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Feb 6, 2023
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E&C Republicans Zero in on China in First Week of Hearings

It’s no secret the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to replace the U.S. as a global economic and technological power. House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans previewed their plans to strengthen American resolve against the CCP and ensure America, not China, wins the future. Last week, Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) announced that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify on March 23, 2023, before the committee on the platform’s consumer privacy and data security practices, its harm to kids, and its ties to the CCP. AMERICA’S DANGEROUS ENERGY DEPENDENCE ON CHINA During a full committee hearing last week, Republicans raised concerns about how President Biden is making America dangerously dependent on adversaries like China for our energy. “Every energy technology and source has a role to play but we need to be able to ensure that we are not becoming entirely dependent on unreliable, intermittent energy sources that rely on Chinese supply chains,” Chair Rodgers said . “It’s time to flip the switch and unleash American energy and this committee is at the very center of securing our global leadership and making people's lives better.” “There’s no doubt that China is adding wind and solar and other renewables to their energy matrix,” Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, & Grid Security Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) said . “They’re also building a heck of a lot of coal fired power plants, fossil fuel generation, mining rare Earth minerals that they need for all the technology, which is very detrimental to the environment.” “If we want viable, sustainable energy solutions that make all Americans secure, that appreciates the diversity of our landscapes, and doesn’t rely on premature, aspirational technologies or the availability of mineral supplies from foreign countries being available; then it’s time to turn the page on the current, national energy strategy, or lack thereof. Particularly since it’s one that makes us more dependent on nations that hate us,” Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) said . “To illustrate the point, I ask my colleagues to consider a recent article in the Washington Post. It suggested senior U.S. military officials are predicting, and preparing for, war within one to five years with China—the very country we depend on for the critical minerals required for many of the ‘rush to green’ solutions.” “China is striving to secure oil, gas, and critical minerals supply around the world while defending its dominance of renewable energy supply chains,” Robert McNally, the President of Rapidan Energy Group, LLC, testified to the Committee. BOOSTING AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS TO BEAT CHINA At an Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee hearing, members and witnesses discussed how America can compete against China and win the future. “Today’s hearing focuses on the greatest threat to our country right now—China. So, it is fitting that to begin the 118th Congress we focus on this threat and discuss how to recapture and maintain our global leadership. The CCP will stop at nothing to undermine our global leadership and weaken our economy,” Subcommittee Chair Bilirakis (R-FL) said . “They have bought up our farmlands, stolen our intellectual property, and embedded themselves deep within many of our supply chains. Now they are turning their attention towards establishing the global standards for emerging technologies. The CCP has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies. Paired with this investment, China is creating favorable environments for their private sector companies and entrepreneurs to deploy and test these technologies.” “In 2020, the China Task Force found that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘has a record of using official government resources and companies with CCP affiliations to compromise the data of people around the world’ and that the United States and its allies need to join the ‘effort to secure data from the CCP’s surveillance state and other malign entities.’ These concerns are especially prevalent in China itself, where advanced technology is used to track and monitor their citizens with few protections,” Brandon Pugh, Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow of the R Street Institute, told the Subcommittee . “Similar concerns are echoed by federal government leaders like Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, who previously said ‘if you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.’ He made even more pointed comments recently, saying that ‘China’s vast hacking program is the world’s largest, and they have stolen more Americans’ personal and business data than every other nation combined.’” CHINA'S DANGEROUS STONEWALLING During an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, Republican members noted how China has put the world in danger of future outbreaks because of that country’s refusal to cooperate with investigations into the origins of COVID-19. “Existing pandemic preparedness plans have mentioned the need for investigating the origins of pandemics but have neither spelled out the challenges nor the specifics for how to conduct an effective probe,” Subcommittee Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said . “One of the challenges laid out in the (GAO) report is the need for investigators to have more access to samples from early cases in order to be effective in determining the pandemic’s origin. We must address this issue since some government organizations, including the Government of the Chinese Communist Party, have a history of withholding this type of information.” BEATING CHINA IN NEXT-GEN TECHNOLOGY Members of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee examined how China is seeking to undermine us in a range of advanced communications technologies, including next-gen satellite technology. “We must also ensure continued American leadership in advanced communications services. In order to do that, our regulations must foster an environment of innovation and certainty,” Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) said . “As countries like China seek to dominate the technologies of the future, we must make the United States an attractive place to invest in cutting edge developments that align with American values and guarantee the availability of trusted satellite communications. “Countries like China seek to undermine us in a range of advanced communications technologies, including next-gen satellite technology. We can’t afford to let this happen,” Chair Rodgers said . “The Chinese Communist Party will do whatever it takes to embed their authoritarianism into next generation technologies like these. This is a country that spies on its citizens and asserts strict government control over businesses and the economy. They want to replace the U.S. as the economic and technological power so they can spread their values and vision of the future. We need to make sure these technologies are developed in an ecosystem that promotes America’s values, not China’s.” “China’s accelerating space prowess and reach presents both economic and national security challenges. China’s expanding space sector creates a competitive alternative in the global marketplace, oftentimes with attractive incentives and financing, that will steadily chip away at the market share enjoyed by U.S. companies,” Kari Bingen, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies said. “As highlighted in a 2021 European market assessment, ‘[W]hile the most advanced commercial space companies clearly remain Western companies, China is now leading the world in terms of number of commercial space companies being established.’ On the national security front, the U.S. military’s battlefield advantage has long rested on our superior technology. But that is at risk as Beijing seeks to close the gap in our technology advantage.”



ICYMI: E&C Republicans and Technology and Cybersecurity Experts Renew Calls for Comprehensive Data Privacy Protections

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) and other committee members held an Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee hearing last week to address strengthening American data privacy protections. The subcommittee heard from technology and cybersecurity experts about the need for comprehensive data privacy protections and one national standard to ensure Americans’ information is protected from the Chinese Communist Party. Hearing highlights below: PROTECTING AMERICANS’ DATA PRIVACY “We must work together to cement America’s global technological leadership. We should start by passing comprehensive privacy and data security protections with one national standard. We made history last year when we passed the bipartisan, bicameral American Data Privacy and Protection Act 53-2. But our work isn’t over yet, as we have already fallen behind other countries in establishing a national privacy law. I’m eager to continue this work. This is a top priority for Americans and needs to be achieved through Congress.” — Chair Rodgers “It is imperative that this committee establishes foundational frameworks for deploying emerging technologies. We came close last Congress when we passed the bipartisan and bicameral American Data Privacy and Protection Act, but this Congress we need to ensure it gets across the finish line because China is not waiting on us to influence international norms and standards.” — Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) SECURING OUR DATA AGAINST BAD ACTORS LIKE THE CCP “Republicans on this committee are fully committed to passing a comprehensive federal privacy and data security standard. We are committed to that China is actively using U.S. customer data to better develop their AI, whether through mining, scraping, purchasing data through third parties, or through apps like TikTok—whose sharing information with the Chinese Communist Party.” — Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Vice Chair Tim Walberg (R-MI) “The goal that I think [ADPPA] achieves is that it both manages to address the transnational threat from a range of bad actors, but also protects consumers and secures that data here at home... We want to both address bad foreign actors and better enhance privacy protections at home. This is the baseline that we need. In terms of fostering innovation, as I’ve mentioned, U.S. firms need access to global data flows, but how do we do that in a safe, secure, and ethical way? We establish high baselines around how the data is collected, transferred, and retained. And that’s the balance I think US federal privacy law needs to strike.” — Sam Sacks, Cyber Policy Fellow, International Security Program, New America “Data in itself is essential. We need it for our economy. We need it for innovation. The issue is when it falls in the hands of adversarial nations and malicious actors, which we see happening on a second-by-second basis with China, unfortunately. That’s something I implore this Congress to address. I think the best way to do that is by enacting a comprehensive data privacy and security law today... Every second we wait is just more data that the CCP is collecting and potentially exploiting against Americans... I think it is just paramount that this is a key priority and is done without delay.” — Brandon Pugh, Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow, R Street Institute PROTECTING CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING FROM BIG TECH “As a mother and a grandmother, I’m deeply concerned about the ways TikTok is manipulating our children. I’ve seen the reports detailing that China’s version of TikTok offers a kid-friendly version with educational videos, learning tools, and time limits set on what the children look at. Then you come over here and you see the opium version, which addicts our children.” — Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) “Representative Harshbarger alluded to the fact that in China, on TikTok, children 14 and younger are limited to 40 minutes. In the United States they have the algorithms set to do shorter videos that are meant to create dopamine hits in your brain. There was a survey done between the United States and China of 14-year-olds asking what is the most aspirational career you want to have. In the United States the number one answer was a social media influencer. In China they said they wanted to be an astronaut. If you want to look at the future of our two nations, start here.” — Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL)



Feb 6, 2023
Hearings

Health Subcommittee Chairman Guthrie Rules Committee Remarks on H.R. 185

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) delivered the following remarks at a Rules Committee meeting on H.R. 185, a bill to End the Cruel International Travel COVID Shot Mandate:  MOVING AMERICA BEYOND COVID-19   “Thank you for considering the bill before us today. Last week, we had a couple of bills dealing with COVID—one vaccine mandate for health care workers, which is the only CMS vaccine mandated for health care workers—and my bill to declare the emergency over.  “President Biden actually did announce that the emergency is going to be over on May 11, so we have a lot of work to do moving forward.  “Now we move forward to ask for support for HR 185, which provides another opportunity for us to move our country back to normal.”  ENDING AN OUT OF TOUCH POLICY   “H.R. 185, introduced by Mr. Massie, a Member of this Committee and a fellow Kentuckian, it would finally put an end to the CDC’s requirement for international travelers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the United States through air—through flying to this country.   “The bill would also prevent the CDC from implementing any similar mandates to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the United States through air.   “This policy is out of touch with the rest of the world.   “The U.S. is the only country in North America with this requirement, and most other countries have no testing or vaccination requirements at all.   “Also, the Biden administration fails to provide exceptions for religious or moral reasons.  “As with other vaccine mandates, this requirement will not end on May 11, and thus far, the administration has not indicated any plans to change it.  “It is long past due to end this mandate.  “Doing so will align the United States with the rest of North America’s COVID-19 vaccine policy for people coming into the country and recognize COVID-19 is an endemic—rather than a pandemic.  “Further, this will serve as an important check-and-balance against President Biden’s overreaching polices by requiring the President to come to Congress in order to enact similar policies in the future.” 



Feb 6, 2023
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Announces Full Committee Markup to Consider Oversight and Authorization Plan for 118th Congress

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) today noticed a Full Committee markup to consider the Committee's Oversight and Authorization Plan for the 118th Congress.  “For the past two years, Democrats have largely declined to conduct oversight over the Biden administration. From authoritarian COVID-19 policies, to the President’s war on American energy, to a host of issues in between, Republicans will work to hold the executive branch accountable to the American people. Our Committee will prioritize identifying and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse within the federal government. Ultimately, these efforts will help restore public trust in government and inform our ability to develop good policy and reauthorize lapsed agencies and programs within our purview.”  WHAT : A Full Committee Markup to consider adoption of the Oversight and Authorization Plan for the 118th Congress  DATE: Thursday, February 9, 2023  TIME : 9:00 AM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The markup will be open to the public and press, and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the markup, please contact Lauren Eriksen with the Committee staff at Lauren.Eriksen@mail.house.gov .   Item to be considered:  Oversight and Authorization Plan for the 118th Congress



Feb 3, 2023

Chairs Rodgers & Bilirakis Notice Subcommittee Markup of Five Bills

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) and Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) today noticed a subcommittee markup of five bills.  “It’s no secret the Chinese Communist Party wants to replace the U.S. as a global economic and technological power. China will do whatever it takes to embed its malevolence into next generation technologies. We look forward to marking up legislation that will ensure the technologies of tomorrow are developed in an ecosystem that promotes America’s values and protects American data from CCP influence.”  WHAT : An Innovation, Data, and Commerce Subcommittee markup of five bills DATE: Tuesday, February 7, 2023  TIME: 2PM ET (or 15 minutes after the Energy and Environment Joint Legislative Hearing concludes)  LOCATION: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building  This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The markup will be open to the public and press, and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the markup, please contact Jessica Herron with the Committee staff at Jessica.Herron@mail.house.gov .   Legislation to be considered includes:  H.R. 750 , the “Chinese-owned Applications Using The Information of Our Nation Act of 2023” or the “CAUTION Act of 2023” (Reps. Cammack (R-FL) and Soto (D-FL) introduced on 02.02.2023).   H.R. 784 , the “Internet Application Integrity and Disclosure Act” or the “Internet Application I.D. Act” (Reps. Fulcher (R-ID) and Pappas (D-NH) introduced on 02.02.2023).  H.R. 742 , the “Telling Everyone the Location of data Leaving the U.S. Act” or the “TELL Act” (Reps. Duncan (R-SC), Kaptur (D-OH), and Perry (R-PA) introduced on 02.02.2023).  H.R. 813 , the “ Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 2023” (Rep. Pence (R-IN) introduced on 02.02.2023).  H.R. 752 , the “Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains Act of 2023” (Reps. Eshoo (D-CA) and Pence (R-IN) introduced on 02.02.2023). 



Feb 2, 2023
Hearings

Subcommittee Chair Latta Opening Remarks on the Evolving Satellite Communications Industry

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) delivered opening remarks at today’s subcommittee hearing titled “ Launching Into the State of the Satellite Marketplace .” Excerpts and highlights below: DRASTIC CHANGES IN SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY “It has been over a decade since this subcommittee held a hearing dedicated to understanding the satellite communications marketplace and the FCC’s role in licensing commercial satellite communications systems. “Since then, how satellite technology is used has changed drastically. “Our esteemed panel before us has experience across the full range of satellite communications technologies. “Satellite technology offers a variety of services spanning high-speed broadband and video delivery, to data services that enable precision agriculture and global financial transactions. “This hearing today is the first step this Committee is taking as we look at these novel issues. “In recent years, satellite communications capabilities have dramatically advanced, and satellite operators have identified new ways to serve customers with greater speed and reliability. “Many satellite operators currently operate, or are seeking to operate, different types of satellite constellations. “Some satellite systems operate in geostationary orbit, while others operate closer to Earth in non-geostationary orbit. “Satellite operations are also global in nature, which adds an additional layer of complexity when developing and operating systems. “Because satellite systems rely on radio spectrum to operate, the use of this spectrum raises complex challenges that U.S. and international regulators must address. “In the last few months, satellite operators and cellular carriers have announced partnerships to stretch connectivity further into rural and remote areas. “International standards bodies are also making progress in identifying technical specifications for greater integration of 5G with satellite communications technologies. “These are significant developments that may provide new or enhanced opportunities to connect unserved Americans.” ENSURING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP “We must also ensure continued American leadership in advanced communications services. “In order to do that, our regulations must foster an environment of innovation and certainty. “As countries like China seek to dominate the technologies of the future, we must make the United States an attractive place to invest in cutting edge developments that align with American values and guarantee the availability of trusted satellite communications. “The FCC plays an important role in licensing new or enhanced satellite communications systems, and it is important we understand the current licensing and regulatory process and the impact these rules have on our international competitiveness.”



Feb 2, 2023
Hearings

Chair Rodgers: Next-gen Satellite Technologies Must be Developed in America, not China

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) delivered opening remarks at today’s Communication and Technology subcommittee hearing titled “Launching Into the State of the Satellite Marketplace.” E xcerpts and highlights below: “I would like to congratulate you, Bob Latta, on leading the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this Congress and to Buddy Carter for becoming the Vice Chair. “Congratulations to you, Ranking Member Matsui, on your new role too. “Under your leadership, I know this subcommittee will lead to help close the digital divide and ensure America leads a new era of innovation and entrepreneurship. “Finally, welcome to all our new members joining the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. “I’m looking forward to all the great work we will do together.” BEATING CHINA “We’re here today to discuss how America can keep pace with the rapidly evolving satellite communications industry. “Countries like China seek to undermine us in a range of advanced communications technologies, including next-gen satellite technology. “We can’t afford to let this happen. “The Chinese Communist Party will do whatever it takes to embed their authoritarianism into next generation technologies like these. “This is a country that spies on its citizens and asserts strict government control over businesses and the economy. “They want to replace the U.S. as the economic and technological power so they can spread their values and vision of the future. “We need to make sure these technologies are developed in an ecosystem that promotes America’s values, not China’s. “As this technology evolves, we must reevaluate and adapt the regulatory environment to make sure America is winning the future, beating China, and continue to push the limits of innovation to solidify American dominance. “Satellite technologies have become vital to the communications marketplace, providing services to connect millions of American homes and businesses. “To ensure the U.S. leadership, we need to foster a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and guarantees that the reliable services they provide remain available to combat bad actors seeking to undermine our national interests.” SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS MARKETPLACE “This Subcommittee is at the forefront of protecting and enhancing technological innovation in the U.S. “We’re responsible for overseeing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration. “In recent years, the satellite marketplace has seen a surge of investment because of a combination of lower launch costs to innovations that have made satellites more affordable, reliable, and available. “Some estimates show the space industry could triple to a $1.4 trillion market within a decade. “The FCC has received dozens of applications for new NGSO satellite systems, indicating that the industry is ready to lead in this space. “American satellite operators are providing in-home broadband at faster speeds than ever before as well as key voice and data services to these industries and the Federal government. “Both longstanding operators and newer entrants have made or announced significant investments in next-generation systems. “It’s been far too long since Congress reassessed the role of satellite technology in the communications marketplace and whether or not our regulatory environment encourages investment and innovation in the space economy, or hampers it. “Today’s hearing is our first step in what will be a robust effort to evaluate the state of the satellite marketplace.” LEADING A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN INNOVATION “Many existing and proposed satellite systems raise novel questions about the use of space and spectrum that the FCC’s rules do not address. “For example, large non-geostationary orbit, or NGSO, satellite systems use spectrum more intensely than other types of satellite systems. “These NGSO systems are required to share spectrum, and the rules that govern sharing will be a critical ingredient to their success. “Moreover, the satellite marketplace is global. “Operators from around the world need to be able to license in many different regions, including the U.S. “Because of the global nature of the satellite industry, we need to consider international considerations on the use of spectrum as well as orbital resources that are unique to the industry. “We must lead in this industry, and we must ensure that our regulations encourage this innovation, rather than stifle it. “I look forward to hearing more from our witnesses about the industry and how this Committee can be a partner to promote U.S. leadership, competition, and innovation in satellite communications.”



Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie Launch E&C’s 118th Congress COVID-19 Origins Investigation

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today launched the committee’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19 for the 118th Congress. The members sent letters to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and EcoHealth Alliance for information and documents as well as formally noticing a preservation of documents related to research done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).  “With more than a million American lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, fully examining all available evidence to have a clearer picture of the origins of COVID-19 is one of the greatest public health responsibilities of our lifetime. For the past two years, Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans have been pursuing an in-depth investigation into the early days of SARS-CoV-2 with an emphasis on the virus’ origins,” said Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie. “Despite severely inadequate cooperation to date from the NIH and EcoHealth, we expect greater responsiveness to our Republican majority—either voluntarily or through the Committee’s authority. As we learned in yesterday’s oversight hearing, the stakes are too high with the growing risks of future pandemics for our nation not to unite behind stronger efforts to investigate the origins of pandemics. We will continue to pursue the facts related to how NIH spends taxpayer dollars and to what extent it was involved in potentially dangerous research in a hostile nation within a lab that was not at an adequate biosafety level. Bringing the truth to light is crucial in our efforts to help restore public trust in our government institutions.”  The letters come in the lead up to a February 8, 2023, joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health hearing titled: “ The Federal Response to COVID-19 ” at which Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., PhD., Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director at the NIH, is confirmed to testify.  KEY NIH LETTER EXCERPT:   “The COVID-19 pandemic is a catastrophic biological incident resulting so far in the deaths of more than a million Americans and more than 6 million people worldwide. The threat of similar pandemics is increasing. As the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted, globalization, climate change, and urbanization has increased the probability, intensity, and frequency of catastrophic biological incidents. A study in 2021 found a high probability of observing pandemics similar to COVID-19 (probability of experiencing it in one’s lifetime is 38 percent), which may double in coming decades. The global proliferation of high-containment laboratories has similarly increased the probability of a catastrophic biological incident caused by the escape of a pandemic pathogen. “  CLICK HERE to read the full letter to Dr. Tabak.  KEY ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE LETTER EXCERPT:   “As noted by the NIH and in EcoHealth’s correspondence with NIH, EcoHealth failed to obtain laboratory notebooks and electronic files of transgenic mice experiment(s) conducted by the WIV as a research activity supported by the NIH grant. This material failure violated the NIH grant terms and conditions. There is no evidence that the work from the experiment(s) was ever published. There is no substantiation of the experiment(s) other than the WIV’s assertions to EcoHealth that included inconsistent and incomplete data representations. Thus, there was no scientific work product produced for the American taxpayers who helped finance these efforts, and no useful information to support pandemic preparedness efforts. Further, EcoHealth's lack of monitoring of the WIV research in accordance with NIH grant terms presented additional biosafety risks, raising questions about the possibility that WIV biosafety lapses could have contributed to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.”   CLICK HERE to read the full letter to EcoHealth Alliance President Dr. Peter Daszak.  CLICK HERE to read more about the Energy and Commerce Republicans COVID-19 origins investigation. 



Feb 1, 2023
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers, Griffith, and Guthrie Announce Joint Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee and Health Subcommittee Hearing on COVID-19 Response

Members Request Testimony from CDC, FDA, NIH, and ASPR Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced a joint hearing of the Oversight and Investigations and Health subcommittees. It will focus on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.    “With more than one million Americans lost to the pandemic and our government health agencies having lost the American public’s trust due to misguided mandates and lockdowns, it’s critical to thoroughly examine all aspects of the pandemic response. This is the first of a series of hearings and investigations that our committee will conduct. It’s imperative that we hear from these government health agencies to uncover what decisions were made and why, hold individuals accountable for errors, bolster our pandemic preparedness moving forward, and start on the long road to rebuilding public trust in our institutions.”    Joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Health Hearing Titled: “The Federal Response to COVID-19.”   WHAT : A hearing to examine and discuss the past, present, and future of the federal response to COVID-19.  DATE : Wednesday, February 8, 2023  TIME : 10:00 AM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  WITNESSES:    Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., PhD. , Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director, National Institutes of Health  The Honorable Robert Califf, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration  Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  The Honorable Dawn O’Connell, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press, and will be livestreamed onlin e at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Lauren Eriksen or Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at Lauren.Eriksen@mail.house.gov and Jolie Brochin@mail.house.gov .