House Poised to Consider Energy and Commerce Bills to Boost Energy, Telecommunications, and Health Care
WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives this week will build upon the Energy and Commerce Committee’s strong #RecordOfSuccess by considering nine more committee bills related to energy, health care, and telecommunications. In the 113th Congress, approximately 70 committee bills have passed the House and over two-dozen have been signed into law.
“With nine bills on the House floor this week, the Energy and Commerce Committee looks to build upon our strong record of bipartisan success,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “But we could do better if the Senate would do its job and actually vote. Nearly four-dozen committee bills that have passed the House, many with broad bipartisan support, are now stuck in the Senate without explanation. It is the American people that stand to lose with a do-nothing Senate. We have bipartisan solutions in the House and welcome the Senate to join us.”
The House is scheduled to vote on the following committee bills:
H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, authored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) helps protect American workers from the president’s #brokenpromises and would allow health insurance currently available on the group market to continue to be offered through 2019.
H.R. 5057, the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014, authored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), provides regulatory relief by making a simple technical correction to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act to exempt certain external power supply (EPS) service and spare parts from federal efficiency standards.
S. 276, a bill to reinstate and extend the deadlines for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir.
H.R. 669, the Sudden Unexpected Death and Data Enhancement and Awareness Act, introduced by Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), provides for activities to help improve the understanding of stillbirth, sudden unexpected infant death, and sudden unexplained death in children.
H.R. 4067, introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), helps ensure patients, including Medicare patients and those in rural communities, have access to the health care they need.
H.R. 4290, the Wakefield Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Pete King (R-NY), reauthorizes grant programs that support the expansion, improvement, and evaluation of emergency medical services for children.
H.R. 4701, the Vector-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), establishes a working group to review federal activities at the Department of Health and Human Services related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
H.R. 3670, the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013, authored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), full committee Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX), and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), protects consumers against fraudulent actors and deceptive text messages by updating the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which prohibits entities from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information.
H.R. 5161, the E-LABEL Act, authored by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH), full committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), and subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA), reduces regulatory burdens faced by electronics manufacturers. It removes the requirement that electronic devices contain a physical label to detail information required by the FCC and gives manufacturers the option of providing labeling information on the screen of the device.