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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.
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.