WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Ranking Members Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Jr., and Diana DeGette called on the FDA to use its enforcement authority to take immediate action to protect children from the harms of tobacco. Once FDA finalizes its proposed regulation to assert jurisdiction over various types of tobacco products, like e-cigarettes and cigars, the agency could do this by bringing enforcement cases against manufacturers of such products that are using flavoring or marketing tactics that appeal to children. Since passage of the Tobacco Control Act in 2009, which banned the marketing of flavored cigarettes, manufacturers of e-cigarettes and cigars have been targeting children and teenagers with youth-friendly marketing tactics such as flavoring their products cherry crush, grape, and bubble gum. These tactics are highly effective; as a result, e-cigarettes and flavored cigars are exploding in popularity among youth.
Feinstein, Boxer, Waxman Urge White House to Request Housing for Homeless Los Angeles Veterans in FY16 Budget
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, today urged President Obama to request funds to house homeless veterans on the West Los Angeles Department of Veterans Affairs Campus be included in his fiscal year 2016 budget.
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 requesting a hearing on an important new EPA report entitled Climate Change Indicators in the United States 2014.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement today on taking a moment to celebrate Eid, an important Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan:
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 to request a hearing on a recent report entitled Risky Business: the Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States, which examined climate change impacts in every region of the country. The report found that across the nation, up to $106 billion worth of coastal property will likely be underwater by 2050, and by the end of the century, states such as Oregon, Washington, and Idaho could experience as many days over 95°F as Texas. Climate change will reduce labor productivity and crop yields. The report notes that doing nothing will be more costly than acting now to mitigate climate change and recommends prompt action to address the threat.
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the announcement that President Obama has nominated Jeff Baran to serve as a Commissioner on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: