Excerpt: It is vitally important to maintain biosafety and biosecurity protocols at federal laboratories that are designed to prevent unintentional exposure to pathogens or their accidental or intentional release because exposure to certain disease-causing pathogens can have serious and potentially lethal consequences for public health. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: The Energy and Commerce Committee is committed to conducting vigorous oversight to ensure that Commission processes are fair, open, and transparent, and that they serve the public interest. The granting of the Grain Management waiver raises questions about these processes. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 to provide health insurance coverage for uninsured children in low- to mederate-income families. Since that time, enrollment has grown steadily, with more than 8 million children covered through CHIP last year. After the end of Fiscal Year 2015, under current law, there are no new funds for CHIP.
Excerpt: Pursuant to Rules X and XI of the U.S. House of Representatives, the committee is investigating the handling of select agents by federal laboritories. To read the letter to CDC, click here.
Excerpt: On July 21, 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff transmitted the Waste Confidence draft final rule to the Commission. We request an update on next steps now that the draft final rule has been submitted, including when the Commission will act on the rule and end the NRC's two-year licensing moratorium.
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