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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...
05/26/2009
Press Release
Chair Emeritus John D. Dingell, Chairs Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, and Bart Stupak, and Reps. Diana DeGette and Betty Sutton released a discussion draft of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009.
05/22/2009
Press Release
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2454, "The American Clean Energy and Security Act," by a vote of 33 to 25.  This legislation is a comprehensive approach to America's energy policy that charts a new course towards a clean energy economy.
05/21/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee concluded markup of the bill on Thursday, May 20, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Transcript of the Full Committee Markup of H.R. 2454, Day 4 Summary of Action Taken During the Full Committee Markup, Day 4 Summary of all actions on H.R. 2454 Amendments Offered During Markup Amendment - Rep. Space:  Agreed to by a voice vote Amendment - Rep. Upton:  Not agreed to...
05/20/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee continued markup of the bill on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Transcript of the Full Committee Markup of H.R. 2454, Day 3 Summary of Action Taken During the Full Committee Markup, Day 3 Summary of all actions on H.R. 2454 Amendments Offered During Markup Amendment - Rep. Stearns:  Not agreed to by a recorded vote, 26 - 30 Amendment - Rep. Green:...
05/19/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee continued markup of H.R. 2454, the "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.
05/18/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on, "Auto Safety:  Current Mandates and Emerging Issues," on Monday, May 18, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the status of existing congressional mandates on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as emerging issues in vehicle, highway, passenger,...
05/18/2009
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee began markup of H.R. 2454, the "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m.
05/15/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Markey released a document summarizing how the emission allowances will be allocated in the current version of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
05/15/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced "H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act."  The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin markup of the bill on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and will complete consideration before the Memorial Day recess.
05/15/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman, Chairman Emeritus Dingell, Subcommittee Chairman Boucher and Subcommittee Chairman Markey sent a letter to FCC Acting Chairman Copps requesting information about the impact of the recent withdrawal of two petitions for forbearance.  Specifically, the committee asked for details regarding Commission resources that were expended in considering these two petitions prior to...
05/13/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey, and Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell released the details of an agreement on allocation of allowances to the automobile industry under the proposed terms of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
05/13/2009
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Edward J. Markey, Rep. John D. Dingell, Rep. Rick Boucher, Rep. Bart Gordon, and Rep. Mike Doyle released the details of an agreement on a Combined Efficiency and Renewable Electricity Standard that will reduce global warming pollution, create clean energy jobs, and save consumers money.  
05/13/2009
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Edward J. Markey, Rep. Mike Doyle, and Rep. Jay Inslee released the details of an agreement on a major provision for the allocation of allowances to major energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries under the proposed terms of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
05/12/2009
Bill
H.R. 1346, the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009, overturns the 2008 Supreme Court decision that eliminated the right of Americans injured by certain medical devices to bring state product liability lawsuits.  The legislation clarifies the intent of Congress in the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 by explicitly stating that actions for damages under state law are preserved. On May 12, 2009...
05/12/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on H.R. 1346, the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009 on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  H.R. 1346 would overturn a 2008 Supreme Court decision that, for the first time, denied patients injured by certain medical devices the right to seek compensation through state product liability lawsuits.
05/12/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2309, the Consumer Credit and Debt Protection Act and H.R. 2190, the Mercury Pollution Reduction Act on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
05/11/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bart Stupak, and Subcommittee on Health Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., wrote to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting the agency to reexamine its decision in December to approve a medical device manufactured by ReGen Biologics, Inc. over the objection of FDA scientists.
05/07/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "An Examination of Competition in the Wireless Industry" on Thursday, May 7, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.   The hearing examined  issues related to the status of wireless competition in the United States.
05/05/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on, "H.R­­. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act and H.R. 1319, the Informed P2P User Act," on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
05/05/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey, Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell, Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Congressman Jay Inslee, and Congressman Bart Stupak reached an agreement on a "Cash for Clunkers" program that will help the auto industry while cleaning our air. This agreement is based on H.R. 1550, introduced by Congresswoman Sutton, and H.R. 520,...
05/05/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the nominations of CPSC Chairman and Commissioner.
05/04/2009
Press Release
Four House and Senate committee and subcommittee chairmen sent a letter to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board requesting an examination of whether Bayer CropScience's continued use of the highly toxic chemical, methyl isocyanate (MIC), can be justified in light of ongoing health and safety risks to company employees, emergency first responders, and the public.
05/01/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, "The Bowl Championship Series:  Money and Other Issues of Fairness for Publicly Financed Universities" on Friday, May 1, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined issues of competitive fairness and the extent to which public colleges and universities are adversely...
05/01/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, “Cybersecurity: Network Threats and Policy Changes,” on Friday, May 1, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined threats to critical infrastructure, including communications networks, power grids, and governmental information systems. The hearing was chaired by Subcommittee...
04/30/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, “Swine Flu Outbreak and the U.S. Federal Response,” on Thursday, April 30, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the recent outbreak of swine flu and the next steps for a federal response at the Department of Health and Human Services.
04/29/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey sent a letter to Ranking Members Barton and Upton regarding their request for an additional day of hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
04/27/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, "Examining the Status of U.S. Trade with Cuba and its Impact on Economic Growth" on Monday, April 27, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing examined the economic embargo against Cuba in the context of the global financial downturn and explore the potential economic impact of...
04/27/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey sent the following memorandum to members of the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the Subcommittee markup schedule.
04/27/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey sent a letter to Ranking Members Barton and Upton in response to a letter regarding hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
04/24/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment continued its hearings on "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," on Friday, April 24, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
04/23/2009
Hearing
This was the third in four days of legislative hearings on the discussion draft of “The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.” The hearings will examine the views of the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders on the discussion draft.
04/23/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing on April 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled "Communications Networks and Consumer Privacy: Recent Developments."
04/22/2009
Hearing
This is the second in four days of legislative hearings on the discussion draft of “The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”  The hearings examined the views of the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders on the discussion draft. Documents Chairman Henry A. Waxman's Opening Statement, as prepared for delivery.  Discussion Draft of “The...
04/22/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, "H.R. 847, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act" on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  This hearing examined H.R. 847, the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2009.  This bill would establish first responder and community treatment and monitoring programs to help people...
04/21/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, “Secrecy in the Response to Bayer’s Fatal Chemical Plant Explosion,” at 12:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.
04/21/2009
Hearing
This hearing was the first day of a four-day legislative hearing on the discussion draft of “The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009.”  The hearings examined the views of the Obama Administration and a broad range of stakeholders on the discussion draft. A summary of the ACES discussion draft is available here.  A full transcript of the hearing is available...
04/21/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee announced that the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold four days of legislative hearings on the discussion draft of “The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”
04/20/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released a statement in response to EPA's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare.   "The EPA announcement confirms what science has told us - global warming pollution poses a grave threat to the nation's public healthand welfare.  EPA is legally compelled to take action and I commend them for complying with...
04/09/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Boucher requested information from manufacturers and retailers of TV converter boxes to determine whether there will be an adequate supply of coupon-eligible converter boxes to meet demand during the transition to digital television.
04/08/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff regarding New York Regional Interconnection's plan to build a 190-mile transmission line in New York State.
04/03/2009
Press Release
Chaiman Henry Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey wrote to President Obama, urging him to work towards regulating hydroflurocarbons, which are extremely potent greenhouse gases.
04/02/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, ‘Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Broadband,’ at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The subcommittee examined issues related to the broadband programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including...
04/02/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, “Making Health Care Work for American Families: Saving Money, Saving Lives” on Thursday, April 2, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
04/02/2009
Press Release
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by a vote of 298 to 112. 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.