WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and the co-chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) today issued the following statement ahead of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL) issued the following statement today regarding the subcommittee’s scheduled markup of a bipartisan Committee Print released yesterday. The markup is set for tomorrow, July 22nd:
“The benefits of ensuring that Americans have clean, safe air to breathe far outweigh the costs. Today’s ruling ignores the real costs of poor air quality that are borne by those who breathe in pollutants, especially children. EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants provide critical public health protections for millions of Americans. In fact, EPA estimates that the standards
“This proposal is welcome news for our country’s small businesses that deserve a fair shot at competing in today’s wireless marketplace. Small businesses drive our economy, employ millions of Americans, and are often women- and minority-owned, but outdated rules make it even harder for them to thrive.
“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that the American people, no matter where they live in this country, still have the right to access quality, affordable health insurance. Legal experts had always considered the case attacking the Affordable Care Act to be legally frivolous.
Congress charges the FCC with developing designated entity rules for spectrum auctions that help small businesses and encourage competition. These competitive bidding rules were last comprehensively updated in 2006 and have not kept pace with the wireless marketplace. As such, the group of lawmakers called on the FCC to adopt final rules that encourage meaningful participation by actual small
The letter was sent by House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr.
“We know that climate change is a global phenomenon that requires a global response, but this peer-reviewed EPA report reminds us that climate change will also have real costs across the United States. This report reiterates that climate change cannot be viewed solely as an environmental issue, but must also be seen as an economic concern that has the potential to be financially devastating.
“The report from the OIG raises concerns about NHTSA’s capacity to identify safety defects and hold auto manufacturers accountable for reporting problems. We rely on NHTSA to protect drivers from dangerous defects, and we need to be confident in its ability to carry out that role.
“This latest report confirms that the cost of repealing the ACA would be devastating, especially to the 24 million Americans who would find themselves uninsured. The ACA is providing millions of families across the country with quality, affordable health insurance and the security that comes from being covered. Repealing the law would not only deprive millions of vital health protections, but