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03/31/2009
Bill
H.R. 1253, the Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009, amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code to require that, with regard to limitations on benefits for individuals enrolled in the plan:  (1) the limitations are explicit and clear; (2) the limitations have been disclosed to the...
03/31/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, ‘Making Health Care Work for American Families: The Role of Public Health’ at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. This was the fourth in a series of hearings that provide an overview of key health reform issues.
03/31/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1706, Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2009, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
03/31/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee today released a draft of clean energy legislation that will create jobs, help end our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and combat global warming. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) is a comprehensive approach to America's energy...
03/30/2009
Bill
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2010 amends the Public Health Service Act to (1) expand the newborns and infants hearing loss program to include diagnostic services among the services provided; and (2) require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in the recruitment, retention, education, and training of qualified personnel and health care...
03/30/2009
Bill
H.R. 20, the Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act, encourages the Secretary of HHS, the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to coordinate activities and continue aggressive work with respect to postpartum depression and...
03/30/2009
Bill
The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is the only federal program that focuses specifically on improving the pediatric components of emergency medical care.  The EMSC Program provides grants to states to improve existing Early Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems and to schools of medicine to develop and evaluate improved procedures and protocols for treating...
03/30/2009
Bill
H.R. 756, the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009, would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of HHS to:  (1) contract with the Institute of Medicine to convene a national conference on pain; (2) to support programs to educate and train health professionals in pain care; and (3) to implement a national pain care education, outreach, and awareness campaign. ...
03/27/2009
Press Release
On March 4, 2009, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1256, the ‘Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act,’ by a vote of 39 to 13. This legislation will give FDA the authority to prevent the dangerous and all-too prevalent marketing and sales of tobacco to children.
03/27/2009
Press Release
Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Jr., and Shelley Berkley released a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the need for nationwide data on the risk of healthcare associated infections in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). Recent cases in which large numbers of patients were potentially exposed to serious infections, including HIV and hepatitis, have elevated the...
03/27/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Emeritus John Dingell, and Subcommittee Chairmen Edward J. Markey and Rick Boucher sent a letter to President Obama regarding their commitment to work together to pass comprehensive energy legislation. The text of the letter follows.
03/26/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, ‘Oversight of the Digital Television Transition’ at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the administration of the DTV Converter Box Coupon Program by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), outreach and...
03/26/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, “Institutional Review Boards that Oversee Experimental Human Testing for Profit” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined whether institutional review boards (IRBs) and the federal government are adequately protecting human subjects of biomedical...
03/25/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled “Preparing for Climate Change: Adaptation Policies and Programs” at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing examined ongoing adaptation efforts, both domestically and internationally, and potential policies in climate change legislation that could assist in climate...
03/25/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Boucher wrote to FCC Acting Chairman Copps to urge that the FCC consider the role of spectrum management in the congressionally mandated national broadband plan.  In an age in which broadband services are increasingly reliant on wireless networks, a coordinated and comprehensive spectrum strategy is vital.  Update: FCC responded on April 9, 2009.
03/24/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, ‘Consumer Credit and Debt: The Role of the Federal Trade Commission in Protecting the Public’ at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
03/24/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, ‘Making Health Care Work for American Families: Improving Access to Care’ at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in access to health care, and the role of the healthcare workforce in addressing these disparities, with particular...
03/19/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled, ‘The Salmonella Outbreak: The Role of Industry in Protecting the Nation‘s Food Supply,’ at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing examined the actions and obligations of manufacturers and retailers that purchased tainted peanut products from the Peanut...
03/18/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled ‘Competitiveness and Climate Policy: Avoiding Leakage of Jobs and Emissions’ at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing addressed potential domestic legislative provisions to prevent the leakage of jobs and carbon emissions from the United States to countries that do not...
03/17/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, ‘Making Health Care Work for American Families: Ensuring Affordable Coverage’ at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing was the second in a series of hearings that will provide an overview of key health reform issues.
03/17/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, ‘Stimulating the Economy through Trade: Examining the Role of Export Promotion’ at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the role of exports in U.S. economic growth, the impact of export promotion programs sponsored by the federal government...
03/14/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the nominations of FDA Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. ‘President Obama today announced the nomination of Dr. Margaret Hamburg to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the appointment of Dr. Josh Sharfstein to be the Deputy Commissioner. This is a team that has strong public health credentials and...
03/13/2009
Press Release
The Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bart Stupak announced an investigation into the August 28, 2008, explosion at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, West Virginia. The Oversight Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, to examine the causes of the accident, the adequacy of the...
03/12/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, ‘Universal Service: Reforming the High-Cost Fund’ at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined aspects of the Universal Service Fund, possible reforms to the High Cost program, and the growing demand for advanced services including broadband...
03/12/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled ‘Consumer Protection Provisions in Climate Legislation’ at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined proposals designed to assist consumers under a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
03/11/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing titled, “How Do We Fix Our Ailing Food Safety System?” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing explored some of the key concepts that could be included in a model food safety bill.
03/11/2009
Press Release
Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Nathan Deal, and Jo Ann Emerson introduced H.R. 1427, the “Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act,” a bipartisan bill to allow the Food and Drug Administration to approve affordable copies of biotech drugs. Biotech drugs, while often life-saving, are the fastest growing and most expensive components of the nation’s...
03/11/2009
Press Release
Chairs Henry A. Waxman, Charles B. Rangel, and George Miller sent a letter to President Obama regarding their commitment to work together to pass national health reform. The text of the letter follows.
03/10/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, ‘The Future of Coal Under Climate Legislation’ at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing addressed the future of coal under an economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions, including the technologies and policies that may help reduce coal‘s carbon footprint.
03/10/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health kicked off a series of hearings on “Making Health Care Work for American Families” with a hearing titled, “Designing a High Performing Healthcare System” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing explored options for making the health system work better and for designing a high performing...
03/09/2009
Press Release
Reps. Waxman, Rangel, Stark, Pallone, and Dingell wrote to CMS to commend them on reforms to Medicare Advantage and Part D programs begun under President Obama and to urge that CMS expand reforms that would help protect beneficiaries and taxpayers.
03/05/2009
Bill
Rep. Bart Syupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 1359, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2009, on March 5, 2009.  This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an ultimate user who has lawfully obtained a controlled substance to deliver that substance to another person, without being registered, for the purpose of disposal if (1) the person receiving the substance is...
03/05/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, ‘The Role of Offsets in Climate Legislation’ at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing addressed the potential role of offsets as a cost-containment mechanism in a U.S. cap-and-trade program.
03/05/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, ‘Consumer Protection in the Used and Subprime Car Market’ at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing explored the current state of consumer protection in the auto market, with particular attention to purchases by lower income individuals.
03/05/2009
Press Release
U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today introduced legislation in the House that will reverse a U.S. Supreme Court decision that denies injured patients the ability to seek compensation for their injuries and gives medical device makers blanket immunity.
03/04/2009
Bill
H.R. 914, the Physician Workforce Enhancement Act of 2009, amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to establish a program that provides loans for residency training programs to public or nonprofit hospitals that do not have residency programs and meet other...
03/04/2009
Markup
The Committee held a business meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, to mark up several measures relating to the protection of public health that passed the House with bipartisan support under suspension in the 110th Congress. Opening Statement of Chairman Waxman, as prepared for delivery. Transcript
03/04/2009
Press Release
U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, praised the Supreme Court's decision today which preserved the right of patients injured by FDA-approved drugs to seek compensation through lawsuits against drug makers.
03/03/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone announced that the first in a series of health reform hearings the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold over the next several months will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. The first hearing will explore options for making the health system work better and for designing a high performing healthcare system.
03/02/2009
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifying several factors that limit FDA‘s ability to protect consumers from unsafe dietary supplements. These factors are limits on FDA‘s authority to obtain information about dietary supplements on the market,...
02/27/2009
Press Release
Committee Chair Waxman and Subcommittee Chair Stupak wrote to the FDA and Eli Lilly regarding the removal of Dr. Sanjay Kaul from an FDA advisory committee on prasugrel. According to press reports, the removal occurred after Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of the drug, contacted FDA officials with concerns over Kaul‘s criticism of the drug.
02/26/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a hearing titled, ‘Renewable Energy: Complementary Policies for Climate Legislation’ at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Electricity generated by renewable resources, such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal, will play a crucial role in reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing...
02/26/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing titled, ‘Revisiting the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976’ at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing addressed critical gaps in the statute and explore how these gaps hinder effective chemical safety policy in the United States.
02/26/2009
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement after President Obama released his budget outline.
02/24/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a hearing titled, "Reauthorization of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act" at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The Committee is required to reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act by the end of the year.
02/24/2009
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment held a hearing titled, ‘Energy Efficiency: Complementary Polices for Climate Legislation’ at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. As Congress crafts comprehensive climate and energy legislation, it is critical to understand the vital role of energy efficiency in achieving climate change and...
02/19/2009
Press Release
Chairman Waxman and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Stupak wrote to Schering-Plough and Merck, the companies developing Vytorin, to request further information regarding two studies on the drug. The monitoring boards for the studies released their data to Schering-Plough and Merck before the conclusion of the studies upon the request of those companies.
02/17/2009
Bill
H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), contains a broad range of appropriations, tax, unemployment, health, state fiscal relief, and other provisions designed to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, assist those most affected by the recession, and provide investments in infrastructure and technological advances in science and health.  The bill...
02/13/2009
Press Release
Chairman Henry A. Waxman spoke on the House floor today in support of the economic recovery package. The House of Representatives approved the measure with a vote of 246 to 183.