Press Releases

Oct 3, 2014

Ranking Member Waxman Proposes New Path Forward for Strong Open Internet Rules

Issues: Technology & Innovation

Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler suggesting a new approach for protecting a free and open Internet. Under the hybrid approach outlined in the letter, the FCC would reclassify broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, and then use its authority under section 706 to establish three-bright line rules: a no blocking rule, a no throttling rule, and a no paid prioritization rule.

Oct 1, 2014

Ranking Members Waxman, Pallone, and DeGette Outline Key Questions on Ebola Outbreak

Issues: Health

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton, Joe Pitts, and Tim Murphy outlining the key-short term and long-term questions that should be addressed in hearings on Ebola. Last month, these members urged Committee leaders to hold a hearing on the Ebola crisis.

Sep 24, 2014

Democratic House, Senate Leaders Release New Report Identifying Hundreds of Tobacco, E-Cigarette Ads and Images in Magazines with High Teen Readership

Issues: Health

Today Reps. Waxman, Dingell, Pallone, and DeGette, and Sens. Harkin, Rockefeller, Durbin, and Blumenthal released a new report that found that hundreds of tobacco advertisements and images glorifying smoking and e-cigarettes appear in magazines with large teen readerships.

Sep 16, 2014

Rep. Waxman Statement on Confirmation of Jeff Baran as NRC Commissioner

Issues: Energy & Environment

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Jeff Baran as a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

Sep 4, 2014

Ranking Members Waxman, Pallone, and DeGette Request Hearing on Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Issues: Health

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton, Joe Pitts, and Tim Murphy requesting a hearing on the rapidly growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The letter was sent in the wake of an urgent warning by CDC Director Thomas Frieden that “I could not possibly overstate the need for an emergency response” and that the virus is “spiraling out of control.”

Aug 8, 2014

Reps. Waxman, Pallone, and DeGette Calls on FDA to Protect Nation’s Youth from the Harms of Tobacco

Issues: Health

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.

Jul 31, 2014

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.

Jul 22, 2014

Rep. Waxman Statement on President Obama’s Nomination of Jeff Baran for NRC Commissioner

Issues: Energy & Environment

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:

Jul 1, 2014

Rep. Waxman Statement on Deaths of Missing Israeli Teenagers

Issues: Foreign Affairs

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:

Jun 30, 2014

Waxman, Levin, Miller Statements on Hobby Lobby Decision

Issues: Health

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:

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