Henry Waxman: A man of many bills

January 30, 2014

President Obama smiles after signing into law the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 4, 2009. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) stands directly behind the president.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that he will retire after serving 19 terms in the House of Representatives. Known as a prolific legislator, he played a major role in the passage of numerous laws over his four decades in Congress. Here are some of the laws he has helped pass. (Source: House Energy and Commerce Committee Minority Staff).

1980s-1990s - Repeated expansions of Medicaid

1980, 1986 and 1996 - Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments

1983 - Orphan Drug Act

1984 - Waxman-Hatch Generic Drug Act

1984 - Comprehensive and Smoking Education Act

1986 - Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act

1986 - National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act

1987 - Nursing Home Reform Act

1988 - Lead Contamination and Control Act

1990 - Ryan White CARE Act

1990 - Nutrition Labeling and Education Act

1990 - Safe Medical Devices Act

1990 - Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

1992- Mammography Quality Standards Act

1992 - Prescription Drug User Fee Act

1992 - Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act

1993 - National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act

1996 -Food Quality Protection Act

1997 - Child Health Insurance Program in 1997 (expanded in 2009).

2006 - Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act

2009 - Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

2010 - Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act

2010 - Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010

2010 - 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

2010 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

2011 - Food Safety Modernization Act

2013 - Drug Quality and Security Act

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