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February 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.) resigned as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful positions in Congress, and announced that he would not seek reelection in the fall. His resignation is effective Feb. 16. There had been speculation for months that he would leave, with his name surfacing as a potential head of lobbying groups for the drug and film industries.
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March 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin has been diagnosed with a rare form of intestinal cancer, but the Louisiana Republican said he was confident of a full recovery. The cancer was found in Tauzin's upper small intestine during tests at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where Tauzin will undergo surgery next week, spokesman Ken Johnson said. Tauzin, 60, had been suffering from bleeding ulcers and had suspected cancer, Johnson said.
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BUSINESS
September 24, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, said he supported the government's Nov. 24 deadline for mobile-telephone companies to let customers keep their phone number when switching providers. In February 2002, the Louisiana Republican asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend the November 2002 deadline for "number portability." The FCC later granted wireless companies a one-year delay.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2004 | From Reuters
Rep. W. J. "Billy" Tauzin, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has ended negotiations to head the pharmaceutical industry's lobby, his spokesman said Thursday. Tauzin, a Louisiana Republican, announced on Feb. 3 that he would step down as committee chairman and leave Congress this year because of a bleeding ulcer. That announcement came amid criticism that he was considering the pharmaceutical lobbying job while leading the powerful committee that regulated the industry.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin has been diagnosed with a rare form of intestinal cancer, but the Louisiana Republican said he was confident of a full recovery. The cancer was found in Tauzin's upper small intestine during tests at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where Tauzin will undergo surgery next week, spokesman Ken Johnson said. Tauzin, 60, had been suffering from bleeding ulcers and had suspected cancer, Johnson said.
NEWS
August 5, 1995 | Associated Press
Louisiana Rep. W. J. (Billy) Tauzin, a conservative Democrat serving his eighth term in the House, is expected to switch to the Republican Party this weekend, congressional sources said Friday. Tauzin would join four other Democratic lawmakers who have made the move to the GOP since last fall's election, two in the House and two more in the Senate. Several lawmakers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he had talked with them in recent days of his intentions to change parties.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2004 | From Reuters
Rep. W. J. "Billy" Tauzin, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has ended negotiations to head the pharmaceutical industry's lobby, his spokesman said Thursday. Tauzin, a Louisiana Republican, announced on Feb. 3 that he would step down as committee chairman and leave Congress this year because of a bleeding ulcer. That announcement came amid criticism that he was considering the pharmaceutical lobbying job while leading the powerful committee that regulated the industry.
NEWS
December 17, 1994 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Believing that he may set off a new political earthquake for the Democrats, Rep. W.J. (Billy) Tauzin (D-La.) this weekend is going home to the bayous of his southern Louisiana district to contemplate the search for a new philosophical home. By next week, Tauzin could become a Republican, and his switch could have far-reaching implications for his congressional career, for Democrats in Congress and for the future of politics in the South.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Jack Valenti, Hollywood's voice in Washington for nearly 38 years, most likely will step down in early January as chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America while retaining the chairman's title and continuing to oversee the movie ratings system he fathered, sources said Thursday. People familiar with the matter said Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2003 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
As chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, W.J. "Billy" Tauzin is used to getting what he wants. In June, the Louisiana Republican broke six years of political deadlock and helped win approval of the biggest expansion of the Medicare program in nearly 40 years. And he outmaneuvered House Democrats this spring when he pushed through a major energy bill, handing President Bush a victory on a key economic policy issue.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.) resigned as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful positions in Congress, and announced that he would not seek reelection in the fall. His resignation is effective Feb. 16. There had been speculation for months that he would leave, with his name surfacing as a potential head of lobbying groups for the drug and film industries.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Jack Valenti, Hollywood's voice in Washington for nearly 38 years, most likely will step down in early January as chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America while retaining the chairman's title and continuing to oversee the movie ratings system he fathered, sources said Thursday. People familiar with the matter said Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, said he supported the government's Nov. 24 deadline for mobile-telephone companies to let customers keep their phone number when switching providers. In February 2002, the Louisiana Republican asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend the November 2002 deadline for "number portability." The FCC later granted wireless companies a one-year delay.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2003 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
As chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, W.J. "Billy" Tauzin is used to getting what he wants. In June, the Louisiana Republican broke six years of political deadlock and helped win approval of the biggest expansion of the Medicare program in nearly 40 years. And he outmaneuvered House Democrats this spring when he pushed through a major energy bill, handing President Bush a victory on a key economic policy issue.
NEWS
August 5, 1995 | Associated Press
Louisiana Rep. W. J. (Billy) Tauzin, a conservative Democrat serving his eighth term in the House, is expected to switch to the Republican Party this weekend, congressional sources said Friday. Tauzin would join four other Democratic lawmakers who have made the move to the GOP since last fall's election, two in the House and two more in the Senate. Several lawmakers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he had talked with them in recent days of his intentions to change parties.
NEWS
December 17, 1994 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Believing that he may set off a new political earthquake for the Democrats, Rep. W.J. (Billy) Tauzin (D-La.) this weekend is going home to the bayous of his southern Louisiana district to contemplate the search for a new philosophical home. By next week, Tauzin could become a Republican, and his switch could have far-reaching implications for his congressional career, for Democrats in Congress and for the future of politics in the South.
NEWS
December 5, 2001 | Associated Press
Telemarketers would be prohibited from blocking their identification on a consumer's caller ID box under a bill the House passed by voice vote Tuesday. The bill comes after people who use caller ID devices to screen or trace calls complained that many telemarketers' numbers did not appear on the devices. Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.) said the measure takes "consumer complaints seriously."
OPINION
February 15, 2004
Re "Lobbyist Offers Make Jaws Drop," Feb. 9: Indeed our jaws drop at the news that Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.) may be hired as a lobbyist by the drug industry that he worked so hard to benefit. Most Medicare recipients found the Medicare prescription drug bill to be working against them instead of for them. Indeed, the bill was written for the benefit of the drug companies and the HMOs. It would be interesting for the public to know what this upstanding civil servant will get in his retirement from Congress and what his health benefits will be. Carl Melin Buena Park
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