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Jan 30, 2023
Big Tech

TikTok CEO to Testify at Energy and Commerce Committee

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today announced that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will appear before the committee to testify on TikTok’s consumer privacy and data security practices, the platforms’ impact on kids, and their relationship with the Chinese Communist Party. It will be Chew’s first appearance before a Congressional committee.  “Big Tech has increasingly become a destructive force in American society. The Energy and Commerce Committee has been at the forefront of asking Big Tech CEOs – from Facebook to Twitter to Google – to answer for their companies’ actions. These efforts will continue with TikTok. ByteDance-owned TikTok has knowingly allowed the ability for the Chinese Communist Party to access American user data. Americans deserve to know how these actions impact their privacy and data security, as well as what actions TikTok is taking to keep our kids safe from online and offline harms. We’ve made our concerns clear with TikTok. It is now time to continue the committee’s efforts to hold Big Tech accountable by bringing TikTok before the committee to provide complete and honest answers for people.”  Chew will testify at a full committee hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23, 2023. Additional details to follow. 



Jan 27, 2023
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Announces E&C Full Committee Organizational Meeting for the 118th Congress

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today announced the Full Committee Organizational Meeting for the 118th Congress.  MEETING NOTICE: Full Committee Organizational Meeting for the 118th Congress   WHAT : A meeting to formally organize the committee  DATE : Tuesday, January 31, 2023  TIME : 10:00 AM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  AGENGA :  Welcome and opening remarks by the Chair and Ranking Member,  Introduction of new members of the Committee  Approval of the rules of the Committee for the 118th Congress  Adoption of the six standing subcommittees  Announcement of the Republican Subcommittee Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Subcommittee members  Announcement of Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members and Subcommittee members  Adoption of the oversight plan  This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press, and will be livestreamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/ .



Chairs Rodgers and Latta Announce First Communications and Technology Subcommittee Hearing of the 118th Congress

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and incoming Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) today announced a hearing on ensuring America continues to lead in the burgeoning satellite communications industry.  “Next-generation satellite technologies are revolutionizing the communications marketplace. Yet many of our nation’s laws and regulations haven’t been updated in decades. Given the growth and innovation in this sector, we must ensure the U.S. is keeping pace with this rapidly evolving industry. We look forward to this timely Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on how to ensure America—not China—continues to lead this global industry.”  The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing is Entitled “Launching Into the State of the Satellite Marketplace”   WHAT : A hearing to discuss strengthening American leadership in next-generation satellite communications technology.  DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2023  TIME: 10:30 AM ET  LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.  This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing 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 hearing, please contact Noah Jackson with the Committee staff at Noah.Jackson@mail.house.gov .  



Jan 25, 2023
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers and Guthrie Announce First Health Subcommittee Legislative Hearing

Members will Address Fentanyl Crisis, Suicide Lifelines Breach, and Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and incoming Health Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today announced the first legislative hearing in the Subcommittee on Health of the 118th Congress. It will focus on the illicit fentanyl poisoning crisis, the cybersecurity breach of suicide lifelines, and Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) measures.  “There is inherent value and dignity in every human life. Yet, we see so many in society in without hope. At a time when deaths of despair were heightened, we learned of a hack of the 9-8-8 suicide lifeline, taking a critical lifeline out of commission for hours. From the families and loved ones of the 71,000 deaths related to synthetic opioids, like fentanyl and its analogues, to those with disabilities or a rare condition worried about being denied access to treatment because of dehumanizing calculations by the federal government—we hear you. Your lives, and the lives of your loved ones, are worth living.”  Subcommittee on Health Hearing Entitled “Lives Worth Living: Addressing the Fentanyl Crisis, Protecting Critical Lifelines, and Combatting Discrimination Against Those with Disabilities.”   WHAT : A hearing to discuss the illicit fentanyl poisoning crisis, the cybersecurity breach of suicide lifelines, and Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) measures.   DATE : Wednesday, February 1, 2023  TIME : 10:00 AM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  WITNESSES : Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.  LEGISLATION UNDER DISCUSSION: The HALT Fentanyl Act , the 9-8-8 Lifeline Cybersecurity Responsibility Act , the Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act , and the Protecting Health Care for All Patients Act   This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing 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 hearing, please contact Jolie Brochin with the Committee staff at Jolie.Brochin@mail.house.gov .



Jan 25, 2023
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers and Griffith Announces First Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Hearing

Members Will Discuss Recent Report on Biological Outbreak Investigations Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and upcoming Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today announced the first hearing of the 118th Congress in the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. It will focus on a report by the Government Accountability Office examining the challenges of investigating the origins of infectious disease pandemics and biological outbreaks as well as recommendations for improvement in the future.  “With more than a million American lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, uncovering the origins of future pandemics is the public health question of our lifetime. For the past two years, Energy and Committee Republicans have been pursuing an in-depth investigation into the early days of SARS-CoV-2 with an emphasis on the virus’ origins. As the committee begins to consider legislation to prevent future pandemics and biological outbreaks, it’s crucial that we understand what technologies and capacities we need to quickly determine an outbreak’s origins.”  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing Entitled: “Challenges and Opportunities to Investigating the Origins of Pandemics and Other Biological Events.”   WHAT : A hearing to discuss how to develop more capabilities for investigating the origins of pandemics and other biological events.  DATE : Wednesday, February 1, 2023  TIME : 2:00 PM ET  LOCATION : 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  WITNESSES : Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.     This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing 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 hearing, please contact Lauren Eriksen with the Committee staff at Lauren.Eriksen@mail.house.gov .     



Jan 24, 2023
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Announces First Energy and Commerce Hearing

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) announced the first hearing of the 118th Congress, which will focus on restoring American energy dominance and strengthening U.S. economic, environmental, and national security:  “Energy is foundational to everything, from our economic to our national security. It’s all connected, and the U.S. has consistently been at the forefront of energy innovation and technological breakthroughs, all while leading the world to reduce emissions. I look forward to convening this important first hearing to determine how we can restore American leadership by flipping the switch and unleashing American energy.” Full Committee Hearing Entitled “American Energy Expansion: Strengthening Economic, Environmental, and National Security.”   WHAT: A hearing to discuss the importance of restoring American energy dominance and strengthening U.S. economic, environmental, and national security.  DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2023   TIME: 11:00 AM ET  LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building   WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.   This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing 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 hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson with the Committee staff at Kaitlyn.Peterson@mail.house.gov



Jul 19, 2022
Press Release

Leader Rodgers Opening Remarks in Oversight Subcommittee Hearing Protecting Life

Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks in today’s Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee hearing on protecting life and the Democrats’ radical and extreme agenda for abortion for all nine months. Excerpts and highlights from her prepared remarks: ROE NEVER SETTLED THE ISSUE OF ABORTION “I expect a lot of discussion today about quote, ‘codifying Roe,’ so I want to be very clear. “Roe v. Wade never settled the issue of abortion. “For decades, it divided America in unimaginable ways over the sharpest, most soul-searching issue before us a nation. “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said herself in 1985, that it has ‘provoked, not resolved, conflict.’ “She was right then, and those words are true today.” AMAZING MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS FOR BABIES IN THE WOMB “Further, the Roe decision never kept up with the science. “Because of technology today we can see a baby develop day-by-day. “Doctors perform prenatal surgeries to treat babies as patients in the womb and save their lives. “That wasn’t possible in 1973 when Roe was decided. Decades later look how far we’ve come. “The first successful fetal surgery wasn’t until 1981. “In 2002, three American hospitals led the way in the MOMS trial to see if babies diagnosed with spina bifida had a better quality of life after birth if they had surgery while in the womb. “As Stat News reported, doctors stopped the trial early because the results were so conclusive—fetal surgery was better for babies and their ability to walk later in life. “As of 2011, fetal surgery for this diagnosis is the standard of care. “In addition, the world’s first successful fetal heart surgery was in 2016. “Doctors removed a fast-growing heart tumor from a baby inside the womb at 6 months. “Surely, these are medical achievements the American Medical Association celebrated to save lives, so I’m disappointed you are here today to advocate for an agenda for more abortion. “Roe doesn’t reflect the latest research or modern medicine. “The science has evolved. We should be learning from this and come to reject abortion because it is inhumane.” THE GREATEST QUESTION FOR OUR GENERATION “Now, nearly 50 years after Roe, the Supreme Court has affirmed the American people’s right to speak through their elected officials and enact laws to protect unborn children. “So, the question is upon us. How do we want to define the human rights issue of our generation? “Is it by dehumanizing life and promoting a culture that destroys the most vulnerable among us? “Or is it by making abortion unthinkable by leading a new era that celebrates the science and every person’s God-given unalienable human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.” ABORTIONS FOR ALL NINE MONTHS “Unfortunately, the Democrats are choosing a path of more pain, insecurity, and dehumanization. “Last week, Democrats passed the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act and the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act. “This agenda is not about codifying Roe v. Wade. The Democrats’ extreme abortion agenda goes far beyond that. “While my colleagues across the aisle talk about 1973, this is the future they want to create in America: “Abortions for all nine months of pregnancy. “Unrestricted abortions for any reason including based on race, sex, and disability. “The elimination of people with Down syndrome. “The destruction of pro-life pregnancy centers providing health care and helping women and their babies. “The denial of science and amazing medical achievements. “And, doctors and health care providers forced to violate their sincerely held beliefs and perform abortions. “There is nothing about this agenda that celebrates human rights or the dignity of every person. “This is not how I define a free and just society for my daughters and my son.” HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE UNBORN “Every person—born and unborn—has human rights. It’s self-evident and for America to be a more perfect union, our laws must reflect that. “I hope that today, we can have a more informed discussion about how we can build a better future, so women and their babies have the love, care, and support they need at every stage of life. “Let’s come together to help the most marginalized in society, especially the weakest and most vulnerable who don’t have a voice. “I want to thank and recognize, Dr. Christina Francis, with the American Association of Pro-Life OBGYNs. “Your expertise is valued, and I’m grateful you are here today to dispel the fear and misinformation President Biden and Democrats are spreading to promote abortion for all nine months. “Women everywhere deserve the truth.”



Jul 19, 2022
Press Release

Oversight Republican Leader Griffith Opening Remarks in Hearing on Protecting Life

Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader for Oversight and Investigations Morgan Griffith (R-VA) delivered opening remarks at today’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on protecting life and the Democrats’ radical and extreme agenda for abortion for all nine months. Excerpts and highlights from his prepared remarks: AN EXTREME AGENDA “Just three years ago, in my home commonwealth of Virginia, an aggressive abortion bill introduced by Delegate Kathy Tran in the House of Delegates caused an uproar. “During questioning by now Speaker of the House Todd Gilbert, the sponsor herself admitted that her bill would legalize abortion in the final moments before birth – even after a mother is dilated at 40 weeks – provided one doctor certified that continuation of the pregnancy would in some way impair the mother’s mental health. “Even during follow-up questions by Delegate Gilbert, Delegate Tran confirmed that her bill’s language would allow for that possibility. “Adding fuel to the fire, then-Governor Ralph Northam made the following public comments when asked about Delegate Tran’s bill: ‘If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.’ “This statement shocked many, who criticized it as being in favor of infanticide. “It is inconceivable that a baby born alive should not have the same rights as any other newborn. “It is inconceivable that if the life of a mother is not threatened, that you could abort a baby even after dilation. “It is inconceivable to me that some would advocate for terminating the life of a child after he or she has been born. “So inconceivable to me were these views that after learning of the Governor’s comments, I held off on releasing a strongly worded statement, assuming that he would quickly clarify his statement and rebut this horrific interpretation. “Unfortunately, this did not happen. “After widely being accused of supporting infanticide, the Governor stood by his comments the next day. “The Governor doubled down and said he had ‘no regrets’ about his comments. “It’s clear that some radical pro-abortion advocates have moved way past safe, legal, and rare. And this isn’t a recent development – we only need to look back to 2019 right across the river in Virginia. “This is just one example of how some abortion supporters have failed to acknowledge the humanity of an unborn child or even a child born alive.” THE RIGHT TO LIFE “As a strong supporter of the right to life, I welcome the Dobbs opinion. The Supreme Court got the law right in Dobbs. “The majority opinion made a well-reasoned and persuasive argument that Roe took power out of the hands of the people and the state legislators. “The Court has restored democratic principles to this issue.” SUPPORTING MOTHERS AND CHILDREN “It is important for those of us who call ourselves pro-life to support mothers, children, and adoptive families. We have a foundation to build on. “According to a report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, there were more than 2,700 pregnancy help centers nationwide in 2019, providing free and low-cost services to millions of people annually. “These centers provide help and alternatives to abortion. “More than 800,000 lives were saved at pregnancy help centers from 2016 to 2020. In addition, the federal government offers programs to aid adoptive families. “And we should do even more to help adoptive parents. “It’s time for our country to move on from the grave constitutional and moral error of Roe and make progress on fulfilling the right to life. “In closing, I am disappointed that the majority denied us a second witness on today’s panel. “Particularly when reviewing a topic so important to many citizens in front of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, I believe a more balanced representation of the merits from both sides of the debate would have been valuable to today’s conversation. “I understand the practice is for the majority to host most of the witnesses for a hearing but to stack a panel 5 to 1 like this does not allow for a truly balanced, fact-finding hearing—particularly on such an important issue. “We should strive to hear from multiple viewpoints, particularly on an issue as deeply personal as abortion.”



Jul 18, 2022
Health

Leader Rodgers Rules Remarks on the Payouts for Planned Parenthood Act

Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following remarks before Rules Committee today on H.R. 8373, the Payouts for Planned Parenthood Act. Her remarks, as prepared for delivery: “I want to be very clear. Every woman’s potential journey to motherhood is different. “I support their access to contraception. If Democrats came to me and asked to work together on a bill, I would have been happy to roll up my sleeves and work with them. “Going back to more than 5 years, Republicans on both sides of the Capitol have introduced the ‘Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act,’ which would help make birth control available over-the-counter. “Unfortunately, today, rather than work with us, Democrats are again spreading fear and misinformation in an attempt to pass a poorly drafted bill, which opens the door further to their extreme abortion-on-demand agenda.” THE PAYOUTS FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACT “We have many concerns about H.R. 8373 and its vague and intentionally broad language. “Just like the bills last week, it has had no committee or proper legislative process. We first saw this text on Friday, just three days ago. “First, this bill is a trojan horse for more abortions. It should be called the Payouts for Planned Parenthood Act. “It defines the term contraception so broadly it includes drugs used for chemical abortions and would permit the use of certain contraceptives to b e used off-label for abortions. “It would send more taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, freeing up more funds for them to provide abortions and end the lives of the most helpless among us. “Second, this bill endangers the health and safety of women. “It removes state oversight of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers who prescribe non-FDA approved drugs and prescribe certain contraceptive drugs for off-label use for abortions without any restrictions. “Third, H.R. 8373, will continue President Biden’s war on religious liberty and conscience protections. “ It would force health providers to violate their sincerely held beliefs to perform sterilizations, including on minors. “It would also force organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religion and prescribe contraception. “For all the fearmongering that’s being spread right now about Supreme Court precedents being threatened, where is the respect for the Little Sisters and their victory for their constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom? “And finally, this bill undermines laws that protect minors, people who have a mental illness, and incarcerated women from irreversible sterilization procedures. “This means that under this extreme agenda, a Planned Parenthood can use taxpayer dollars to sterilize a 13-year-old without her parents’ knowledge. “A Medicaid beneficiary who is has a mental disability can be sterilized without informed consent.” THE FACTS “The unfortunate reality today is this bill goes too far and defies the most basic safeguards meant to protect women and children. “Women deserve the truth. Not more fear and misinformation that forces an extreme agenda on the American people. “These are the facts. Republicans have led to make birth control available over the counter. In 2019, the federal government, under a Republican President, spent $1.8 billion on family planning. “Contraception is fundamentally different than abortion, a distinction recognized by the pro-life community, doctors, medical professionals, the science, and in Justice Alito’s Dobbs opinion. “Abortion intentionally ends a human life. Contraception is to prevent conception. “There is a clear distinction. “For Democrats to conflate these issues, it’s more fearmongering and scare tactics that are a disservice to women everywhere.” DEMOCRATS’ EXTREME ABORTION AGENDA “Last week, Democrats made their intentions known with the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act and the Ensur ing Access to Abortion Act. “Their agenda, this agenda that’s being driven right now in the House, is not about codifying Roe v. Wade. It goes far beyond that. “It's an agenda to nationalize abortion for all nine months of pregnancy. “It’s for unrestricted abortions based on sex, race, and disability—including Down syndrome. “It’s the denial of science that allows women and their babies to be treated as patients in the womb. “There is no part of this agenda that celebrates human rights or the dignity and value of every person. “But what does Speaker Pelosi call it? She says it is not up for negotiation. “This is not how I define a free and just society for my daughters and my son.” HUMAN RIGHTS “I again ask, how do we want to define the human rights issue of our generation? “I’ll keep returning to this committee and the floor of the House to ask that very question. Why? Because it’s there that I find hope. “Hope that we can help the most marginalized in society, especially the weakest and most vulnerable who do not have a voice. “Hope that we can come together to support every woman’s path to a better life and every mother’s different journey to motherhood. “Every person’s life is worth living. It’s worthy of our protection. “That is what can’t be negotiated, the self-evident truth that every person—born and unborn—has value, meaning, and purpose. “Rather than rushing another poorly drafted and extreme bill through the People’s House, let’s build upon what is the strongest foundation possible, a foundation that is uniquely American for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.”