Speeches and Statements
Every two years, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases its High Risk List, identifying the areas that pose the highest risk to the U.S. government. Today, GAO announced that for the first time, it is adding the fiscal exposure resulting from climate change to the High Risk List. In designating climate change as a high risk, GAO recognized that climate change threatens to inflict huge costs on the U.S. taxpayer, including damage to physical infrastructure, increased insurance liability, and disaster relief.
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on a new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), titled, “Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs”:
Today, the Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee offered three amendments to direct the Committee to hear from experts about the science of climate change, the risks it poses for the nation, and the shrinking window for action. Two of the three amendments were debated and voted upon. The purpose of these amendments was to force the Committee to vote on whether it will educate itself through hearings, so the members will be in a position to have informed discussions about the preeminent energy challenge of our era.
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on the finding by the Bulgarian government that Hezbollah was behind the July 2012 attack of a tour bus, which killed five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver:
Schiff, Waxman, Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Bill to Regulate Helicopter Traffic over L.A. Neighborhoods
Today, Congressman Adam Schiff, Congressman Henry A. Waxman, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, introduced legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to provide Los Angeles County residents relief from the noise and safety concerns caused by low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods.
Today, Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement clarifying his position on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline:
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Building 209 on the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and released the following statement:
Today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Rep. Gwen Moore, and more than 150 colleagues to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Rep. Waxman Statement on New Reports on the Climate Impact of Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on new research from the Pembina Institute and Oil Change International, indicating that the Keystone XL pipeline will accelerate the reckless expansion of the tar sands industry and the climate impact of tar sands and the pipeline will be significantly worse than anticipated:
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on President Obama’s series of proposals to prevent and reduce gun violence: