Today the House Democratic Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Truth Squad introduced the "Clean Contracting Act of 2006." The bill would end the abusive contracting practices that have been rampant under the Bush Administration and promote greater transparency and accountability in federal contracting.
In a statement at a subcommittee hearing on Iraq reconstruction, Rep. Waxman says that the U.S.'s effort has been largely a failure and asks the Bush Administration and Congress to have an honest discussion on how to move forward.
In the wake of new reports about widespread use of HGH by NFL players, and new information in the case of Carolina Panthers players who used numerous performance enhancing drugs, Rep. Waxman asks the NFL to reassess its drug policy.
Rep. Waxman asks for details regarding the exclusion of evolutionary biology, a core component of the biological sciences, from the eligibility rules for the Department of Education's new "National Smart Grant" program.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Bush Administration turned to private contractors to provide relief and recovery services worth billions of dollars. At the request of Reps. Waxman, Cardoza, Obey, Tanner, Norton, and Tierney, this report identifies 19 Katrina contracts, collectively worth $8.75 billion, that have experienced significant overcharges, wasteful spending, or mismanagement.
Rep. Waxman asks FDA to investigate whether phenylephrine oral nasal decongestants are effective. Manufacturers have begun to offer alternatives that eliminate pseudoephedrine and rely instead on phenylephrine, which permits them to be sold over-the-counter without any restrictions. Medical studies indicate that phenylephrine may be no more effective than placebo in alleviating nasal congestion, raising questions regarding FDA’s conclusion that the drug is safe and effective for over-the-counter use.
Reps. Waxman and Melancon request information from FEMA regarding hazardous levels of formaldehyde gas, a respiratory irritant and carcinogen, detected in FEMA-issued trailers used for housing Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Tests reveal that 94 percent of trailers tested had indoor levels of formaldehyde above EPA safety guidelines.
Ranking Member Waxman and Chairman Davis release a comprehensive report on homeland security contracting that finds pervasive mismanagement and waste. According to the report, noncompetitive contracts have soared over 700% in just three years, and the total value of the Department’s wasteful contracts exceeds $34 billion.
In a new report, GAO finds that sixteen years after Congress passed the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, EPA has failed to carry out many of the Act’s requirements to protect Americans from cancer-causing toxic air pollution.
Rep. Waxman, along with Sens. Boxer and Obama, protests an EPA plan to further delay the final Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule, which is already years overdue. Another year of delay will allow more children to be exposed to hazardous lead contamination in their homes and undermine the public health.
Reps. Waxman and Conyers reveal that U.S. Attorney offices across the nation are being undermined by attorney vacancies and lack of funding, with some offices facing shortages of even basic supplies, like binder clips and envelopes. In staff interviews, Assistant U.S. Attorneys reported that the problems are affecting the outcome of both criminal and civil cases.
Rep. Waxman writes Secretary Leavitt about a survey that reveals that many FDA scientists have been asked "to provide incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information" to the public and elected officials.
In a letter to the President's Council on Environmental Quality, Ranking Member Waxman and Chairman Davis request documents related to CEQ’s review and editing of government reports on global warming.
A new study released by Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Stephen F. Lynch shows that the federal paperwork burden has grown to record levels under the Bush Administration, with the new Medicare prescription drug program adding over 200 million hours of government red tape.
A new study released by Rep. Henry A. Waxman finds that federally funded pregnancy resource centers often mislead pregnant teens about the medical risks of abortion, telling investigators who posed as pregnant 17-year-olds that abortion leads to breast cancer, infertility, and mental illness.
At a hearing today, Comptroller General David Walker called President Bush's national strategy for Iraq "inadequate," particularly with respect to benchmarks for a viable exit strategy. In Rep. Waxman’s statement at the hearing, he called for "specific, substantive, and straightforward" answers from the Administration on how the Administration plans to lead Iraq and the United States out of the war.
A new GAO report finds that call centers run by private Medicare drug plans provide inaccurate and incomplete information to consumers. GAO found that in most instances, prescription plan providers were unable to accurately respond to simple questions about plan costs, low-income coverage, plan formulary procedures, and plan utilization management techniques.
Rep. Waxman today sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff regarding a recent report that DHS is considering renting cruise ships to house illegal immigrants detained in the United States. Recent experience has shown that using cruise ships for temporary housing is enormously expensive.
Rep. Waxman reveals that the Defense Department is moving to terminate Halliburton’s LOGCAP troop support contract and raises questions about aspects of the Department’s plans that fail to maximize competition and create potential for serious conflicts of interest.
Since last fall, Rep. Waxman has been investigating specific allegations of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison made by a military whistleblower, Sgt. Samuel Provance. After the Pentagon refused to respond to multiple written requests, the Committee agreed on Friday to Rep. Waxman’s request to subpoena Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, compelling him to provide documents about the abuse allegations and reports of retaliation against Sgt. Provance.
A new report by Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines how the Bush Administration has carried out FDA’s historic enforcement responsibilities. The report is the result of a 15-month investigation that included a review of thousands of pages of internal agency enforcement records. It finds that there has been a precipitous drop in FDA enforcement actions over the last five years.
Rep. Waxman today released new federal agency documents that highlight significant problems with no-bid contracts with Alaska Native companies, including political interference with the contracting process and serious performance deficiencies.
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, together with twelve of his House colleagues, introduced the “Safe Climate Act of 2006.” The legislation is based on what scientists have concluded the United States must do to avoid dangerous, irreversible warming of the planet and would significantly reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases.
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