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08/02/2013
Press Release
Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today requested data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding funding distribution and reform efforts in the Universal Service Fund (USF). Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Fred Upton, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo, and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman...
08/02/2013
Press Release
Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote on Thursday to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a study of the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch program and the status of the program’s “Generation-3” procurement.  The request builds upon a recent Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing that featured...
08/01/2013
Bill
H.R. 1582 would be more appropriately referred to as the Blocking Public Health Protections Act.  This legislation gives the Department of Energy (DOE) unprecedented authority to override EPA rules that protect human health and the environment from pollution.  While the bill’s supporters claim that H.R. 1582 simply requires additional analysis of EPA rules, in reality the bill...
08/01/2013
Bill
On August 1, 2013, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Reps. Frank Pallone, Lois Capps, Jan Schakowsky, Doris Matsui, Grace Napolitano, and Danny K. Davis, introduced H.R. 2910, the Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Act.  The legislation provides a framework for moving forward in the areas of Internet gun sales, mental health, and gun violence research.  The bill prohibits the...
08/01/2013
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled,  “PPACA Pulse Check.”  
08/01/2013
Press Release
On the day before Republicans cast their 40th vote to repeal key protections against insurance company abuses in the Affordable Care Act, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a memorandum prepared by Democratic Committee staff listing ten ways Republicans have undermined and obstructed implementation of the law.
08/01/2013
Press Release
The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Reps. Fred Upton and Henry A. Waxman, today commended the panel’s thoughtful, comprehensive review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and said that bipartisan collaboration on potential reforms will continue in earnest during the upcoming August district work period.  Upton and Waxman issued the following...
08/01/2013
Press Release
Today President Obama issued an Executive Order to improve the safety and security of the nation’s chemical facilities.  The Executive Order directs the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Labor to establish a Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group to improve coordination between federal, state, and local agencies...
08/01/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced new legislation, H.R. 2910, the “Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Act of 2013.”  The legislation will protect American children and their families from the epidemic of gun violence by banning access to certain weapons, strengthening the Nation's mental health infrastructure...
08/01/2013
Press Release
A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today by House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin revealed a dramatic increase in the rates of doctors pushing patients with prostate cancer toward a...
07/31/2013
Bill
H.R. 2810 is a bipartisan bill introduced by Health Subcommittee Vice Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Full Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts, and Rep. John Dingell on July 24, 2013.  The bill amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal...
07/31/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Oversight of DOE’s Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste.”  
07/31/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the Department to take necessary steps to protect the public from the risk of explosion at the liquefied petroleum gas storage facility owned by Rancho LPG Holdings LLC in San Pedro, California.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
07/30/2013
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup beginning on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.  The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 2810, the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013”; and, • H.R. 2844, the “Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013.” On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Committee convened at 4:00 p...
07/29/2013
Press Release
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room South, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change convened a Climate and Wildfires Forum with Firefighters, State Foresters, and the U.S. Forest Service.
07/26/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released the second fact sheet in the Clean Energy Breakthroughs series, examining emerging energy technologies and their importance to a clean energy economy of the future.  The fact sheet examines two grid-scale energy storage technologies: a compressed air technology and a rechargeable zinc battery. The fact sheet is available online here...
07/25/2013
Bill
Coal ash, the residual waste from coal combustion in power plants or industrial facilities, is disposed of in surface impoundments and landfills. Current disposal practices can pose both catastrophic and chronic risks. H.R. 2218, introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), would do little to ensure the safe disposal of coal ash.  H.R. 2218 weakens current law and blocks EPA from regulating...
07/25/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a markup on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 3675, “Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2013” and, • H.R. 2844, “Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013.” The Subcommittee convened at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn...
07/25/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change welcomed two new House co-chairs - Rep. Bobby L. Rush and Rep. Earl Blumenauer - and the transition of Sen. Ed Markey to his new capacity as a Senate co-chair.   
07/24/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 9:45 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled,  “The U.S. – E.U. Free Trade Agreement: Tipping Over the Regulatory Barriers.”
07/24/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Department of Energy Oversight: What is Necessary to Improve Project Management and Mission Performance?”
07/24/2013
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman spoke (via video) at an event hosted by the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists on July 24-25, 2013, in Los Angeles. The topic was "Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking."  The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists hosted this forum in partnership with the Emmett Center on...
07/23/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Oversight of Incentive Auction Implementation.”
07/23/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a two-day hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, and Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  The Subcommittee convened at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for the first two panels.  The Subcommittee reconvened for the third panel on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The...
07/23/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on a request from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for public input regarding potential regulatory action on the public health risks posed by menthol cigarettes:
07/22/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Health held a markup beginning on Monday, July 22, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R.2810, the "Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013 " On Monday, July 22, 2013, the Subcommittee convened at 5:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building for opening statements only.  It reconvened on Tuesday, July 23,...
07/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Implementation in the Wake of Administrative Delay.” In preparation for this hearing, on July 3, 2013, Republican members of the Committee sent a letter to Treasury Secretary...
07/18/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Reporting Data Breaches: Is Federal Legislation Needed to Protect Consumers?”
07/18/2013
Press Release
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today released an updated advanced legislative framework to replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system with a fair and stable system of physician payment in the Medicare program. The draft legislation is the result of a careful and bipartisan process that sought and considered feedback from both lawmakers and stakeholder organizations....
07/17/2013
Bill
Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced H.R. 698, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act.  This is a bipartisan bill that directs the federal Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to allow the transplantation of human organs infected with HIV into individuals already infected with the HIV virus. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services would be required to establish guidelines...
07/17/2013
Bill
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires all companies that employ more than 50 workers to provide health benefits to their employees by 2014 or pay a penalty.  H.R. 2667 would delay this requirement until 2015.  On July 17, 2013, the House debated and passed this bill by a vote of 264 - 161.
07/17/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a letter from some of our nation’s leading economists highlighting the importance of the individual responsibility requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is critical to expanding coverage and lowering costs.  As the letter makes clear, an individual responsibility requirement to maintain basic health insurance coverage is...
07/17/2013
Press Release
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman spoke on the House floor today in support of the Affordable Care Act and the employer-mandate, urging a No vote on H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act.
07/16/2013
Bill
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced H.R. 2186 on May 23, 2013, following the Committee's investigation into a fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections produced by a compounding pharmacy.  The legislation provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with sole regulatory authority over compounding pharmacies that engage in interstate commerce and high-risk...
07/16/2013
Bill
  On July 16, 2013, the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a legislative hearing to discuss three legislative proposals released in the aftermath of the September 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis associated with injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) produced by the New England Compounding Center.  S. 959, the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and...
07/16/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Reforming the Drug Compounding Regulatory Framework.”  
07/16/2013
Markup
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup beginning on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.  The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 1582, Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013; • H.R. 1900, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act; • H.R. 83, a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the...
07/15/2013
Press Release
In the wake of the recent Santa Monica shootings, Rep. Henry A. Waxman today convened a forum in Santa Monica to explore issues related to gun violence and mental health. 
07/15/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released new reports and an interactive map on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in every congressional district in the country.  These reports provide the first picture of the impacts of the law in districts redrawn or newly created following the 2010 Census.   They show that millions of Americans are...
07/15/2013
Press Release
A report released today by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) revealed a dramatic increase in the rates of doctors ordering anatomic pathology tests and procedures when...
07/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled,  “Improving FCC Process.” 
07/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation."
07/11/2013
Press Release
Continuing its bipartisan review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released the fifth and final white paper in a series that examine a number of issues emerging with the current system. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) are leading this effort to review the law and its implementation...
07/10/2013
Press Release
Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science at the State Department, urging the Department to correct significant mistakes in the analysis of the climate impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse write that the draft Supplemental...
07/10/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will award grants to community health centers throughout the nation to help Americans benefit from the Affordable Care Act:
07/10/2013
Press Release
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a Dear Colleague letter urging a No Vote on the Culberson Amendment to H.R. 2609.  The amendment claims that carbon pollution is zero and produces no harm and no costs. 
07/10/2013
Press Release
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 18, 2013, titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  Implementation in the Wake of Administrative Delay.”  In preparation for this hearing, Republican members of the Committee sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew seeking information on the decision to delay the Affordable...
07/09/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearingwas titled, “Cyber Espionage and the Theft of U.S. Intellectual Property and Technology.”
07/09/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing focused on H.R. 1900, "Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act."
07/09/2013
Markup
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup beginning on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.  The Subcommittee considered the following: • H.R. 1582, the “Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013”; • H.R. 1900, the “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act”; and • H.R. 83, "a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to...