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Rep. Bart Stupak

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May 2010: '“It is a corporate problem,” said Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan, who has been particularly critical of BP’s operations in Alaska and will lead the House committee hearing, on Wednesday. “Their mentality is to get in the foxhole and batten down the hatch. It just seems there is this pattern.”'

March 2010: 'A brick was thrown through the Niagara Falls district office of Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who also received a threatening voice-mail message referring to sniper attacks. The front door to the Tucson district office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shattered. And Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), whose last-minute negotiations to bar federal funding of abortion helped secure the bill's passage, received a fax with a drawing of a noose and an anonymous voice mail saying: "You're dead. We know where you live. We'll get you."'

May 2008: 'Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan, is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and he has already proposed legislation that would tighten regulation of commodities trading. But he says that if Mr. Larson’s bill comes to the floor, “I would probably end up having to support it, just to get the attention of the both the oil and financial services industry.”'

May 2008: "The chairman of the House subcommittee investigating drug advertising, Representative Bart Stupak, said that Congress should consider banning drug ads aimed directly at consumers."

March 2008: '“Why should the taxpayer pay for these inspections so that you can close a plant here and open it over there to ship it back?” Mr. Stupak said. “It will be sustainable income so that we don’t have to get into these budget battles every year.”'

October 2007: Representative Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the investigations subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he had “verified countless stories of deceptive sales practices by insurance agents who prey upon the elderly and disabled to sell them expensive and inappropriate private Medicare plans.”

August 2007: 'On its face, it would appear such efforts are nothing other than an attempt to lessen the impact of potentially bad news from the GAO report,' said the letter signed by Dingell and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

August 2007: Glavin's tenure at the FDA has been marked by controversy. Her office angered lawmakers by proposing to close seven of the agency's 13 food-safety labs -- although the FDA suspended the plan yesterday -- and she personally wrote an internal memo critical of FDA employees who told a congressional hearing last month that the FDA had performed poorly in protecting the safety of the food supply. Dingell and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) accused Glavin of sending the memo as part of a 'campaign of intimidation and retaliation.'

July 2007: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight and investigations subcommittee, said the FDA's food-safety program is woefully understaffed. 'Entry reviewers, investigators and compliance officers simply cannot keep up with the flood of imported food,' he said.


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Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization May 15, 2007
Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization May 15, 2007

Articles and Resources

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May 08, 2010 For BP, a History of Spills and Safety Lapses

QUOTE: After BP’s Texas City, Tex., refinery blew up in 2005...The next year, when a badly maintained oil pipeline ruptured and spilled 200,000 gallons of crude oil over Alaska’s North Slope...Despite those repeated promises to reform, BP continues to lag other oil companies when it comes to safety...

New York Times
Mar 25, 2010 Lawmakers concerned as health-care overhaul foes resort to violence

QUOTE: The pitched battle over health care has unleashed a rash of vandalism and attacks directed at politicians, with at least 10 House Democrats reporting death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices over the past week.

Washington Post
Jul 27, 2009 Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned: Tornado Alley May Not Be Safe, GAO Says

QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report.

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2009 Quality of Bottled Water Questioned in Congress

QUOTE: members of Congress were briefed on two new studies that question whether bottled water is safer than water directly from the faucet.

New York Times
May 24, 2008 Energy Speculators Draw the Heat (Market Maker)

QUOTE: But as I wrote in my last column, the pickup in prices and trading has reignited the idea that speculators are to blame, not underlying market conditions. That claim isn’t new: People have been blaming speculators for about as long as there have been markets. But in recent days, a more powerful group has joined the antispeculation bandwagon: members of Congress.

New York Times
May 14, 2008 Medical Journal’s Article Questions TV Ads for Stent

QUOTE: “We believe that the F.D.A. should perform a critical post-release review of the ‘Life Wide Open’ campaign to assess whether it meets the basic regulatory requirements for non-deceptive advertising,” the journal’s commentary said. It also questioned the validity of advertising such high-risk procedures directly to the public.

New York Times
Mar 17, 2008 News Analysis: Tainted Drugs Put Focus on the F.D.A.

QUOTE: The Institute of Medicine, the Government Accountability Office and the F.D.A.’s own Science Board have all issued reports saying poor management and scientific inadequacies make the agency incapable of protecting the country against unsafe drugs, medical devices and food...Congress, though, may finally heed the calls...and allocate far more money [to inspect overseas drug plants].

New York Times
Oct 07, 2007 Medicare Audits Show Problems in Private Plans

QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Medicare recipients have been victims of deceptive sales tactics and had claims improperly denied by private insurers that run the system’s huge new drug benefit program and offer other private insurance options encouraged by the Bush administration...

New York Times
Aug 16, 2007 Review of Radiation Detectors Questioned

QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office has questioned the department's testing of the detection equipment, spurring Congress to delay funding last year pending further review and certification of the department's test results this fall.

Washington Post
Aug 12, 2007 Select Hospitals Reap a Windfall Under Child Bill

QUOTE: Despite promises by Congress to end the secrecy of earmarks and other pet projects, the House of Representatives has quietly funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to specific hospitals and health care providers...

New York Times
Aug 02, 2007 FDA's Retention Bonuses Rise to the Top: Critics Say Money Goes to Managers, Not Scientists Coveted by Drug Firms

QUOTE: FDA officials justified Glavin's bonuses by saying her pay should be close to the salaries of those employed by companies she regulates, namely Washington lobbyists… To critics, the payments bore little relationship to the agency's performance and reputation or to the likelihood that someone might depart.

Washington Post
Jul 18, 2007 FDA Faulted In Safety Lapses: White House Orders Study of Imports

QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration came under withering criticism by a House panel yesterday for its handling of recent food-safety violations, and the Bush administration later disclosed plans to establish a working group to review the safety of food and other imports.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2007 F.D.A. Inspections Lax, Congress Is Told

QUOTE: [exporters and importers] have been able to bring tainted products into this country because the F.D.A. has neither enough resources nor inspectors to stop them. And each year it has become easier...

Jul 06, 2007 Secrecy at Nuclear Agency Is Criticized by Lawmakers

QUOTE: After an investigation, the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] changed the terms of the factory’s license and said the public had 20 days to request a hearing on the changes. But no member of the public ever did. In fact, no member of the public could find out about the changes.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2007 Lowering Flag for War’s Dead Brings New Rift

QUOTE: [While] Opponents of lowering the flag see it as a subtle antiwar gesture that may run counter to federal guidelines… Others say that governors have the authority to order such tributes and that fallen soldiers are at least as deserving as politicians.

New York Times
Jun 09, 2007 Commerce Dept. Inspector General's Casino Trip Probed: Lawmaker Claims It Was on Federal Time

QUOTE: Commerce Department Inspector General Johnnie E. Frazier, whose retirement was announced Thursday, took five subordinates attending a government conference last spring gambling with him in Atlantic City on federal time, a lawmaker alleged yesterday.

Washington Post
May 14, 2007 Lawmakers Warn Watchdog

QUOTE: The lawmakers, as well as two federal agencies, are investigating allegations that [Commerce Inspector General Johnnie E.] Frazier -- whose job it is to root out waste, fraud and abuse at the Commerce Department -- has himself misspent money, abused government travel and retaliated against employees who raised concerns.

Washington Post