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05/27/2010
Press Release
Today, Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to Lamar McKay, Chairman and President, BP America, seeking clarification regarding information provided to the Committee in its ongoing investigation into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Spill.  Specifically, documents provided to the Committee by BP do not mention any inquiry into the...
05/26/2010
Bill
H.R. 5381 improves auto safety and strengthens the vehicle safety programs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The bill has four key objectives:  (1) improve electronics expertise at NHTSA and develop new vehicle safety standards; (2) increase transparency and accountability in auto safety; (3) provide additional resources to NHTSA; and (4) improve the...
05/26/2010
Markup
The Committee met in open markup session on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 4805, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act; H.R. 5381, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010; H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010; and H.R. 4451, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act.
05/26/2010
Press Release
Today, Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey, Ranking Member Joe Barton, and Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Eric Schmidt, Chairman & CEO of Google, regarding recent reports of data collection over private Wi-Fi networks in conjunction with Google's Street View product.  The Committee is concerned about the accuracy and completeness of Google's public explanations and request...
05/26/2010
Press Release
Today the Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 (H.R. 5320, the “AQUA Act”).  The legislation would reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The drinking water SRF provides an important source of funding for public water systems, which are...
05/26/2010
Press Release
Today the Committee on Energy and Commerce approved H.R. 5381, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010.  The legislation will strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and improve vehicle safety.
05/25/2010
Markup
The Committee met on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, to consider H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
05/25/2010
Press Release
Today Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak sent a memo to Committee members summarizing the information presented by BP to Committee staff on the progress of its internal investigation of the causes of the blowout and oil spill.
05/24/2010
Press Release
Today Senator John D. Rockefeller, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Senator John F. Kerry, the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Rep. Rick Boucher, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology...
05/20/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Update on Toyota and NHTSA’s Response to the Problem of Sudden Unintended Acceleration” on Thursday, May 20, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.   This is the second hearing on the response of the Toyota Motor Corporation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to...
05/20/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection met in open markup session on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider a Committee print on H.R. ____, the “Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010”.
05/19/2010
Bill
H.R. 5220, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act, would reauthorize the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004, the expansion of Best Buddies, and the establishment of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institutes for Sport and Social Impact.  On May 19, 2010, H.R. 5220, as amended, passed the House, under suspension of the rules by a voice vote.  No further action was taken on H.R. 5220...
05/19/2010
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment met in open markup session on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to consider H.R. 5320, the “Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010” (“AQUA”), legislation to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund.
05/19/2010
Press Release
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member Joe Barton, Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael C. Burgess sent letters to 23andMe, Inc., Navigenics, and Pathway Genomics Corporation in light of recent reports that at least one of the companies is seeking to sell personal genetic testing kits in retail locations, despite concern from the scientific community...
05/19/2010
Press Release
Today the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment approved by a vote of 18 to 13 H.R. 5320, the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010 (the “AQUA Act”).  This legislation, introduced by Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey, will reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe...
05/18/2010
Press Release
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a briefing entitled, “Sizing up the BP Oil Spill: Science and Engineering Measuring Methods,” on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
05/13/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held the fourth in a series of hearings addressing issues raised in the National Broadband Plan on Thursday, May 13, 2010. The hearing, entitled "The National Broadband Plan:  Promoting Broadband Adoption," examined recommendations in the National Broadband Plan for increasing broadband adoption, including ways to...
05/13/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a legislative hearing on H.R. ____, the "Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010" ("AQUA") on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation would reauthorize the drinking water state revolving fund and amend the Safe Drinking Water Act.
05/13/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 4501, the Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act, and H.R. 2480, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
05/13/2010
Press Release
Whether you're a recent college grad, a small business owner, or a senior citizen, the Affordable Care Act improves your care and lowers your costs.  The Energy & Commerce Committee has released two health care web tools to help Americans better understand the benefits that the new health care reform law can provide to them.
05/12/2010
Bill
On May 12, 2010, Rep. Eshoo of California introduced H.R. 5289, the Get the Lead Out Act, to reduce the lead content of faucets and plumbing fixtures.  On May 13, 2010, the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a legislative hearing on proposed legislative language to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act state revolving fund, including the provisions of H.R. 5289.  On May 18,...
05/12/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "Inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill" on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined what caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the oil spill now spreading across the Gulf, in order to help prevent future incidents and...
05/12/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled "Prematurity and Infant Mortality:  What Happens When Babies are Born Too Early?" on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.  The hearing examined the causes and consequences of preterm births and infant mortality.
05/12/2010
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the introduction of the American Power Act by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman.
05/10/2010
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Edward J. Markey, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, released legislation that will reauthorize and increase funding for the drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  The "Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010" will...
05/07/2010
Press Release
Today, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey will lead a bi-partisan delegation of Committee members to the Gulf of Mexico to investigate the massive oil spill threatening the Gulf coast region.
05/06/2010
Bill
H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, was intended to improve the energy efficiency of American homes, to increase employment in the home construction and renovation industries, to promote domestic manufacture of energy efficient products and materials, to foster private enterprise in energy efficiency retrofit services and quality assurance, and to assist homeowners requiring assistance...
05/06/2010
Bill
H.R. 4700, the Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010, requires any and all individuals or business entities, including physicians, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufactures, and insurance entities, that offer or furnish health care related items, products, services, or procedures for sale to the public to publicly disclose, on a continuous basis, all prices for such items, products,...
05/06/2010
Bill
H.R. 4803, the Patients’ Right to Know Act, requires each entity offering a health benefits plan to make available to enrollees and potential enrollees specified information about the plan, including covered items and services, a list of limitations and restrictions, details about the claims appeal process and out-of-pocket cost-sharing, among other things.  The bill also amends title...
05/06/2010
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held 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.
05/06/2010
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.