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09/17/2013
Press Release
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, the Safe Climate Caucus convened a forum to hear from individuals who have experienced first-hand the serious impacts of climate change.  Several speakers shared their stories, including a Texas rancher who discussed the impact of the extreme drought; a New York resident who lived through Superstorm Sandy;...
09/16/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the decision by Cardon Outreach to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act's navigators program and return the federal grant funds:
09/16/2013
Press Release
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Diana DeGette, Frank Pallone, Jr., and John D. Dingell sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg to urge the FDA to act quickly to regulate electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes.”  A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found that the percentage of adolescents using e-cigarettes is...
09/13/2013
Press Release
Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman invited Republican members of the Committee to attend a forum, hosted by the Safe Climate Caucus, on the impacts of climate change.   Members will have an opportunity to hear from individuals who have experienced first-hand the serious costs of climate change, including hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, floods, and rising...
09/12/2013
Bill
H.R. 2775 is designed to mislead American families about the financial assistance that is available to them when they shop for health insurance in the new marketplaces.  The premise of this bill is a deliberate distortion of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) actions to establish an effective eligibility verification system.  HHS has already confirmed to Congress the...
09/12/2013
Press Release
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman joined twelve members of the California congressional delegation to send a letter to Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn to urge the FCC to investigate why 9-1-1 calls made from wireless phones in California are increasingly failing to connect location information with 9-1-1 operators.
09/12/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change hosted a forum with agriculture and renewable energy leaders to discuss climate change and its impact on agriculture.  Agriculture is critical to the U.S. economy and is acutely vulnerable to climate change. 
09/11/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Innovation Versus Regulation in the Video Marketplace.”
09/10/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “PPACA Pulse Check: Part 2.”
09/10/2013
Hearing
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled, “Implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act – Next Steps.”  
09/10/2013
Press Release
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcement that wireless carriers have reached an agreement to resolve the lack of interoperability in the 700 MHz band:
09/09/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul D. Tonko sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and John Shimkus requesting a hearing to examine recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, including reports that radioactive wastewater and groundwater may be flowing into the Pacific Ocean at a rate...
08/30/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton raising strong objections to his investigation into civic and community-based organizations that have received Navigator grants to help the uninsured sign up for benefits under the new health care law.  
08/21/2013
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Edward J. Markey sent a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging him to extend the tenure of Marco Gonzales as Executive Secretary of the Montreal Protocol through 2015.  His leadership is crucial as the parties consider a proposal to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Protocol.  In 2009, the United States, Mexico, and...
08/20/2013
Press Release
Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Manhattan Beach Mayor David J. Lesser yesterday to offer guidance from federal resources on the health risks posed by styrene, as the Manhattan Beach City Council considers a proposed ban on polystyrene food service containers.  The updated Report on Carcinogens, released in 2011 in accordance with recommendations from the Department of Health and Human...
08/09/2013
Bill
H.R. 267, introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), John Dingell (D-MI), and others, is bipartisan legislation to facilitate the development of small hydropower and conduit projects and study the feasibility of a streamlined two-year permitting process for other low-impact development.  The bill passed the House on February 13, 2013 with a roll call vote of 422...
08/09/2013
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order to reduce the high cost of prison phone calls for incarcerated individuals and their families: 
08/07/2013
Press Release
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman wrote a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to urge her to consider expert recommendations for protecting minors from the dangers of ultraviolet lamps used for tanning, including an age restriction for tanning.
08/06/2013
Press Release
Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending 20 concrete steps the Department of Energy should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan.  The recommendations include strengthening specific energy efficiency standards, accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, expanding the use of energy savings...
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....