Rep. Waxman Statement on Announcement of Tougher Performance Enhancing Drug Tests for Major League Baseball

Jan 10, 2013

Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement in response to an announcement by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on the improvements to their drug testing program:

“I applaud MLB and the MLBPA for these improvements to the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.  Baseball can rightly boast that it has the best testing program among our country’s professional sports leagues.   Major League Baseball and the Players’ Union have moved a long way from the inadequate policies that were in place when Congress first addressed ballplayers’ use of steroids.”

Rep. Waxman has led investigations since 2005 into the use of steroids in professional baseball and encouraged stricter drug testing policies as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.  Rep. Waxman and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. sent a letter to the MLB and MLBPA in November 2011 to urge them into include stronger drug testing policies in their collective bargaining agreement.  The letter is available online here.