unintended acceleration.
04/16/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters to Claire's, Wal-Mart, and Dollar N More regarding cadmium and other hazardous materials being used in children's jewelry and other products intended for children.  
04/15/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 5019, Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, H.R. 5026, Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act, and a resolution to fill vacancies in Republican Membership on several Subcommittees.
04/15/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released a discussion draft of legislation to revise the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the primary statute governing the safety of chemicals in commerce, which has not been updated since its enactment in 1976.
04/14/2010
Bill
H.R. 1258 makes it illegal to use a caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information ("spoofing") with the intent to defraud or deceive.  On October 8, 2009, the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet met in open markup session and forwarded H.R. 1258, amended, to the full Committee, by a voice vote.  On...
04/14/2010
Bill
H.R. 3125 requires an inventory of radio spectrum bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to provide greater transparency concerning the type and frequency of federal use of spectrum.  Rep. Waxman introduced the bill on July 8, 2009.  The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology,...
04/14/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Smokeless Tobacco: Impact on the Health of our Nation's Youth and Use in Major League Baseball" on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the prevalence and use of smokeless tobacco products, diseases linked to the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the correlation between...
04/14/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives considered two bills reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce: H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, and H.R. 1258, the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010.
04/14/2010
Press Release
Today Chairmen Waxman and Stupak sent the following memo to subcommittee members regarding the cancellation of the April 21, 2010, hearing on the impact of the health care reform law on large employers.
04/14/2010
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 394 to 18 the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Chairman Henry A. Waxman that would require an inventory of radio spectrum bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission.
04/14/2010
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed by a voice vote H.R. 1258, the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010.  The legislation would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation, or "spoofing," of caller identification information.  
04/12/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter today to Mr. Bob Stallman of the American Farm Bureau Federation regarding the projected impact of mandatory greenhouse gas reporting on livestock facilities with manure management systems.
04/12/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today requested information from chemical companies Albemarle Corporation, Chemtura Corporation, and ICL Performance Products on their top-selling flame retardant chemicals, including documentation related to each chemical's potential health, safety, and environmental effects.  The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations...
04/09/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak’s decision not to seek re-election.
04/06/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia's ruling in Comcast Corp v. Federal Communications Commission:
03/30/2010
Bill
The nation’s historic health reform legislation, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, is the consolidation of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, as amended by H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, P.L. 111-152. On March 21, 2010, the House took up H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as passed by...
03/26/2010
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark, and California Democratic Congressional Delegation Chairman Zoe Lofgren sent a letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger highlighting the benefits of the new health care reform law for California and its citizens.  Over the next...
03/26/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today announced that the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on April 21, 2010, regarding claims by Caterpillar, Verizon, and Deere that provisions in the new health care reform law could adversely affect their company's ability to provide health insurance to their employees.  These assertions...
03/25/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission:  The National Broadband Plan" on Thursday, March 25, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing  explored the details of the Federal Communications Commission's recently released National Broadband Plan.
03/24/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment met in open markup session on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 5019, Committee Print on the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, H.R. 5026, Committee Print on the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act, and H.R. 4451, the Collinsville Renewable Energy...
03/24/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection met in open markup session on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 3993, Calling Card Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 4805, Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, and H.R. 3655, Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2009.
03/24/2010
Press Release
Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Sander M. Levin, and George Miller, the chairmen of the three committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives, issued the following statement today regarding the elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions for children, which is included in the historic health care reform law:
03/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "NCI Cancer Research: Today's Progress; Tomorrow's Challenges" on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the National Cancer Institute's cancer research efforts.