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01/27/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
01/26/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on "H.R. 3655, the Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2009," on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. This legislation would require the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting "unfair or deceptive acts and practices in the provision of funeral goods...
01/21/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on "Crib Safety:  Assessing the Need for Better Oversight," on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined whether there is a need for stronger mandatory federal safety standards for infant cribs.
01/21/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet  held a markup session on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, and H.R. 3019, Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2009.
01/20/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, "The ExxonMobil-XTO Merger:  Impacts on U.S. Energy Markets," on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the recently proposed merger of ExxonMobil Corporation and XTO Energy Inc., and the ramifications for U.S. oil and natural gas markets.
01/20/2010
Press Release
U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI), Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, announced today his subcommittee hearing entitled "Treatment of U.S. Automobile Manufacturers in Japan's Cash for Clunkers Program" has been postponed. The postponement comes following an announcement by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to adjust qualifications...
01/20/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Ranking Member Joe Barton on January 20, 2010 regarding committee oversight hearings.  
01/16/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to recent drug industry objections to biologic drug competition in health care reform negotiations:
01/15/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will expand its scientific review of the potential health effects of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA):
01/15/2010
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a letter to John C. Mingé, President of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc, requesting updated information regarding the safe operation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.  
01/13/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to the Council of Economic Advisers' second quarterly report on the economic impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
01/08/2010
Press Release
U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), and George Miller (D-CA), the chairmen of the three committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives, issued the following statement today on a new report released by the Center for American Progress showing that the health reform legislation pending in Congress will significantly lower health care...
01/07/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to EPA’s proposal to strengthen the national ambient air quality standards for ground-level ozone:
12/24/2009
Press Release
U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), and George Miller (D-CA), the chairmen of the three committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the U.S. House of Representatives, issued the following statement today after the Senate approved legislation to reform the nation's health insurance system.
12/21/2009
Press Release
Today Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), released a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examining the federal government's use of sanctions on nursing homes whose negligent practices are found to be harming residents.  The report specifically looked at the use of...
12/19/2009
Press Release
Following President Barack Obama's announcement that a deal had been reached at the climate talks in Copenhagen, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement:
12/19/2009
Press Release
This morning in Copenhagen, the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change completed their work on the Copenhagen Accord.  In response, Rep. Henry A. Waxman released the following statement.
12/17/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and a bipartisan group of members sent a letter urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take action to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal crop insurance program.
12/16/2009
Bill
H.R. 1147 requires the FCC to modify its FM radio rules and provides greater opportunity for low power community radio stations.   Low Power FM (LPFM) stations are community-based, noncommercial radio stations that broadcast to neighborhoods and small towns. LPFM licenses are generally licensed to churches, schools, as well as civic and other community groups that best understand the...
12/16/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "Innovations in Addressing Childhood Obesity," on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.  The hearing examined innovative strategies to reduce obesity among children and adolescents.
12/15/2009
Bill
In March 2009, Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Nathan Deal, and Jo Ann Emerson introduced H.R. 1427, the “Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act,” a bipartisan bill to allow the Food and Drug Administration to approve affordable copies of biotech drugs.  This bill gives FDA authority to ensure that any approved copy of a biotech drug is just as safe and...
12/15/2009
Bill
H.R. 1084 addresses one of the most frequent consumer complaints received by the FCC by directing the Commission to monitor and limit the volume of advertisements in TV broadcasts and cable and satellite programming.  Under the bill, television advertisements cannot play at a volume noticeably higher than the programs during which they air.  The legislation was introduced on February 13...
12/15/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, and H.R. 3019, the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2009, on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
12/15/2009
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1084, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act).  The bill will require the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe a standard to preclude commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany.
12/10/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled "Drinking Water and Public Health Impacts of Coal Combustion Waste Disposal" on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing  examined the safe drinking water and health impacts associated with current practices for the disposal of coal fly ash.
12/10/2009
Press Release
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today entitled, "FCC Needs to Improve Oversight of Wireless Phone Service."  GAO conducted the report in response to a request by Rep. Edward Markey when he chaired the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.  Rep. Markey requested that GAO review consumers' satisfaction and problems with wireless...
12/09/2009
Bill
H.R. 390 makes it unlawful for any person to promote, market, or advertise a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football game as a championship or national championship game, unless the game is the final game of a single elimination post-season playoff system for which all NCAA Division I FBS conferences and unaffiliated Division...
12/09/2009
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a markup on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10 a.m. in room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 390, the College Football Playoffs Act.
12/09/2009
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak released a new report that found that 34 Medicare Advantage insurers expend significant sums on profits, marketing, and other corporate expenses.   Last year, the insurers spent an average of $1,450 per beneficiary on profits, marketing, and other corporate...
12/08/2009
Bill
H.R. 2221 both reduces the number of data breaches and provides new rights to individuals whose personal information is compromised when a breach occurs.  The bill has two major requirements:  (1) an entity holding data containing personal information must adopt reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect such data; and (2) that same entity must notify affected consumers in...
12/08/2009
Bill
H.R. 1319 reduces inadvertent disclosures of sensitive information by making users of certain file-sharing programs more aware of how such programs work, how files are shared, and the potential risks involved with the use of such programs.  The bill prohibits developers of covered file-sharing programs from installing, or making available for installation or downloading, a covered-file...
12/08/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "Prescription Drug Price Inflation: Are Prices Rising Too Fast?" at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing examined recent reports of rapid increases in brand-name prescription drug prices.
12/08/2009
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act, and H.R. 1319, the Informed P2P User Act.
12/03/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing Thursday, December 3, 2009, on "H.R. 3993, the Calling Card Consumer Protection Act."
12/03/2009
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to the NBC Universal joint venture announced by General Electric and Comcast:  
12/03/2009
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed by a vote of 394-11 the Satellite Home Viewer Reauthorization Act of 2009, H.R. 3570.  Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Chairman Rick Boucher spoke on the House floor yesterday in support of the legislation.
12/02/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations," on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the recently updated breast cancer recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
12/02/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment held a hearing titled, "Impacts of H.R. 3795, the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Market Act of 2009, on Energy Markets," on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The hearing addressed the legislation's impacts on organized energy markets regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
12/02/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman spoke today at the Federal Trade Commission News Media Workshop. The following are his remarks as prepared.
12/02/2009
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives considered H.R. 3570, the Satellite Home Viewer Reauthorization Act of 2009.  Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Chairman Rick Boucher spoke on the House floor today in support of the legislation.
12/02/2009
Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 309-112 the Radioactive Import Deterrence Act, H.R. 515.  This legislation would prohibit the importation of certain low-level radioactive waste into the United States.
11/25/2009
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement of his Copenhagen visit:
11/24/2009
Press Release
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight Chairman Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), along with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) commented today following the...
11/24/2009
Press Release
On November 24, 2009, Chairmen Waxman and Stupak and Ranking Members Barton and Walden sent a letter to Deborah A. P. Hersman, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), expressing concern about the NTSB's investigation of the tragic "Iron 44" helicopter crash on August 5, 2008.
11/19/2009
Bill
On October 29, 2009, Reps. John Dingell, Henry Waxman, Charles Rangel, Frank Pallone, and others introduced H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act. Medicare payments for services of physicians and certain non-physician practitioners are made on the basis of a fee schedule.  The law specifies an expenditure target, commonly referred to as the sustainable growth rate (SGR) system...
11/19/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "Exploring the Offline and Online Collection and Use of Consumer Information," on Thursday, November 19, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the collection and commercial use of consumer data in the offline...
11/19/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee met on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The committee considered H.R. 515, the Radioactive Import Deterrence Act, and H.R. 1084, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act).
11/19/2009
Press Release
Today the House passed legislation that would permanently reform the broken Medicare physician payment system.  The Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act (H.R. 3961) passed by a vote of 243-183.  The bill repeals a 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for January 2010, and replaces the physician payment formula with a more stable system that ends the unrealistic cycle of threats of ever-...
11/18/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, "H1N1 Preparedness:  An Update of Vaccine Production and Distribution" on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.