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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.
11/18/2009
Press Release
Leaders of the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an expedited report on recent trends in prescription drug pricing.
11/18/2009
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry A. Waxman and Health Subcommittee Chair Frank Pallone released the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) release of new error rate information for Medicare.
11/17/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, "Prioritizing Chemicals for Safety Determination," on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the options for prioritizing chemicals for safety determinations in the event that the Committee amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
11/17/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, to examine a discussion draft of the Universal Service Reform Act of 2009.
11/17/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that GAO examine a number of important spectrum issues. Specifically, Chairmen Waxman and Boucher asked GAO to evaluate matters related to federal spectrum uses, commercial spectrum uses, and spectrum sharing...
11/17/2009
Press Release
A number of groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, medical professionals, seniors, and military personnel have expressed their support for H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act.
11/10/2009
Press Release
Health insurance reform opponents continue to spread myths about the recently-passed Affordable Health Care for America Act, including saying that reform will undermine the health care that veterans and military families have now.  The latest myth spread by some Republican Members is that the bill passed by the House fails to ensure that veterans and service members will have the choice to...
11/08/2009
Press Release
For the first time in America's hist ory, all Americans will have access to quality, affordable health care under updated health insurance reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today. The legislation will cover 96 percent of Americans by 2015, while reducing the deficit by tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.  The House approved the measure by a vote...
11/07/2009
Bill
The Committee on Energy and Commerce considered H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, between March-July 2009 and passed it out of Committee on July 31, 2009.  The bill was superseded first by H.R. 3962, and then later by H.R. 3590, which eventually was signed into law as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On October 29, 2009, Rep. Dingell introduced H.R. 3962...
11/07/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. 
11/06/2009
Bill
H.R. 2868 extends the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement and enforce the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), and improves these standards in a number of ways.  It also requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish parallel security programs for drinking water and wastewater facilities. Title I of H.R. 2868 amends the Homeland...
11/06/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released a statement in response to Rep. Anthony Weiner's decision not to offer a single-payer amendment to the House Democratic health care legislation.