The House has voted 316 times this Congress to block action to address climate change, to halt efforts to reduce air and water pollution, to undermine protections for public lands and coastal areas, and to weaken the protection of the environment in other ways.  The Democratic staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee has released a report with an updated analysis of the anti-environment record of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress and provided a searchable database of the anti-environment votes.

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News Releases

Dec 11, 2012

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Ed Whitfield to request a hearing on the PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Low Carbon Economy Index report on the necessary rate of decarbonization to limit global warming.  The report found that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to decarbonize its economy at the very challenging and unprecedented rate of 5.1% per year.

Dec 7, 2012

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent a letter today to the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists seeking information on the role of this industry association in assisting compounding pharmacies in their interactions with Federal and state authorities.  A bipartisan group of Committee leaders wrote, “Allegations that your association may have encouraged compounding pharmacists to attempt to impede FDA from evaluating the efficacy and safety of their products, if true, raise serious concerns about your actions.”

Dec 6, 2012

House Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Pete Stark, House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Health Subcommittee Chairman Jay Rockefeller yesterday unveiled a GAO report titled Medicare and Medicaid: Consumer Protection Requirements Affecting Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries Vary Across Programs, Payment Systems, and States, examining the consumer protections for individuals enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, often referred to as dual eligible beneficiaries.

Dec 4, 2012

Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent letters to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to reject a proposed legislative rider for a pilot program that would allow averaging of emissions over a ship’s voyage.  The proposal has previously passed the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives and would have a detrimental impact on the ECA (Emission Control Area) designated by the International Maritime Organization to reduce air pollution from ships along the North American coastline.  Emissions reductions required in the ECA will improve public health and air quality along the coastlines, particularly in the state of California. 

Dec 4, 2012

Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman released the following statement on the D.C. Circuit ruling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data roaming rules:

Dec 3, 2012

Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Ed Markey, Bobby L. Rush, Diana DeGette, and Rush D. Holt, the leading Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter to Grand Isle Shipyard Owner Mark Tregeant to request a briefing regarding Grand Isle Shipyard’s involvement in the recent deadly explosion on a Black Elk Energy oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  Reports indicate that the explosion may have involved maintenance welding work by Grand Isle Shipyard, which has a history of accidents.