WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced its hearing schedule for the week of May 19. The committee will hear from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, continue its efforts on 21st Century Cures, discuss legislation to promote new manufacturing, examine ways to modernize and reform Medicare payment structures, and review draft legislation to protect businesses from abusive patent demand letters.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today responded to the Department of Transportation’s announcement that General Motors has agreed to pay a record $35 million civil penalty for failure to report the ignition switch safety defect to the government in a timely manner.
Latest White Paper Seeks Input from Patients and Advocates Regarding Gap Between Known Diseases and Available TreatmentsMay 16, 2014 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today released its latest white paper in the 21st Century Cures initiative. The paper reviews the glaring gap between the number of diseases and the number of treatments. At the inaugural roundtable for 21st Century Cures, Margaret Anderson, the Executive Director of FasterCures, said, “There are 7,000 known diseases.
WASHINGTON, DC – Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Lee Terry (R-NE) today put forward draft text of legislation to address illegitimate patent demand letters. The legislation aims to protect businesses from abusive patent assertion entities (PAEs), or patent trolls, while preserving the ability of legitimate companies to prosecute their patents. The subcommittee will review the draft at a hearing next Thursday, May 22, at 9:15 a.m.
Committee Releases Report Following Yearlong Investigation of Federal Programs Addressing Severe Mental IllnessMay 15, 2014 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today released a report regarding its investigation of federal programs that address severe mental illness (SMI). Since January 2013, following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and against the backdrop of subsequent mass killings tied to untreated SMI at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and Fort Hood, Texas, the committee has reviewed mental health resources and programs across the federal spectrum.
WASHINGTON, DC – Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today responded to changes to the nuclear waste fee. Effective tomorrow, the fee will be zeroed out to 0.0 mill per kilowatt hour of electricity generated and sold.