Op-Eds and Articles
In a Los Angeles times Op-ed, Rep. Waxman comments on the network television coverage of the 2000 presidential elections. He explains that the presumption that George W. Bush won the election was the result of the calls the major television networks made on election night.
Correspondence between Rep. Waxman and the head of NBC over what exactly happened in the network's newsroom on election night is reviving questions about whether Congress should have any role in overseeing the news media.
Rep. Waxman claims that NBC has been less than candid and continues his efforts to force the network to surrender alleged videotapes from election night last November to determine whether General Electric Co. chairman and CEO Jack Welch inappropriately influenced the network's call of the presidential race.
Rep. Waxman pushes NBC News to present alleged videotapes from the 2000 presidential election. The alleged tapes, which NBC insists do not exist, show GE Chairman/CEO Jack Welch trying to push NBC into calling the election for George W. Bush.
In The Los Angeles Times interview, Rep. Waxman discusses his dedication to health care reform, affordable prescription drugs, and regulation of the tobacco industry despite a Republican majority in the House.
Congress has agreed to pay $16 billion on health care for uninsured children in the next five years. A major dispute has broken out over whether the states or the federal government should decided how to use the money.
Rep. Waxman comments on the ongoing battle with the tobacco industry. The industry wants to limit the FDA's regulatory power and its liability in lawsuits related to nicotine addiction. In exchange, Waxman says, the tobacco industry would offer various concessions, including acceptance of Waxman's own Environmental Tobacco Smoke Bill, which would greatly extend prohibitions of smoking in public places nationwide.
Op-Ed by Rep. Waxman in The Washington Post.
The new immigration bill passed by the House today would deny both legal and illegal immigrants federally funded HIV treatment. Some opponents of the provision say it may result in more AIDS babies.