Committee Continues Bipartisan Review of Renewable Fuel Standard with Examination of Agricultural Impacts
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its bipartisan review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), releasing today the second in a series of white papers examining 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 and are soliciting input from interested stakeholders. The white paper released today addresses the impacts of the RFS on the nation’s agricultural sector.
Democratic Leaders Introduce Legislation to Save Taxpayers More Than $140 Billion in Medicare Drug Costs
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Sander M. Levin, George Miller, Jim McDermott, and Robert E. Andrews introduced the Medicare Drug Savings Act. The legislation reduces Medicare Part D drug costs to taxpayers by requiring drug manufacturers to provide rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that this bill will provide $141 billion in savings over the next decade. A companion bill is being introduced by Sen. Rockefeller and 18 other members of the Senate. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that this bill will provide $141 billion in savings over the next decade.
Today the Democratic Staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee released a supplemental memo in advance of Tuesday’s Oversight and Investigations hearing titled, “A Continuing Investigation into the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak and Whether It Could Have Been Prevented.” In preparation for this hearing, the Committee received over 27,000 pages of documents from the FDA dating from 2002 to 2012. The 15-page memo details key findings related to FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies generally and the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in particular.
Democratic Committee Leaders Request Testimony on Meningitis Outbreak from Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Diana DeGette, John D. Dingell, and Edward J. Markey sent a letter to Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy urging him to invite the head of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) to testify at the Committee’s April 16 hearing on the recent meningitis outbreak.
Today Energy and Commerce Committee 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 to reiterate their request for hearings to hear from respected climate scientists about the urgent need to reduce carbon pollution and the likely impacts of unabated climate change on human health, the environment, and the economy. Reps. Waxman and Rush have sent 24 letters to the Chairmen since May 2011, and have received only one response, which asserted that “the Committee frequently addressed climate change issues” in the 112th Congress.
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Tier 3 rulemaking to require cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide:
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement that he will be leaving the Commission:
Reps. Levin, Waxman, McDermott, and Pallone Send Letter to CMS About Proposed Medicare Advantage Changes
Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott, and Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone today released a letter sent to Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on proposed Medicare Advantage and Part D payment rate changes for 2014. Excerpts and full text of the letter below:
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman spoke on the House floor today in opposition to the Ryan Budget. The full text of his remarks is below.
Committee Launches Bipartisan Review of Renewable Fuel Standard with White Paper Examining “Blend Wall” Challenges
Launching a bipartisan review of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released its first in a series of white papers that will examine a number of issues emerging with the current system and solicit input from interested stakeholders. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), and other members of the committee are leading the effort to review the law and its implementation.