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:
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement today on the escalating crisis in Israel:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the announcement that Israeli searchers have found the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers abducted earlier this month:
The ranking members of the Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce Committees today issued statements in response to the Supreme Court decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, allowing some for-profit corporations to exclude contraception coverage in their employees’ insurance plans:
The Republican-led House of Representatives in on track to mark a grim milestone today: the 500th vote on the floor to undermine protection of the environment. In the 112th Congress, the House Republicans voted 317 times for anti-environment positions. In 2013, the anti-environment votes increased by 109 to 426. Today, the House is likely to cast its 500th anti-environment vote since the Republicans took control in January 2011.