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11/19/2013
Bill
H.R. 3303, as introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), would create a newly defined category of “medical software” that is not a medical device but would require FDA to continue to regulate the "medical software" like devices.  The bill also would remove FDA’s jurisdiction over a newly defined category of “clinical software” and “health...
11/19/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Security of HealthCare.gov.”  
11/19/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Examining Federal Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps and Other Health Software.”
11/19/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Rep. John D. Dingell sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Tim Murphy to condemn the process by which the Committee is conducting the investigation into the readiness and security of the Healthcare.gov website.  Republicans on the Committee failed...
11/15/2013
Bill
H.R. 3350 was introduced on October 28, 2013, by Committee Chairman Fred Upton and a host of Republican members of the Committee.  The legislation would continue to allow health insurers to sell plans that exclude applicants based upon pre-existing conditions, charge women a higher insurance premium for the same coverage as men, set annual caps on benefits, and raise premiums if...
11/15/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health hearing scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2013, was rescheduled and held on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Reviewing FDA’s Implementation of FDASIA.”
11/15/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Our Nation of Builders: Training the Builders of the Future.”
11/15/2013
Press Release
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule setting out Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets for 2014, which attempts to address concerns with the RFS for the upcoming year.  The Energy and Commerce Committee, through a series of bipartisan white papers and hearings, has carefully explored emerging issues...
11/14/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “EPA’s Proposed GHG Standards for New Power Plants and H.R. __, Whitfield-Manchin Legislation.”
11/14/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The Impact of Patent Assertion Entities on Innovation and the Economy.”
11/14/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Obamacare Implementation Problems: More than Just a Broken Website.”  In addition, the Subcommittee discussed H.R. 3362, a bill to require transparency in the operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges.  
11/13/2013
Bill
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Hoyer introduced H.R. 2094 on May 22, 2013, with bipartisan support.  They introduced similar legislation (H.R. 3627) in the 112th Congress. H.R. 2094 amends provisions of the Children’s Asthma Treatment Grants Program to provide for an additional preference to states that allow trained school personnel to administer...
11/13/2013
Bill
On May 22, 2013, Senators Frank Lautenberg and David Vitter introduced S. 1009, the "Chemical Safety Improvement Act," a bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  TSCA was enacted in 1976 to address the public health risk of chemicals used in commerce.  TSCA requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze new chemicals for their safety and...
11/13/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 2013, was rescheduled and held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Challenges and Opportunities in the 5GHz Spectrum Band.”
11/13/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “S. 1009, Chemical Safety Improvement Act.”
11/13/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “H.R. 1518, a bill to amend the Horse Protection Act.”
11/13/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, released new state-by-state data on Americans’ views on climate change.  The new polling data shows how Americans in different states view the issue of climate change and specific policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.  The data was prepared by Stanford University...
11/12/2013
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 hear from experts about the relationship between climate change and extreme storms causing immense damage, like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 
11/12/2013
Press Release
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change will host Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick to discuss Americans' opinions on climate change.  Professor Krosnick will present new data on the opinions of people living in nearly all U.S. states on key questions related to the existence, causes, and threat of climate change, whether actions should be taken to...
11/04/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg warning that electronic cigarette companies are targeting young smokers with the same advertising and marketing practices that major cigarette...
11/01/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Administration’s Executive Order on Climate Preparedness:
11/01/2013
Press Release
The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change strongly supports the executive order issued by President Obama today to enhance climate preparedness and resilience for the United States.  This order firmly grounds Administration policy in the realities of climate science and acknowledges the variety of challenges that our country will face in coming years due to increasing erratic and dangerous...
10/31/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Chairman Fred Upton released the following joint statement on the Medicare physician payment proposal announced by the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee:
10/30/2013
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “PPACA Implementation Failures: Answers from HHS.”
10/30/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Tom Wheeler and Mike O'Rielly:
10/29/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.    The hearing focused on H.R. 3301, the “North American Energy Infrastructure Act.”
10/29/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities.”
10/28/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on Rep. Whitfield's legislation, which would block EPA's efforts to reduce carbon emissions from power plants:
10/28/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the newly announced Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy:
10/25/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, asking her to finalize the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long overdue guidance for permitting hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels.  In 2005, Congress...
10/24/2013
Hearing
The Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose?”
10/23/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “The Evolution of Wired Communications Networks.”
10/23/2013
Press Release
Today the Democratic Staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee released a memo to Democratic members and staff that provides context for the ongoing Affordable Care Act website problems by reviewing the initial months of implementation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit in 2005.
10/21/2013
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 a hearing on the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which finds that warming of the climate system is “unequivocal” and that humans are the primary driver of the warming....
10/15/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and the Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee joined together in a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner to warn of the impact the Republicans’ government shutdown is having on programs within the Committee’s jurisdiction.  The shutdown is causing widespread disruptions in federal programs relating to health, consumer...
10/10/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released a memo to Democratic Committee members describing one dangerous consequence of the Republican shutdown of the government:  the expiration of the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) program.  As the result of this expiration, there are no legally binding regulations in place to protect the nation...
10/10/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner calling to his attention the impact the Republicans' government shutdown is having on efforts to prevent and eliminate disease outbreaks.   Both the Centers for...
10/09/2013
Press Release
Today the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, and Sen. Edward J. Markey, sent a letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer to commend their Risky Business initiative, which will assess the potential impacts of climate...
10/07/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Calvin M. Dooley questioning whether the ACC has abandoned its 2009 principles for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The 2009 principles indicated that the ACC understood the serious shortcomings in the law and suggested a willingness to making constructive changes to...
10/07/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton urging the Committee to correct a series of inaccurate statements made last week on the Affordable Care Act Navigator program.  The Committee Republicans’ blog posts and press releases made inaccurate statements about ACA “Navigators go[ing] door to door” and groups...
10/04/2013
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Time Warner Cable Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Glenn A. Britt regarding an email sent by a Time Warner Cable lobbyist to House and Senate Republican staff that says, “next time you think about helping the broadcasters – particularly the networks – read this.…”  The lobbyist then linked to an article...
10/01/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the first day of the federal government shutdown:
09/27/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
09/27/2013
Press Release
Leaders from the House committee overseeing health policy today introduced legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain.  The Drug Quality and Security Act, H.R. 3204, was introduced in the House by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and cosponsored by Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Joe Pitts, Frank Pallone, Jr., Tim...
09/26/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new draft report issued by the Department of State on U.S. actions to address climate change:
09/26/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller calling on him to reject an application by AES to repower the Redondo Beach power plant, instead urging him to work with AES and the local community on a plan for site redevelopment.  The Redondo Beach power plant cannot continue to operate as...
09/26/2013
Press Release
Following new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing a dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes among children and youth, twelve members of Congress today called on nine e-cigarette makers to provide additional information regarding the sale, distribution, labeling, and marketing of their products to children and teens.  Currently, e-cigarettes are...
09/25/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the new report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on premiums and competition in the health insurance marketplace in 2014:
09/25/2013
Press Release
Leaders from the Senate and House committees overseeing health policy today announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain. This legislation, the Drug Quality and Security Act, reflects a bipartisan, bicameral effort to improve drug safety and help prevent a future public health crisis...