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02/26/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Messing with Success: How CMS’ Attack on the Part D Program Will Increase Costs and Reduce Choices for Seniors.”
02/25/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Joe Pitts to request a hearing on the progress of health research on women and minority groups over the past several decades.  In 1993, Congress first directed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research diseases and conditions that primarily affect...
02/25/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter asking Chairman Fred Upton to reconsider the Committee’s investigation of Accenture Federal Services, the contractor hired to fix and stabilize Healthcare.gov.  Despite no evidence of wrongdoing, the Committee has issued a “massive and unwarranted” request for documents.
02/24/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the announcement by Rep. John Dingell on his retirement from Congress:
02/24/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Supreme Court oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which examines the extent to which greenhouse gas emissions trigger certain permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act:
02/21/2014
Press Release
The Committee on Energy and Commerce Democratic staff released a memorandum on a report from the CMS Office of the Actuary entitled, "Report to Congress on the impact on premiums for individuals and families with employer-sponsored health insurance from the guaranteed issue, guaranteed renewal, and fair health insurance premiums provisions of the Affordable Care Act."
02/20/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that addresses the accuracy of caller location information for all wireless 911 calls:
02/20/2014
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Sen. John McCain and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich responding to their criticisms of Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent speech in Indonesia on the dangers of climate change.  
02/19/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission's announcement that the FCC will reinstate the Open Internet Rules, which had been struck down by the D.C. Circuit earlier this year: 
02/18/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and 35 Democratic members of the California congressional delegation sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield strongly urging them to hold a hearing on the connection between climate change and the severe drought in the West.  
02/18/2014
Press Release
Democratic leadership and the chairs of the committees involved in drafting the Affordable Care Act have joined a brief defending the use of tax credits on federally-run health insurance Marketplaces in the case of Halbig v. Sebelius in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
02/13/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s announcement of its global initiative against infectious diseases: 
02/12/2014
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Tom Harkin, and Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, and Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell urging them to classify electronic cigarettes as cigarettes under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to prevent e-cigarette companies from targeting youth and getting them...
02/11/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Department of Energy Oversight: Status of Clean Coal Programs.”
02/11/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed to a date and time to be determined.  The hearing is entitled  “Lessons Learned from the Broadband Stimulus.”  
02/11/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Oversight Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for releasing its long-awaited permitting guidance for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels.  This guidance clarifies that a company must obtain a permit under the Safe Drinking Water Act (...
02/10/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining Drug Shortages and Recent Efforts to Address Them.”
02/06/2014
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and members of the Safe Climate Caucus will announce today their new initiative to take action to respond to the threat of climate change.  They will discuss the climate change and environmental issues facing Congress and the country in the coming year.
02/06/2014
Press Release
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman today introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would...
02/05/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The was titled “Protecting Consumer Information: Can Data Breaches Be Prevented?
02/05/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining the Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.”   
02/05/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on CVS Caremark’s announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1:
02/04/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Testing of Chemicals and Reporting and Retention of Information under TSCA Sections 4 and 8.”
02/04/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko sent letters to the American Chemistry Council President and Chief Executive Officer Calvin M. Dooley and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Director Andy Igrejas seeking a document identifying areas of agreement for reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (...
02/03/2014
Bill
On February 3, 2014, Ranking Members Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo introduced H.R. 3982, the Open Internet Preservation Act.  The legislation restores the 2010 Open Internet Rules struck down by the D.C. Circuit in January 2014 that prohibit broadband Internet service providers from engaging in discriminatory behavior online or blocking content altogether.  Under the bill, the 2010...
02/03/2014
Press Release
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo introduced H.R. 3982, the Open Internet Preservation Act, with a Senate companion bill to be introduced by Sen. Ed Markey, to protect consumers and innovation online.  Last month, the D.C. Circuit struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules preventing broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against...
01/31/2014
Press Release
Today Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Co-Chairs Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse commented on the State Department release of the final supplemental environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  The statement includes projections of the carbon pollution impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline based on expected values for oil prices, tar sands...
01/30/2014
Press Release
Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a senior Democrat from California, who has played a leading role in the enactment of major health, consumer protection, environmental, telecommunications, and good government laws, released the following statement announcing his decision not to seek reelection to the House this fall:
01/29/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to Neiman Marcus Group President and Chief Executive Officer Karen Katz requesting information and documents on the recent cybersecurity breach affecting Neiman Marcus customers.  The members seek to understand how the attack...
01/28/2014
Bill
H.R. 7, introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), takes unprecedented steps far beyond current law and places restrictions on how women can spend private dollars in purchasing health insurance that covers key women’s health benefits.  The bill effectively bars coverage of key women’s health services in health plans sold in the marketplaces by preventing individuals and...
01/28/2014
Press Release
Today the Democratic Staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee released a fact sheet addressing Republicans’ false claims about H.R. 3826, which would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act to require pollution controls for power plants.  The fact sheet explores six false claims about EPA authority and U.S. efforts to reduce climate...
01/28/2014
Press Release
Today, Ranking House Energy and Commerce Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), U.S. Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Diana DeGette (D-CO), along with Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Ranking House Judiciary Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI),  Ranking House Education and the Workforce Member George Miller (D-CA), Ranking House Ways and Means Member...
01/28/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Tim Murphy to request a hearing on recent reports of an onslaught of telephone scams, particularly targeting employees at work and older Americans.  As fraudulent telephone schemes are on the rise, the members...
01/27/2014
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee began a markup on Monday, January 27, 2014.  The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act,” and • H.R. 2126, the “Better Buildings Act of 2013.” On Monday, January 27, 2014, the Committee convened at 5:15 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building for opening...
01/24/2014
Bill
H.R. 3527, the Poison Center Network Act, reauthorizes three poison control activities, including (1) a national, toll-free number at a funding level of $700,000; (2) a national media campaign at a funding level of $800,000; and (3) grants for the operation of poison control centers at $28.6 million.  The poison control network plays a key role in reducing the number of injuries and deaths...
01/23/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton urging him to protect the Committee's jurisdiction and to consider H.R. 1985, a bill to reauthorize the expired National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), only through the regular Committee process.  Conferees to the farm bill are currently considering including H.R. 1985 in the farm...
01/23/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko sent a letter to Freedom Industries President Gary Southern seeking information and documents related to the potential health and environmental risks posed by the chemicals stored at the company's facility on the Elk River.  The letter also requests...
01/23/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to Target Chair, President, and CEO Gregg Steinhafel urging him to provide documents related to the causes and impacts of the December data breach affecting Target...
01/17/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the release of The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General: 
01/16/2014
Bill
H.R. 3362 would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue detailed weekly reports on the functioning of the health benefit exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.   The reports would contain data on topics including the number of website visits, chat logins, account creations, any problems identified with the website or call centers, as well as actions...
01/16/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “2014: Seeking PPACA Answers.”
01/16/2014
Press Release
Today the Democratic Staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee released a memo to Democratic members and staff comparing current Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment trends to Medicare Part D enrollment trends in 2005 and 2006.  The memo finds that Americans are signing up for health insurance under the ACA at a considerably faster rate than seniors signed up for Medicare Part D.  
01/16/2014
Press Release
Today Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., senior Democrat of House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to four major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC—urging the organizations to avoid glamorizing the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, and potentially influencing...
01/16/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Eastman Chemical Company Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa to request that Eastman release studies on the potential health and environmental effects of exposure to and releases of MCHM.  West Virginia state officials investigating last week’s toxic...
01/16/2014
Press Release
In August 2013, Committee leaders Reps. Upton, Waxman, Walden, and Eshoo wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in request of data regarding funding distribution and reform efforts in the Universal Service Fund (USF).  Excerpt: We are writing to ask that the Commission provide an update to that earlier information request. Since the committee’s last request, the FCC has...
01/15/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “#CommActUpdate: Perspectives from Former FCC Chairmen.”  
01/15/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the meeting between Energy and Commerce Committee staff and representatives of the Tribune Company on the future of the Los Angeles Times: 
01/14/2014
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, hosted representatives from the Alaskan village of Shishmaref to discuss how climate change is threatening their home.  Warming temperatures are contributing to thawing permafrost and melting sea ice around the village’s island, making its shoreline more vulnerable to extreme...
01/14/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the decision issued by the D.C. Circuit in the Verizon v. FCC case regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 Open Internet Order: