Press Releases

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, Middle East, Foreign Aid & Human Rights

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:

Jun 25, 2014

Republican-Led House To Cast 500th Anti-Environmental Vote

Issues: Energy & Environment

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.

Jun 16, 2014

Rep. Waxman Statement on Kidnapping of Israeli Teenagers

Issues: Foreign Affairs, Middle East, Foreign Aid & Human Rights

Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the abduction last week of three Israeli teenagers:

Jun 12, 2014

119 Members of Congress Call on United States to End Trade Negotiations with Brunei

Issues: International Trade, Foreign Aid & Human Rights

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Henry Waxman (D-CA), along with 114 of their House colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman insisting the United States stop any further negotiations with the government of Brunei Darussalam on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement until Brunei addresses its human rights violations – part of its newly adopted a penal code.

May 9, 2014

Rep. Waxman Calls for Hearing to Examine the Derogatory “Washington Redskins” NFL Team Name

Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman wrote to Chairman Upton requesting that – in the wake of NBA owner Don Sterling's ban for life for racist comments – the Committee hold a hearing to examine another instance of racial insensitivity in sports: the use of the derogatory term “Redskins” as the name of the Washington football team.