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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.
11/06/2009
Press Release
The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy in strong support of the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
11/06/2009
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to an open letter to Congress from 11 leading health economists regarding H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act:
11/06/2009
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 230 to 193 the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2868).  The bill strengthens security at America's chemical plants and drinking water and wastewater facilities by establishing risk-based and reasonable security standards for these critical assets.  H.R. 2868 reauthorizes the Department of Homeland Security's (...
11/06/2009
Press Release
More than 300 groups, representing millions of Americans, have expressed their support for the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
11/05/2009
Bill
H.R. 3276 provides the Department of Energy new legal authority and resources to assist and accelerate private sector projects to establish a robust domestic supply of molybdenum-99 produced without the use of highly enriched uranium.  The bill also amends the Atomic Energy Act to allow the domestic use of highly enriched uranium for medical isotope production only if the reactor operator is...
11/05/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce scheduled a markup session on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 515, the "Radioactive Import Deterrence Act."  The markup was postponed to a later date.
11/05/2009
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3276, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act, by a vote of 400-17.  The bill will provide the Department of Energy with new legal authority and funding to assist private sector projects in establishing a steady domestic supply of molybdenum-99 produced without use of highly-enriched uranium.  
11/04/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittees on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and on Communications, Technology and the Internet will hold a joint hearing titled, "Driven To Distraction:  Technological Devices and Vehicle Safety," on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will examine safety issues concerning drivers distracted by wireless or other...
11/04/2009
Press Release
According to a new analysis by MIT Professor and CBO health advisor Dr. Jonathan Gruber, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) will lower premiums and improve coverage for individuals and families purchasing in the non-group market.  The MIT study estimates that an individual and a family of four would save from $470 and from $1,260, respectively, in health insurance...
11/03/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on "The NFL StarCaps Case:  Are Sports' Anti-Doping Programs At A Legal Crossroads?" on Tuesday, November  3, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the integrity of the drug-testing programs and policies of professional sports leagues in light of a recent...
11/03/2009
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment met in an open markup session on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 9:15 a.m.in Room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 515, the Radioactive Import Deterrence Act.
11/03/2009
Press Release
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released estimates confirming that H.R. 3962 - the Democratic health reform bill - will succeed in controlling costs that will be reflected in individual and family premiums.  CBO found that by 2016, premiums will be $5,300 for an individual and $15,000 for a family of four in the Exchange.  This is well below the $24,000 family premium expected if...
11/02/2009
Press Release
The Committee has prepared, for each member, a district-level analysis of the impact of the legislation. This analysis includes information on the impact of the legislation on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. It also includes an estimate of the impacts of the surtax that is used to pay for the legislation.
10/30/2009
Bill
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 extends the Ryan White Program for four years.  The Ryan White program has four major parts: (1) grants to large and mid-sized cities with a high incidence and/or prevalence of HIV and AIDS; (2) grants to states and territories; (3) early intervention grants to public and private nonprofit entities, such as community clinics; and (4)...
10/30/2009
Press Release
President Obama signed into law the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.  The bill will extend for four years the Ryan White Program, which provides funding to cities, states and public and nonprofit entities to assist in core medical and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
10/29/2009
Bill
On July 8, 2009,  Rep. Frank of Massachusetts, Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.R. 3126, a bill to create a single agency dedicated to consumer financial protection.  H.R. 3126 created the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) to ensure that:  (1) consumers have, understand, and can use the information they need to make responsible decisions about...
10/29/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee met on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The committee considered H.R. 3126, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009.  
10/29/2009
Press Release
Legislation Covers 96 percent of Americans, Reduces the Deficit For the first time in U.S. history, all Americans would have access to quality, affordable health care under updated health insurance reform legislation unveiled by House Democrats today.  The House is expected to debate and vote on the legislation next week.
10/29/2009
Press Release
Legislation would replace SGR with a fairer growth rate, include Statutory PAYGO In conjunction with comprehensive health reform legislation, House leaders introduced a bill that would permanently reform the Medicare physician payment system.  The Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act (H.R. 3961) will repeal a 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for January 2010 and replace the physician...
10/28/2009
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed by a vote of 420 to 0 the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program Extension Act of 2009. This bipartisan legislation, which was introduced in the House by Rep. Jane Harman, would allow the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) to extend the deadline for making grants to public safety agencies to improve the interoperability...
10/27/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment held a hearing titled, "Protecting the Electric Grid:  H.R. 2165, the Bulk Power System Protection Act of 2009, and H.R. 2195, a bill to amend the Federal Power Act to provide additional authorities to adequately protect the critical electric infrastructure against cyber attack," on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House...
10/22/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, “Video Competition in a Digital Age” on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing focused on competition among video programmers, including access by multichannel video providers and consumers to programming via both television and the Internet.
10/22/2009
Press Release
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV sent a letter to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the draft rules to preserve a free and open Internet.
10/22/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
10/21/2009
Bill
H.R. 2190 is intended to eliminate a significant source of mercury pollution by prohibiting the use of mercury during the manufacture of chlorine or caustic soda in the United States.  In addition, the bill prohibits the export of mercury and mercury compounds by chlor-alkali facilities, effective immediately upon enactment. On May 12, 2009, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer...
10/21/2009
Bill
H.R. 3258 replaces Section 1433 of the Safe Drinking Water Act to strengthen security at drinking water facilities to prevent an intentional act that causes a chemical release, contaminates the water supply, or otherwise disrupts the ability of a water system to provide a safe and reliable supply of drinking water.  The bill requires the EPA Administrator to establish risk-based performance...
10/21/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee met on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 3276, H.R. 3258, H.R. 2868, and H.R. 2190. 
10/21/2009
Press Release
Today the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 408 to 9 the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.  The bill will extend for four years the Ryan White Program, which provides funding to cities, states and public and nonprofit entities to assist in core medical and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
10/21/2009
Press Release
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and the chairs of the three committees leading the health reform effort, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means, and Rep. George Miller, Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, reaffirmed their commitment today to permanent reform of the...
10/21/2009
Press Release
Today the Energy and Commerce Committee approved four separate pieces of legislation.  These bills will improve the availability of medical isotopes that are crucial to health care; increase the security of the country's drinking water systems and chemical facilities; and reduce the amount of toxic mercury released into the environment.
10/20/2009
Bill
H.R. 2708, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2009, revises and extends the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437) through fiscal year 2025.  The bill authorizes programs relating to Indian health workforce, the delivery of health services, facilities construction and modernization, access to health services, urban Indians, behavioral health programs, and the...
10/20/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, "The High Cost of Small Business Health Insurance:  Limited Options, Limited Coverage," on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined business practices in the small business health insurance market.
10/20/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "H.R. 2708, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2009," on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, in 2327 Rayburn House Office Building.  
10/16/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment held a hearing titled, "H.R. 515, The Radioactive Import Deterrence Act" on Friday, October 16, 2009 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing focused on legislation and issues surrounding the importation of low-level radioactive waste into the United States.
10/15/2009
Bill
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 extends the Ryan White program for four years.  The Ryan White program has four major parts: (1) grants to large and mid-sized cities with a high incidence and/or prevalence of HIV and AIDS; (2) grants to states and territories; (3) early intervention grants to public and private nonprofit entities, such as community clinics; and (4)...
10/15/2009
Bill
H.R. 3633 extends the funding window for the interoperable emergency communications grant program established under the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005.  The Public Safety Interoperable Communications Program (PSIC) funds state projects that provide public safety personnel with interoperable communications equipment and training for system users. On October 8,...