Speeches and Statements
Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Renew Request for Information on Koch Industries’ Stake in Keystone XL Pipeline
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Koch Industries, following up on their letter last month regarding Koch Industries’ financial stake in the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Koch Industries’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary Mark Holden replied to the members’ letter last week but failed to provide any of the requested information about Koch Industries’ financial interest in the project.
As Secretary of State John Kerry continues to consider the fate of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to Secretary Kerry explaining why the project is not in our national interest and submitting formal comments critiquing several key elements of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS). The letter and comments explain how the pipeline will contribute to dangerous climate change.
Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman was joined yesterday by eight Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats in introducing H.R. 4364, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2014, following the Committee’s hearing with GM CEO Mary Barra on the GM recalls. The legislation will increase transparency and accountability for auto manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), raise NHTSA funding, and increase the amount of maximum civil penalties for violations of federal safety standards.
Rep. Waxman and Sen. Markey Introduce GRID Act to Protect Electrical Grid from Physical, Cyberattack
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Edward J. Markey introduced the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act in the House and Senate, respectively. The bill provides the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with the authority it needs to effectively address physical, cyber, electromagnetic pulse, and other threats to and vulnerabilities of the electric grid. In 2010, the original GRID Act was reported out of the Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 47 to 0. It then passed the House by voice vote, but the Senate did not act on the legislation.
Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today wrote to the General Motors Company (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting information about their response to consumer complaints related to problems with stalling, airbag deployment, and ignition switches in certain vehicles. General Motors recently announced a recall of six vehicle models in the U.S. to correct ignition defects that have been linked to 31 frontal crashes and 13 fatalities. While GM first announced the recall last month, reports show that consumers have filed a series of complaints with NHTSA relating to ignition switch, airbag, and stalling problems over the past 10 years. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton announced yesterday the committee has opened an investigation in GM’s and NHTSA’s response.
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on FDA’s proposed changes to nutrition labeling on food packages:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the Supreme Court oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which examines the extent to which greenhouse gas emissions trigger certain permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that addresses the accuracy of caller location information for all wireless 911 calls:
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the release of The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General:
Ranking Member Waxman Requests Documents on Tribune Company’s Future Plans for the Los Angeles Times
Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Tribune Company President and CEO Peter Liguori regarding the onerous conditions the Tribune Company is placing on the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers as part of its corporate restructuring. In the letter, Rep. Waxman writes, “The newspaper unit could potentially be forced to borrow several hundred million dollars to pay this unnecessary dividend. In addition, the historic Los Angeles Times building will become the property of the Tribune Company, which will force the Los Angeles Times to pay rent to stay in its own building. These actions make it appear as if the Tribune Company is looting the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers before the spinoff.”