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03/10/2010
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider the following bills: H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act; H.R. 3019, the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2009; and H.R. 1258, the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010.  All three bills were reported favorably by the...
03/08/2010
Press Release
Chairman Waxman sent a letter to Budget Committee Chairman Spratt and Ranking Member Ryan submitting views and estimates on President Obama's fiscal year 2011 budget.
03/05/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today wrote to James Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, regarding Toyota's repeated assertions that no electronic defects contribute to incidents of sudden unintended acceleration.  To date, the documents provided to the Committee fail to show that Toyota has systemically investigated the...
03/04/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing entitled "Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:  Broadband, Part Three" on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  The hearing examined the implementation of the broadband programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
03/04/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled, "TSCA and Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals:  Examining Domestic and International Actions," on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined U.S. and international efforts to protect public health and the...
03/02/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today sent letters to the four largest for-profit health insurance companies asking for information about claim denials related to pre-existing conditions and company policies related to coverage of maternity care in the individual health insurance market.
02/26/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Medical Radiation:  An Overview of the Issues" on Friday, February 26, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined the potential benefits and risks of the use of radiation in medicine.
02/25/2010
Bill
The National Alzheimer’s Project Act establishes the Office of the National Alzheimer's Project, in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to:  (1) accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s; (2) create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s; (3)...
02/25/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled, "Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Drinking Water:  Risks to Human Health and the Environment," on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined the science and regulation of endocrine disruptors that may be found in sources of drinking...
02/25/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey sent a letter to Mark Crisson, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA), regarding the association's letter urging Senators to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific finding on greenhouse gases.  
02/24/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on "Premium Increases by Anthem Blue Cross in the Individual Health Insurance Market," on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined proposed increases in premium rates by Anthem Blue Cross, a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., by as much as 39% in the individual health...
02/24/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a joint hearing titled, "The Collection and Use of Location Information for Commercial Purposes," on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined privacy and other issues related to the commercial...
02/23/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, "Response by Toyota and NHTSA to Incidents of Sudden Unintended Acceleration," on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. The hearing examined the response to persistent consumer complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration in vehicles manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation.  Click here for more information about...
02/22/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak wrote to James E. Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in advance of tomorrow's Subcommittee hearing.
02/22/2010
Press Release
The chairmen of the three House committees with jurisdiction over health policy, U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), and George Miller (D-CA), today responded to President Obama's health insurance reform proposal released this morning. The chairmen will be attending the White House's bipartisan meeting on health reform.
02/18/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey today sent letters to eight oil and gas companies that use hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas from unconventional sources in the United States. The Committee is requesting information on the chemicals used in fracturing fluids and the potential impact of the practice on the environment and human health.
02/18/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today wrote to Angela Braly, President and CEO of WellPoint, asking that she address an apparent conflict between the company's public explanation for the premium increases it is seeking in the individual health insurance market in California and the data the company has submitted to the National Association of Insurance...
02/16/2010
Press Release
Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairmen Rick Boucher and Bart Stupak sent letters today to 24 telecommunications companies to assist the Committee in its ongoing review of access charges and so-called "traffic pumping schemes."
02/09/2010
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 Wednesday, February 24, 2010, regarding reports that Anthem Blue Cross, a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is increasing its premium rates by as much as 39% in the individual health insurance market in California.
02/09/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent letters today to five automobile insurance companies requesting information regarding persistent consumer complaints of sudden unintended acceleration in vehicles manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation, and warnings the insurance companies may have provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about...
02/04/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "An Examination of the Proposed Combination of Comcast and NBC Universal," on Thursday, February 4, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing explored the potential impact on the media marketplace of the proposed joint venture agreement between Comcast and NBC Universal.
02/04/2010
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).   HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified.
02/03/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding network neutrality and copyright enforcement.  
02/03/2010
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Stupak sent a letter to Yoshimi Inaba, President and COO of Toyota Motor North America, requesting a briefing on 2010 Prius braking issues in advance of the hearing on the Toyota recall on February 25.
02/02/2010
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today requested clarification regarding several recent statements made by James E. Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, regarding the automaker's recent recall announcements.  The Committee is seeking clarification of Mr. Lentz'...
01/28/2010
Bill
H.Res. 983 is a resolution of inquiry requesting the President to transmit: (1) a list of all agreements entered into between any individuals associated with the White House and any health care reform stakeholders, as well as the substance of the agreements; (2) the names of individuals associated with the White House who participated in the decision-making process during negotiations over such...
01/28/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today announced the Committee will be holding a hearing on February 25, 2010, to examine the persistent consumer complaints of sudden unintended acceleration in vehicles manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation.
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.