Chairmen Waxman and Boucher were joined by Ranking Members Barton and Stearns in introducing H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act. This legislation would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a detailed inventory of radio spectrum bands, as well as a centralized portal or website to make the inventory available to the public.
On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward J. Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
On June 17, the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup to consider "H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009." The legislation grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authorities and resources it needs to better oversee the safety of the nation's food supply. The legislation also increases industry's responsibility for overseeing the safety of their own products and provides FDA with new and enhanced tools to hold companies accountable when they fail.
Rep. Waxman continues to work with the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to pressure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to achieve runway safety area solutions consistent with FAA design guidelines to address the safety concerns at Santa Monica Airport.
Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee released a draft of clean energy legislation that will create jobs, help end our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and combat global warming. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) is a comprehensive approach to America’s energy policy that charts a new course toward a clean energy economy.
Chairman Waxman Releases GAO Report Highlighting Need for Better Data on Healthcare Associated Infections
Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Jr., and Shelley Berkley released a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the need for nationwide data on the risk of healthcare associated infections in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).
The Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bart Stupak announced an investigation into the August 28, 2008, explosion at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, West Virginia.
Bipartisan Group of Members Introduces “Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicines Act”
Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Frank Pallone, Nathan Deal, and Jo Ann Emerson introduced H.R. 1427, the “Promoting Innovation and Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act,” a bipartisan bill to allow the Food and Drug Administration to approve affordable copies of biotech drugs. Biotech drugs, while often life-saving, are the fastest growing and most expensive components of the nation’s prescription drug bill. Many of them cost tens of thousands of dollars a year — prices that put them out of reach of patients and impose an unsustainable burden on employers, insurers, and the federal government.
U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today introduced legislation in the House that will reverse a U.S. Supreme Court decision that denies injured patients the ability to seek compensation for their injuries and gives medical device makers blanket immunity.
Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Landmark Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Legislation
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1256, the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act,” by a vote of 39 to 13. This legislation will give FDA the authority to prevent the dangerous and all-too prevalent marketing and sales of tobacco to children.