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06/26/2009
Bill
H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), is a comprehensive approach to America's energy policy that would create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, enhance America's energy independence, and cut global warming pollution.  The legislation received wide support from electric utilities, energy...
06/25/2009
Hearing
The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold its third day of legislative hearings on the health reform discussion draft on Thursday, June 25, 2009, in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The Committee has worked with the Ways and Means and Education and Labor Committees to develop a proposal that reflects President Obama's health reform principles.
06/25/2009
Markup
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a markup on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building to consider H.R. 2994, a bill to reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 and for other purposes.
06/25/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration letter of June 24, 2009 regarding generic biologics. "I am pleased that the Obama Administration stands with consumers, businesses, and labor in support of strong, bipartisan legislation that will bring Americans affordable biotech drugs, sooner rather than later. The Administration has made clear that...
06/24/2009
Bill
Prior to the introduction of H.R. 2751, the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a multi-day legislative hearing on the discussion draft of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), from April 21, 2009 to April 24, 2009.  That hearing included discussion of “cash for clunkers” provisions to encourage consumers to trade in older vehicles for more fuel-...
06/24/2009
Hearing
The Energy and Commerce Committee held its second day of legislative hearings on the health reform discussion draft on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The Committee has worked with the Ways and Means and Education and Labor Committees to develop a proposal that reflects President Obama's health reform principles.
06/24/2009
Hearing
The Energy and Commerce Committee held its second day of legislative hearings on the health reform discussion draft on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The Committee has worked with the Ways and Means and Education and Labor Committees to develop a proposal that reflects President Obama's health reform principles.
06/24/2009
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health will hold a joint hearing on "U.S. - Africa Trade Relations:  Creating a Platform for Economic Growth" on Wednesday June 24, 2009.  Trade with Sub-Saharan Africa offers promise for U.S. investment...
06/23/2009
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held its first day of legislative hearings on the health reform discussion draft by the Chairmen of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor.  Panels will also convene on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, and Thursday, June 25, 2009, in room 2123 Rayburn Office Building.
06/23/2009
Press Release
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), as reported by the Energy and Commerce Committee.
06/23/2009
Press Release
Reps. Henry A. Waxman, James L. Oberstar, Anthony D. Weiner, Earl Blumenauer, and Doris Matsui today announced a new agreement that will allow states to use funding from the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) to invest in clean transportation projects that reduce global warming pollution.
06/22/2009
Bill
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the explicit authority to regulate tobacco products and authorizes FDA to regulate tobacco products “as appropriate for the protection of the public health.”  The law allows the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to restrict the sale and distribution of tobacco products, including advertising...
06/22/2009
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bart Stupak wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding a GAO report entitled, "Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS Improved Testing of Advanced Radiation Detection Portal Monitors, but Preliminary Results Show Limits of New Technology." ...
06/20/2009
Press Release
Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Edward J. Markey, co-authors of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), said that a new analysis of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows the that the net annual cost of the legislation would be approximately $175 per household in 2020.  This analysis comes on the heels of a new study that found 1.7 million jobs...
06/19/2009
Press Release
On June 19, at 1:00 p.m. EST, the Chairmen of the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor Committees held a press conference to unveil their discussion draft for health care reform.  The three panels with jurisdiction over health policy in the House have been working together as one committee to develop a single bill that fulfills President Obama's goals of...
06/18/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing entitled, "Medical Devices:  Are Current Regulations Doing Enough for Patients?" on Thursday, June 18, 2009.  The hearing will examine the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulation of medical devices.  Specifically, the hearing will look at whether additional regulatory steps are necessary to ensure the safety,...
06/18/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection are holding a joint hearing titled, "Behavioral Advertising:  Industry Practices and Consumers' Expectations" on Thursday, June 18, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will examine the potential privacy implications of...
06/17/2009
Markup
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup to consider H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration the authorities and resources it needs to better oversee the safety of the nation's food supply.  The legislation also increases industry's...
06/17/2009
Press Release
Next week, beginning on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Subcommittee on Health will hold hearings regarding the forthcoming draft proposal for health care reform developed by Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor Committees.  The draft proposal is designed to fulfill President Obama's goal of controlling health care costs,...
06/16/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "Terminations of Individual Health Policies by Insurance Companies" on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.   The hearing examined the practice of "post-claims underwriting," which occurs when insurance companies cancel individual health insurance policies after...
06/16/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize "The Satellite Home Viewer Act" on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
06/15/2009
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry A. Waxman and Committee on Ways and Means Chair Charles B. Rangel released a summary of proposed changes to the sustainable growrth rate that updates reimbursement for physician services in Medicare. These changes are under consideration for inclusion in the draft health reform bill, which also includes additional provisions to encourage and reward...
06/12/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, "The Future of the Grid:  Proposals for Reforming National Transmission Policy" on Friday, June 12, 2009.  This hearing addressed proposals for new legislation on transmission planning, cost allocation, and siting authority.
06/12/2009
Hearing
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), held a hearing at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2009 to examine the recent auto dealership closures announced by Chrysler and General Motors.
06/12/2009
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, as amended by the Senate, by a vote of 307 to 97. This legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate the advertising, marketing, and manufacturing of tobacco products in order to protect the public health.
06/11/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009, H.R. 1133, the Family Telephone Connection Protection Act of 2009, and H.R. 1084, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act) on Thursday, June 11, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
06/11/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on a new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report titled, "Emerging Health Care Issues:  Follow-on Biologic Drug Competition" on Thursday, June 11, 2009.  The report set forth FTC findings with respect to its investigation into the effects of a follow-on biologics pathway on competition and innovation.  In particular, the report...
06/10/2009
Bill
H. Res. 449 requests the President to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after adoption of the resolution, all documents in his possession produced by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to:  (1) The untitled, undated memo marked “Deliberative--Attorney Client...
06/10/2009
Bill
H.Res. 462 requests the President, not later than 14 days after adoption of the resolution, to provide the House information relating to communications with Chrysler LLC referring or relating to scheduled Chrysler plant closings.
06/10/2009
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health held a markup to consider "H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009" on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration the authorities and resources it needs to better oversee the safety of the nation's food supply.  The legislation also increases industry's...
06/10/2009
Markup
The full Committee held an open markup session to consider H.Res 449 and H.Res 462. 
06/10/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Boucher and Congressman Space released a GAO report focused on federal efforts to promote broadband deployment. Among other things, GAO recommends that the Federal Communications Commission work with the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce to "specify performance goals and meaures for broadband deployment and to define the departments' roles and...
06/10/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement today in response to a Federal Trade Commission report entitled, "Emerging Health Care Issues: Follow-on Biologic Drug Competition."
06/09/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, "Allowance Allocation Policies in Climate Legislation:  Assisting Consumers, Investing in a Clean Energy Future, and Adapting to Climate Change" on Tuesday June 9, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined allocation policies under the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES).
06/09/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, "It's Too Easy Being Green:  Defining Fair Green Marketing Practices" on Tuesday June 9, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined "green" marketing claims, their interpretation by consumers, and the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in...
06/09/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman, Chairman Emeritus Dingell, Subcommittee Chairman Boucher and Subcommittee Chairman Markey released the written response of FCC Acting Chairman Copps regarding the impact of the recent withdrawal of two petitions for forbearance. Acting Chairman Copps was responding to a committee inquiry from May 15, 2009.
06/09/2009
Press Release
Leaders of the Committees with jurisdiction over health policy briefed members of the House Democratic Caucus on the current framework and timing of health reform efforts in the House of Representatives. The discussion, led by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George...
06/09/2009
Press Release
The House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2751, the "Cash for Clunkers" program by a vote of 298 - 119. This program will help the auto industry while cleaning our air. H.R. 2751 is based on H.R. 1550, introduced by Congresswoman Sutton, and H.R. 520, introduced by Congressman Inslee.
06/08/2009
Press Release
In a letter to President Obama, Chairman Waxman praised the President for his support of generic biologics in the FY 2010 Budget, with a term of exclusivity consistent with that granted to other drugs under Waxman-Hatch. Chairman Waxman urged the President to consider what steps can be taken under current law to prepare and even begin to approve safe and effective generic biologics, in advance of...
06/06/2009
Bill
H.R. 1706 makes unlawful certain drug patent legal agreements in which a generic drug company receives payment or value from a brand-name drug company in exchange for an agreement not to research, develop, manufacture, market, or sell the generic drug.  Violations would be treated as unfair and deceptive acts or practices and as unfair methods of competition under Section 5 of the Federal...
06/05/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Boucher released information about the top recipients of high-cost subsidy dollars from the federal Universal Service Fund.  The information released by the Committee was provided by the Federal Communications Commission in response to an April 1, 2009 letter requesting that the agency provide an update to an earlier data request.
06/04/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, "Commercial Sales of Military Technologies" on Thursday, June 4, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the commercial sales of sensitive technology with military applications and provide the results of a Government Accountability Office investigation on this issue.
06/04/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "Oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)" on Thursday, June 4, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing  examined issues related to ICANN, including the expiring Joint Project Agreement between the Department of Commerce and ICANN, as well as...
06/03/2009
Bill
H.R. 2309 provides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with streamlined authority to issue rules regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices with regard to consumer credit and debt.  It gives the FTC the authority to seek civil penalties for such practices and enables state attorneys general to enforce the FTC’s rules in this area.  In addition, the bill directs the FTC to...
06/03/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the "Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009," on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The purpose of this hearing was to elicit views from FDA and other stakeholders on this legislation.
06/03/2009
Markup
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection met in open markup session on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
06/02/2009
Bill
H.R. 1380, the Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools (HEARTS) Act of 2009, would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to local educational agencies to:  (1) purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in their schools; and/or (2) provide training to meet the grant...
06/02/2009
Press Release
The Energy and Commerce Committee released a summary of the American Clean Energy and Security Act as reported by the Committee on May 21, 2009, by a vote of 33 to 25.  The legislation will create millions of new clean energy jobs, enhance America's energy independence, and protect the environment.
06/02/2009
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg relating to the possible dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in consumer products and food product containers, particularly in infant formula containers and other items used by infants and children.  Chairmen...