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Congressman Henry Waxman


Congressman Waxman (D-CA) announced that he plans to retire at the end of this Congress after serving 40 years in Congress.  The progressive Democrat and current Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce lead many healthcare-related and environmental battles, often culminating in legislation.  He also is a strong proponent of animal welfare issues. His accomplishments span several decades and many areas of public interest.

Congressman Waxman led or helped secure passage of several notable pieces of legislation benefiting the environment and Americans, including:

  • Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
  • Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1980, 1986, and 1996.
  • Law Reducing Childhood Lead Exposure
  • Laws Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Several Members of the Energy Committee, including Congresswoman Eshoo (D-CA), Congressman Pallone (D-NJ), and former Democratic Chair/Ranking Member Dingell (D-MI) have all announced or alluded to a possible interest in taking over for Congressman Waxman.

With Congressman Waxman’s departure, we are losing one of America’s great environmental champions.

Congressional Hearings, Mark-Ups, Meetings & Floor Activity:

House Floor:

February 5, 2014:

  • H.R. 3590 Sportsmen’s Heritage & Recreational Enhancement Act of 2013
  • H.R. 3964 – Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act

February 6, 2014

  • H.R. 2954 The Public Access and Lands Improvement Act

Senate Floor:

February 3, 2014:

  • Convene and resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.2642, the Farm bill.

Senate Energy Committee:

  • Business MeetingNominations: Ms. Rhea S. Suh, to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior, and Ms. Janice M. Schneider, to be Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior, February 4, 2014.
  • HearingForestry Legislation, February 6, 2014.

Senate EPW Committee:

House Natural Resources Committee:

House Science Committee:


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