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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:
01/13/2014
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup beginning on Monday, January 13, 2014.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act.” On Monday, January 13, 2014, the Subcommittee convened at 4:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.  It reconvened on Tuesday, January 14,...
01/13/2014
Press Release
Tomorrow morning Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, will host 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...
01/13/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Chairman John Shimkus urging him to hold a hearing to examine regulatory gaps exposed by last week’s toxic chemical spill in West Virginia.  Although Freedom Industries was storing thousands of gallons of a potentially toxic chemical near the Elk River, state...
01/09/2014
Bill
H.R. 2279 was introduced on June 6, 2013, by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO).  As introduced, H.R. 2279 includes two significant provisions.  First, the bill weakens the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by removing a requirement to review regulations every three years.  Second, the bill erects procedural obstacles to promulgating financial responsibility regulations...
01/09/2014
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The Extenders Policies: What Are They and How Should They Continue Under a Permanent SGR Repeal Landscape?”  
01/09/2014
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released a memo with information from both Committees’ investigations of the security of Healthcare.gov.  The memo reports that there have been no successful breaches of the Healthcare.gov...
01/07/2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus urging him to postpone floor consideration of H.R. 2279, which would dramatically weaken the Superfund law by wasting limited resources and letting polluters escape responsibility for the pollution they caused.  If enacted, the number of dangerous...
01/06/2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori regarding the onerous conditions the Tribune Company is placing on the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers as part of its corporate restructuring.   In the letter, Rep. Waxman writes, “The newspaper unit could potentially be forced to borrow several hundred million dollars to...
12/31/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a new report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The new report finds that contrary to claims by Republican critics, five million Americans will not lose coverage in 2014 due to the ACA.  Even if one assumes the reported number of initial cancellations is accurate, the number of individuals who are unable to renew pre-ACA coverage, enroll in...
12/20/2013
Bill
H.R. 3588, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), amends the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 to exclude fire hydrants from requirements for reduced lead content while requiring EPA to seek advice from the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee on ways to reduce lead exposure from drinking water distribution systems, including components used to...
12/20/2013
Press Release
As the Obama Administration continues its process of determining whether to approve the development of the Keystone XL pipeline, a group of 21 U.S. Senators and Representatives are raising concerns about reports that U.S. trade negotiators are advocating for weaker international regulations on the tar sands crude oil that the pipeline would transport.  In a letter led by Rep. Henry A. Waxman...
12/20/2013
Press Release
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, released a report summarizing the anti-environment voting record of the U.S. House of Representatives in first session of the 113th Congress.  The report found that the Republican-led House voted for the anti-environment position 109 times in 2013, including 51 votes to benefit the oil and gas industry at...
12/19/2013
Press Release
Following recent reports that John Podesta may be primed to push for “aggressive executive action on climate change” in his new role as White House counselor, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change today released a white paper recommending concrete steps the Department of the Interior (DOI) should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan. 
12/19/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori expressing concerns about the Tribune Company’s future plans for the Los Angeles Times.  The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country, serving as the primary source of news for millions of people in Southern California. 
12/18/2013
Press Release
Today Reps. Peter DeFazio and Henry A. Waxman, ranking members on the House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on Energy and Commerce, respectively, requested a joint hearing on the issue of seismic activity induced by the underground injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing activities. In a letter to Chairmen Doc Hastings and Fred Upton, the members cite the increased...
12/18/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to South Coast Air Quality Management District Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein to request that the agency investigate reports of high levels of ultrafine particle pollution around Santa Monica Airport (SMO).  A study released last week from scientists at UCLA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) suggested that ultrafine particle levels...
12/17/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield requesting that the Committee hold hearings on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
12/13/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette released a memo to Democratic Committee members regarding the security of Healthcare.gov.  In a classified briefing two days ago, HHS officials revealed that there have been no successful security attacks on Healthcare.gov and that no person or group...
12/12/2013
Bill
After the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979, Congress and the Carter Administration developed and approved the Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1980, which established the basic responsibilities and authorities of the Chairman and Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  The Reorganization Plan explicitly vests the Chairman with the authority to respond to a nuclear emergency...
12/12/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.”