Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the announcement by Rep. John Dingell on his retirement from Congress:
Rep. Henry A. Waxman and members of the Safe Climate Caucus will announce Thursday their new initiative to take action to respond to the threat of climate change. They will discuss the climate change and environmental issues facing Congress and the country in the coming year.
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on CVS Caremark’s announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1:
Ranking Members Waxman and Tonko Request Information on Areas of Agreement Between Industry and Public Interest Groups on TSCA Reform
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko sent letters to the American Chemistry Council President and Chief Executive Officer Calvin M. Dooley and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Director Andy Igrejas seeking a document identifying areas of agreement for reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo introduced H.R. 3982, the Open Internet Preservation Act, with a Senate companion bill to be introduced by Sen. Ed Markey, to protect consumers and innovation online. Last month, the D.C. Circuit struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules preventing broadband providers from blocking or discriminating against content online. The bill would restore these rules until the FCC takes new, final action in the Open Internet proceeding.
Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a senior Democrat from California, who has played a leading role in the enactment of major health, consumer protection, environmental, telecommunications, and good government laws, released the following statement announcing his decision not to seek reelection to the House this fall:
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky sent a letter to Target Chair, President, and CEO Gregg Steinhafel urging him to provide documents related to the causes and impacts of the December data breach affecting Target customers. Target officials are scheduled to testify before the Energy and Commerce Committee on data breaches during the week of February 3, 2014.
Ranking Members Waxman and Tonko Request Information from Freedom Industries Regarding Chemicals Stored at the Elk River Facility
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko sent a letter to Freedom Industries President Gary Southern seeking information and documents related to the potential health and environmental risks posed by the chemicals stored at the company's facility on the Elk River. The letter also requests information on steps Freedom Industries took before commencing operations to ensure the company’s ability to pay for any future cleanup of contamination at the site.
HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, celebrates the recent passage of legislation that will fund the government through September 2014. Critically important to the Jewish community is the inclusion of a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which previously expired on September 30, 2013. This legislation, which facilitates the resettlement of religious minority groups—including Jews seeking to flee Iran and the former Soviet Union (FSU)—will now be extended through September 30, 2014 and, as in previous years, is retroactive to the beginning of the current fiscal year.
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the meeting between Energy and Commerce Committee staff and representatives of the Tribune Company on the future of the Los Angeles Times: