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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...
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.