Rep. Henry A. Waxman
- Homepage: http://www.house.gov/waxman/
March 2012: "In a statement last week, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, who co-wrote the Hatch-Waxman Act, said he was exploring ways to address the issue, either through legislation or a rule change."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/business/drug-lawsuits-hinge-on-the-detail-of-a-label.html
May 2010: "In response to the massive Toyota recalls earlier this year, Congress is considering a raft of new proposals intended to enhance auto safety. The industry and safety groups are also sparring over proposed requirements in bills by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cal.) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), that would, among other things, allow judicial review of NHTSA investigation decisions, lift the cap on civil penalties for automakers who violate NHTSA rules and make auto company executives liable for up to $250 million if they file false or misleading reports to the agency."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/19/AR2010051903298.html
April 2010: "No Republican senators have signed on to Lautenberg's bill, but his staff said they did not expect strong GOP opposition. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) is expected to file companion legislation."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR2010041404827.html
July 2009: "Representative James P. Moran, Democrat of Virginia, is sponsoring a House bill that would ban ads for prescription sexual aids like Viagra and Levitra from prime-time television, on decency grounds. Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, has said he favors empowering the Food and Drug Administration to bar consumer advertisements for new drugs for an initial period after the F.D.A. approves them — until there has been more real-world experience with the medications."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/27/business/media/27drugads.html
July 2009: 'In a statement, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California and an architect of the bill, defended the legislation. “We worked hard to craft legislation that would achieve our environmental goals while addressing the regional concerns of members of Congress,” he said. Politicians are not the only targets of dejected environmentalists.'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/11/us/politics/11protest.html
June 2009: 'The marketing and advertising restrictions in the tobacco law that Congress passed last week are likely to be challenged in court on free-speech grounds....“The bill has been carefully drafted, and I am confident that the provisions will be upheld,” Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California and prime sponsor in the House of the legislation...'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/business/16tobacco.html
October 2008: "So, it's no surprise that politicians are getting involved. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote letters to the heads of nine financial firms asking about their compensation plans in light of the bailout. (TARP does have some restrictions on top executive pay.) And New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo followed suit with letters of his own asking for similar information."http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/10/30/wall-street-bonuses-pf-ii-in_hg_1030soapbox_inl.html
July 2008: "The Pentagon e-mail traffic was released Friday by Representative Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Mr. Waxman said he sent the letter in response to an article in The New York Times on Friday disclosing that electrical problems on American bases in Iraq were far more widespread than previously believed."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/washington/19contractors.html
July 2008: 'The tape prompted Representative Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to announce an inquiry into whether Mr. Payne was inappropriately raising money for the library. Ms. Perino described Mr. Payne as “somebody who’s been involved in Texas politics for a long time and been a supporter of the Republican Party.” Mr. Payne was also forced this week to resign from an advisory committee to the Department of Homeland Security.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/washington/17bush.html
June 2008: "The chairman of the House Oversight panel, Rep. Henry Waxman (D) of California contends that the White House intervened with the EPA to produce more industry-friendly smog standards, and to deny California and a dozen other states permission to control greenhouse gases on their own."http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0625/p02s01-uspo.html
June 2008: "In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the committee’s chairman, Representative Henry A. Waxman, a California Democrat, said on Monday that there also appeared to be evidence that embassy officials in Tirana tried to cover up the November meeting once Mr. Waxman’s staff began an investigation into AEY."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/washington/24arms-subtk.html
June 2008: "A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing....The letters from the committee, written by its chairman, Henry Waxman, Democrat of California; and Tom Davis of Virginia, the ranking Republican, each posed seven questions to Selig and Fehr. The committee said it wanted answers within two weeks."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/13/sports/baseball/13waxman.html
May 2008: '“The Army can say that they are retaining the final say, but when they outsource this much work on contract management, they really are outsourcing oversight,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating defense contractors in Iraq.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/24/world/middleeast/24contract.html
April 2008: '“It raises concerns,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat who is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which requested the information on felony waivers from the Department of Defense. “An increase in the recruitment of individuals with criminal records is a result of the strains put on the military by the Iraq war and may be undermining our military readiness.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/washington/22waiver.html
October 2007: "Guards working in Iraq for Blackwater USA have shot innocent Iraqi civilians and have sought to cover up the incidents, sometimes with the help of the State Department....[House of Representatives] hearing is sure to be contentious now that the chairman, Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, and other members have the staff’s findings to study."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/01/washington/01cnd-blackwater.html
March 2008: '“F.D.A. needs a serious infusion of resources and strong leadership dedicated to reforming the agency,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, who is chairman of the House oversight committee.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/17/health/policy/17fda.html
March 2008: 'In letters to the Internal Revenue Service, the Small Business Administration and the Labor Department, Waxman (D-Calif.) questioned Blackwater's classification of its workers as "independent contractors" rather than employees. That designation, which the government has questioned in the past, has allowed the company to obtain $144 million in contracts set aside for small businesses and to avoid paying as much as $50 million in withholding taxes under State Department contracts, he said.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/10/AR2008031001223.html
February 2008: 'The Supreme Court yesterday protected the makers of medical devices that have passed the most rigorous federal review standards from lawsuits by consumers who allege that the devices caused them harm...."The Supreme Court's decision strips consumers of the rights they've had for decades," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. "This isn't what Congress intended, and we'll pass legislation as quickly as possible to fix this nonsensical situation."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/20/AR2008022001140.html
January 2008: "The 2005 study -- whose credibility the White House attacked this week -- identified 473 separate days in which no electronic messages were stored for one or more White House offices, said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.)."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/17/AR2008011703575.html
December 2007: "“The vast scale of these secret fund-raising operations presents enormous opportunities for abuse,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California, who introduced a bill to force disclosure of presidential foundation donors. The bill passed the House, 390-34, in March but stalled in the Senate."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/20/us/politics/20clinton.html
December 2007: "Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the E.P.A. decision defied law, science and common sense. He said his committee would investigate how the decision had been made and would seek to reverse it."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/20/washington/20epa.html
November 2007: Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, the chairman of the Government Reform Committee, said in a statement that there was no excuse for the state of the [Baghdad Police--Ed.] academy.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/06/world/middleeast/06police.html
October 2007: “It is inexcusable that 19 months after the first questions were raised, testing of occupied trailers has yet to begin,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/18/us/18fema.html
October 2007: Representative Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat who is the committee’s chairman, citing evidence of State Department efforts to protect Blackwater employees from investigations by Iraqi officials and to help the company compensate victims of shootings, said it appeared that the department was acting as Blackwater’s “enabler.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/washington/03blackwater.html
September 2007: The weekend's incident raised concerns in the U.S. Congress about the use of private security guards. Rep. Henry Waxman, whose House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on contractor operations in February, said he will hold new hearings into the issue in light of Sunday's shootings.http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/09/17/iraq.main/index.html
September 2007: 'Federal law requires these services be made to children,' Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the committee on oversight and reform, said as he angrily questioned a Medicaid official. 'You're not doing a good enough job if two out of three kids do not get pediatric dental care and they are eligible for it.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/09/AR2007090901855.html
July 2007: Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) decried what he called FEMA's indifference to storm victims and said the situation was 'sickening.' He said the documents 'expose an official policy of premeditated ignorance' and added that 'senior officials in Washington didn't want to know what they already knew, because they didn't want the legal and moral responsibility to do what they knew had to be done.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/19/AR2007071901039.html
July 2007: Rep. Henry A. Waxman (Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said documents obtained by his panel suggest that the appearances by the drug control officials were part of a larger White House effort to politicize the work of federal agencies that 'may be more widespread than previously known.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/17/AR2007071701892.html
July 2007: Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the House panel's chairman, called for Congress to take steps to insulate the office from political influence. 'We shouldn't allow the surgeon general to be politicized,' he said. 'It is the doctor to the nation. That person needs to have credibility, independence and to speak about science.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/10/AR2007071001422.html
June 2007: The issue flared Thursday when Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) criticized Cheney for refusing to file annual reports with the federal National Archives and Records Administration, for refusing to spell out how his office handles classified documents, and for refusing to submit to an inspection by the archives' Information Security Oversight Office.http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cheney23jun23,0,863839.story
May 2007: Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat who is chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said yesterday that he had started an investigation of Avandia and would call Glaxo officials and Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, the F.D.A. commissioner, to testify at a hearing on June 6.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/business/22drug.html
March 2007: The documents “appear to portray a systematic White House effort to minimize the significance of climate change,” said a memorandum circulated by the Democrats under the committee chairman, Representative Henry A. Waxman of California.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/washington/20climate.html
February 2007: 'The Deepwater and SBI contracts are extreme examples of giving government functions to the private contractors,' said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding a hearing into Deepwater and SBInet today .'In each case, the government appears to be abdicating oversight and giving private companies a virtual blank check.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/07/AR2007020702334.html
January 2007: Representative Henry A. Waxman, a California Democrat who is chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, added a further criticism: that the F.D.A. had been slow to crack down on drug ads that included “false and misleading” claims, he said in a telephone interview.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/22/business/media/22drug.html
January 2007: 'Despite the President's statement that he may be able to circumvent a basic privacy protection, the new postal law continues to prohibit the government from snooping into people's mail without a warrant,' said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the incoming House Government Reform Committee chairman, who co-sponsored the bill.http://www.nydailynews.com/01-04-2007/news/story/485535p-408789c.html
July 2006: This act is no anomaly. A report last month from Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat of California, shows that since 2001 Congress has enacted 27 laws that pre-empt state authority in areas from air pollution to consumer protection.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/opinion/05mendelson.html
November 2005: Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), a longtime critic of the U.S. contracting in Iraq, said in an interview yesterday that the charges illustrated what he called the Bush administration's 'non-existent oversight' of the spending of Iraqi funds. He said that while the Republican-controlled Congress has held 13 hearings on the U.N. oil-for-food scandal involving Saddam Hussein, it has held only one hearing on the spending of reconstruction funds, and he urged more.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/17/AR2005111701879.html
February 2002: Representative from California (Santa Monica/Beverly Hills area), serves on the House Government Reform Committee.www.house.gov/waxman/bio.htm
Role Name Type Last Updated Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jul 7, 2006 Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Jul 7, 2006
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 20, 2012 Generic Drugs Proving Resistant to Damage Suits
QUOTE: Across the country, dozens of lawsuits against generic pharmaceutical companies are being dismissed because of a Supreme Court decision last year that said the companies did not have control over what their labels said and therefore could not be sued for failing to alert patients about the risks of taking their drugs. Now, what once seemed like a trivial detail — whether to take a generic or brand-name drug — has become the deciding factor in whether a patient can seek legal recourse from a drug company.
New York Times Apr 08, 2011 House Votes Against ‘Net Neutrality’
QUOTE: But Republicans in the House maintained that the order exceeded the F.C.C.’s authority and put the government in the position of overseeing what content a consumer could see and which companies would benefit from Internet access... “This is a bill that will end the Internet as we know it and threaten the jobs, investment and prosperity that the Internet has brought to America,” Mr. Waxman said.
New York Times Mar 17, 2011 Audit: Pentagon overpaid oilman by up to $200 million
QUOTE: Sargeant had won the three jet fuel contracts, despite having among the highest bids, because he had an effective monopoly over the routes. Waxman accused Sargeant and his company of price gouging and “engaging in the worst form of war profiteering.”
Washington Post May 20, 2010 Groups spar over car black boxes as Congress mulls auto safety bill
QUOTE: A proposal to equip all new cars with "black boxes" to record crash data...But automakers and safety advocates disagree over the extent of the data the devices should collect and over the extent they should be able to survive the worst of crashes.
Washington Post May 15, 2010 Toyota had attack plan against congressional testimony, documents show
QUOTE: Toyota officials sought to develop a public relations campaign to attack the credibility of key witnesses who have testified before Congress about acceleration problems with the company's cars...
Washington Post Apr 15, 2010 Lautenberg bill seeks to overhaul U.S. chemical laws
QUOTE: would require manufacturers to prove the safety of chemicals before they enter the marketplace. That would be a significant departure from current laws, which allow chemicals to be used unless the federal government can prove they cause harm to health or the environment.
Washington Post Jul 26, 2009 Lawmakers Seek to Curb Drug Commercials
QUOTE: For some legislators and consumer advocates, the [drug] ads are a daily reminder of a health care system run amok. Critics contend that drug ads are intended to prompt people to diagnose themselves with chronic quality-of-life problems like insomnia or restless leg syndrome; lead people to pressure their doctors for prescriptions for expensive brand-name drugs to treat these conditions; and steer people away from cheaper generic pills.
New York Times Jul 10, 2009 Disillusioned Environmentalists Turn on Obama as Compromiser
QUOTE: But over the last few months, as the ambitious climate legislation was watered down in the House without criticism from the president, Ms. Miller became disillusioned. She worried that the bill had been rendered meaningless — or had even undermined some goals Greenpeace had fought for. And she felt that the man she had thought of as her champion seemed oddly prone to compromise.
New York Times Jun 15, 2009 Tobacco Regulation Is Expected to Face a Free-Speech Challenge
QUOTE: The marketing and advertising restrictions in the tobacco law that Congress passed last week are likely to be challenged in court on free-speech grounds....restricting stores and many forms of print advertising to black-and-white text, as the law specifies, would interfere with legitimate communication to adults, tobacco companies and advertising groups
New York Times Jun 15, 2009 Tobacco Regulation Is Expected to Face a Free-Speech Challenge
QUOTE: The marketing and advertising restrictions in the tobacco law that Congress passed last week are likely to be challenged in court on free-speech grounds. The controversy... involves tension between the right of tobacco companies to communicate with adult smokers and the public interest in preventing young people from smoking.
New York Times Oct 30, 2008 Bonus Backlash Brewing
QUOTE: The very people who brought us the global financial crisis are now getting ready to reward themselves for a job well done. Meanwhile, of course, there's another wrinkle: American taxpayers now have stakes in all these firms, which we got for saving many of them from collapse.
Forbes Jul 19, 2008 Failure to Fix Base Hazards Worried Pentagon Official
QUOTE: In a May 5, 2008, e-mail message, a safety official at the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Pentagon organization in charge of supervising defense contractors in Iraq, noted that the agency had failed to act after its own comprehensive safety survey in February 2007 found widespread electrical problems at American bases that had led to a series of deaths, injuries and fires.
New York Times Jul 17, 2008 Fund-Raiser Apparently Offers Access for a Price
QUOTE: The White House on Wednesday disavowed the actions of a Houston businessman and Bush campaign fund-raiser who was caught on videotape apparently trying to trade access to top administration officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — in exchange for six-figure donations to President Bush’s library foundation.
New York Times Jul 07, 2008 Boy-Wonder ‘War Profiteer’ Pleads Not Guilty (The Lede)
QUOTE: While Mr. Waxman conducts his own investigation, that young entrepreneur — Efraim E. Diveroli, the president of AEY Incorporated, who is now 22 — was expected to enter a plea today in federal court in Miami, The Associated Press reports. He faces charges of fraud and making false statements to the United States Army in the course of procuring munitions for the government.
New York Times Jul 03, 2008 Panel Questions State Dept. Role in Iraq Oil Deal
QUOTE: The release of the documents comes as the administration is defending help that United States officials provided in drawing up a separate set of no-bid contracts, still pending, between Iraq’s Oil Ministry in Baghdad and five major Western oil companies to provide services at other Iraqi oil fields. In the no-bid contracts, the administration said it had provided what it called purely technical help writing the contracts. The United States played no role in choosing the companies, the administration has said.
New York Times Jun 30, 2008 Black Lawmakers Seek Restrictions on Menthol Cigarettes
QUOTE: The 43-member caucus is taking aim at a provision in the bill that would ban candy-, fruit- and spice-flavored cigarettes but that specifically exempts menthol. In recent weeks the exemption has become the focus of controversy because menthol brands are heavily used by black smokers, who develop a large share of smoking-related cancers and other health risks.
New York Times Jun 25, 2008 White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail
QUOTE: The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week. The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required it to determine whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the officials said.
New York Times Jun 25, 2008 Fired U.S. attorneys case hits judicial roadblock: A cautious judge may be good news for Bush officials in ongoing subpoena struggle.
QUOTE: For months, the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Bush administration have been locked in a potentially historic battle over whether top White House aides will ever testify about the controversial firings of federal prosecutors in late 2006...A federal judge on June 23 appeared very reluctant to rule on the administration's broad claim of executive privilege in the case. Historically, the judiciary has been hesitant to meddle in this area unless the stakes are clear and high.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 23, 2008 Cover-Up Is Cited on Illegal Arms
QUOTE: A military attaché has told Congressional investigators that the American ambassador to Albania endorsed a plan by that country’s defense minister to remove evidence of illegal Chinese origins on ammunition being shipped from Albania to Afghanistan by a Miami Beach arms-dealing company.
New York Times Jun 13, 2008 M.L.B. Questioned Over 2004 Steroid Testing
QUOTE: A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing.
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