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Dec 14, 2022
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Leader Rodgers: “Free Speech is Foundational to America”

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered remarks at today’s Energy and Commerce Committee markup on a  Resolution of Inquiry  on the Biden administration’s efforts to censor Americans by colluding with Big Tech. Excerpts and highlights from her prepared remarks: SALUTE TO DEPARTING MEMBERS “As the 117th Congress comes to a close, I too want to express appreciation to every member of the committee for their hard work during this Congress for the many issues we were able to address. All very important. “I also want to say that we’re going to miss all of you who are not returning, on our side of the aisle, in particular. “Mr. Upton, former Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, just an extraordinary leader of this committee. I’ll always remember when you were in the chair, prioritizing bipartisan work. You wanted to encourage that tradition on this committee and encourage members to come together wherever possible. “I also will remember you for your leadership on 21st Century Cures with Diana Degette and so many others on the committee, making sure that America continues to lead on cures and breakthroughs. “You led the charge there. You set a high bar for all of us. You’ve been just an extraordinary representative. “I also want to call out Mr. McKinley, who is one of our ranking members. Again, such commitment to the people of West Virginia as well as the country.” BIG TECH IS CENSORING PEOPLE ONLINE “For years now, Big Tech has been flagging, suppressing, and outright banning conservatives on their platforms simply for not adhering to their political agenda. “They’ve denied all of these accusations, of course, including in front of this very committee and now, thanks to the recent Twitter Files, we know they were lying. “Top Twitter executives were shadow banning conservatives despite Jack Dorsey claiming otherwise when he was before this committee in 2018. “There have been similar reports showing the Biden administration has been colluding with Big Tech to shut down speech, especially speech that runs counter to President Biden’s agenda. “In March, the Surgeon General stood at the White House podium and urged Big Tech to quote ‘do more’ to silence people online. “Fauci, the CDC, and others have used their official government positions to directly ask social media companies to pull down content or even deactivate accounts. “At every turn, Energy and Commerce Republicans have condemned these actions and demanded transparency from the administration and Big Tech.” AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON FREE SPEECH “Free speech is foundational to America and our way of life. “Free speech has led to ingenuity and innovation in everything from science to art. “Free speech has been essential for entrepreneurs succeeding in every industry, including the tech industry. “Our country was founded on this. “Our founding fathers and mothers enshrined the First Amendment to protect against government officials abusing their positions of power and public trust to try to silence the voices of those with whom they disagree. “Free speech should be cherished and preserved. “And any attempt by the government to force, coerce or suggest private companies censor people’s free speech is incredibly alarming and warrants scrutiny. “I am pleased to support this resolution asking for more evidence of these conversations between Big Tech and the administration.”



Dec 14, 2022
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Latta: Censoring Americans is Fundamentally Un-American

Washington, D.C. —  Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH) delivered remarks at today’s Energy and Commerce Committee markup on a  Resolution of Inquiry  regarding the administration coordinating with social media companies to silence Americans. Excerpts and highlights from his remarks: “Today, we will consider a resolution of inquiry sponsored by Mr. Clyde of Georgia to obtain information from the Biden Administration regarding the attempts to silence voices online that haven’t fit into the accepted liberal orthodoxy. “This Committee has a duty to conduct oversight of the Biden Administration, especially when it comes to the government influencing what speech is deemed acceptable. “At a time when the Administration should be focused on lowering prices, unleashing American energy, and securing our southern border, they have instead pressured social media companies to silence the voices of those with whom they disagree. “Repeatedly, Biden Administration officials have used their role to persuade Big Tech companies to shut down conservative viewpoints. “This Administration continues its attempts to regulate free speech, and its officials need to come before this committee to answer for their censorship efforts. “That is fundamentally un-American. “I look forward to today’s discussion and urge my colleagues vote to forward this request for information to the Floor.”



Sep 21, 2022
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Democrats Shut Down E&C GOP Calls for Robust Oversight of Biden Inflation, Energy, and Border Crises

Today, Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee led on many “Resolutions of Inquiry” for robust and proper oversight of the Biden administration’s handling of crises such as surging inflation, rising energy costs, empty store shelves, chaos at the border, and record-high fentanyl poisonings and overdose deaths. Democrats were forced to make a choice between demanding accountability on behalf of the American people or continuing to stonewall legitimate congressional oversight to protect President Biden’s radical agenda.  As Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said today,  “The hardworking people of this country — like the parents who can’t find baby formula, the pipeline worker out of a job, the mom who can’t afford her groceries or electricity bills, and the parents who lost a child to a fentanyl poisoning — deserve accountability and answers.”   Here’s a summary of how Democrats voted on more than a dozen Republican-led oversight measures to hold the Biden administration accountable:  Surging Inflation and Energy Costs   BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s COVID-19 response, including how it mismanaged and wasted trillions of dollars in spending in its first reconciliation package to fund a political agenda and fuel inflation.   BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation on how the administration is exploiting the energy crisis it created to advance a rush-to-green climate agenda.  BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s attempts to declare a National Climate Emergency to impose more taxes, fees, and regulations on hardworking Americans.  BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation on the Biden administration’s abuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) for political purposes to distract from record high gas prices.  BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s actions to undermine our power grid and increase the risk of life-threatening electricity blackouts.   BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation on how the tens of billions of dollars in broadband funding from the infrastructure bill is being spent and to ensure that it is used to close the digital divide & promote economic growth, not to increase inflation.   BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation related to how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair is departing from long-standing bipartisan consensus and instead pushing harmful policies that will allow progressives to radically change the American economy and make inflation worse.  Biden’s Border Crisis   BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s failure to combat the unprecedented crisis of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances.  BLOCKED: Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s decision to revoke Title 42 and continue their open-border agenda.  Baby Formula Crisis APPROVED: In a unanimous 54-0 vote, the Energy and Commerce Committee favorably reported a measure to require the administration to provide certain documents related to its delayed and disastrous response to the baby formula supply crisis. Republicans are now calling on Speaker Pelosi to immediately schedule a floor vote.   Biden’s Socialist Health Care Agenda   BLOCKED:  Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s socialist drug pricing control scheme and how it will lead to fewer cures, treatments, and innovations.  BLOCKED:  Requests for certain documentation related to the lack of leadership by Secretary Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra during the pandemic. Censoring Free Speech   BLOCKED:  Requests for certain documentation regarding attempts by Democrats and liberal organizations to pressure the Federal Communications Commission and private companies to censor conservative media and ban free speech.    BLOCKED:  Requests for certain documentation related to the administration’s coordination with social media companies to censor Americans online under the guise of combatting “misinformation.”



Sep 21, 2022
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E&C Republicans: Biden Must Answer for Inflation, Energy, Border, Fentanyl, and Supply Chain Crises

Washington, D.C. —  Today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans delivered the following opening remarks during a markup of 18 Republican-led “Resolutions of Inquiry” that would require the administration to provide certain documentation for oversight of the Biden administration’s handling of crises such as surging inflation, rising energy costs, empty store shelves, chaos at the border, and record-high fentanyl poisonings and deaths. Excerpts and highlights from their prepared remarks: Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): “Today, we will be considering 18 Resolutions of Inquiry, or ROIs, led by Energy and Commerce as well as other House Republicans. “This unprecedented number of ROIs is due to the unprecedented lack of accountability, transparency, and respect from this administration. “We are the elected representatives of the people. It’s our constitutional responsibility to hold the administration accountable and seek answers on behalf of those we serve. “The documents we need include documents on: “How President Biden’s reckless, radical agenda has led to record-high inflation, skyrocketing energy and food prices, electricity blackouts and empty store shelves; “How an open border agenda and government enforced COVID-19 restrictions increased overdoses and deaths of despair from fentanyl poisonings; “And how his socialist price controls will lead to fewer cures and an increased reliance on Chinese medical supply chains. “From day one, the Biden administration has ignored even the most basic requests from E&C Republicans conducting oversight from the many executive agencies under the Committee’s jurisdiction. “It’s unacceptable, especially given the trillions of dollars that Democrats and the President have spent the last two years causing our cost of living to increase thousands of dollars, gas prices, buying groceries, inflation. […] “We have not held the basic oversight hearings about the administration’s pandemic response, out-of-control spending, the fentanyl crisis killing a record number of people, and the war on American energy that has increased prices, shut down jobs, and threatened people’s ability to keep lights on. “We are the duly-elected representatives of the people in the greatest experiment in self-governance the world has ever known. I ask that today that we join together in reporting these ROIs favorably. “Send a message to the Biden administration that skirting their responsibility must stop. “The hardworking people of this country like the parents who can’t find baby formula, the pipeline worker out of a job, the mom who can’t afford her groceries or electricity bills, and the parents who lost a child to a fentanyl poisoning will get answers. They deserve accountability and answers. “And, I hope we can come together on behalf of them.” Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH): “At a time when our country is battling crippling inflation, a labor shortage, and historic crime rates, the Biden administration continues to ignore the realities of the state of our nation. “This Committee has a duty to conduct oversight of the Biden administration. In the Communications and Technology space, we oversee the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA). “Yet at a time when the Biden Administration has given unprecedented amounts of funding and authority to both of these agencies, this Committee has slacked on its duty. “Assistant Secretary Alan Davidson of NTIA and Chairwoman Rosenworcel of the FCC have appeared before this Committee once. In two years. “This is reckless. It is a dereliction of duty by this Committee to seek answers about how taxpayer money is getting spent, or policies are being implemented. “Instead, my Democrat colleagues chose to spend their time pressuring media outlets and colluding with Big Tech to censor conservative viewpoints.” […] “That is fundamentally un-American. “Today we will consider two resolutions of inquiry sponsored by Mr. Carter and Mr. Bishop to finally get information about the Biden administration’s attempts to silence conservative voices.” Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY): “The theme of today’s hearing is pretty clear: America isn’t working. For almost two years, Democrats in Washington, led by the Biden administration, have caused crisis after crisis, each fueled by reckless spending and a Washington-knows-best approach to governing. “We have record high inflation, despite the President trying to spin that inflation has relatively ‘leveled off’ and ‘been basically even.’ “We have a historic number of illegal border crossing that is fueling an unprecedented rise in drug overdoses from synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, entering our country throughout Southern Border. “We have record-high gas prices, a baby formula shortage that’s left prices high and parents without formula to feed their babies, and most recently an avoidable Monkeypox outbreak.” […] “Although administration officials are not coming before us today, the questions posed in the Resolutions of Inquiry deserve answers. “Issues such as the role the HHS Secretary, our nation’s top public health official, played and continues to play in the pandemic response. “We need answers why HHS keeps falling short of its responsibilities and that starts with its leadership. We need to discuss President Biden’s budget request for more pandemic funding, despite saying the pandemic is over and the Democrats first COVID-19 legislation fueling record inflation. We need answers on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We need answers on how this administration plans to address the very real threats posed by illicit drug trafficking and its toll on American lives, and how the Biden administration possibly came to the conclusion that lowering penalties for fentanyl-related substances would help. “We need answers on the ongoing infant formula crisis and FDA’s plan to ensure this does not happen again. “I’m hoping that Americans get some of the answers they deserve with these Resolutions of Inquiry.” Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Gus Bilirakis (R-FL): “The current state of our country: record high inflation, empty shelves, and nanny state agencies are all direct results of President Biden’s progressive administration. “However, Republicans on this Committee stand ready to fill this oversight void. Our Resolutions of Inquiry are the first step to holding the Biden administration accountable for their actions. “These resolutions will help us obtain the facts from the Executive Branch on critical issues such as the energy crisis, the border crisis, the infant formula crisis, and why every American is paying more for everyday goods with inflation through the roof. “These resolutions will also help us better understand how we can alleviate some of the hardships businesses across the country have faced, like organized retail crime.” […] “This administration seems more focused on regulating main street small businesses than actual solutions, unfortunately.”



Sep 21, 2022
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Leader Rodgers Demands Floor Vote for Oversight on Biden’s Baby Formula Crisis

Energy and Commerce Democrats Agree He has Failed Parents and Babies  BREAKING NEWS : For parents, President Biden and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must answer for empty baby and infant formula shelves.  Republicans and Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee  JUST favorably reported  Congressman Tim Walberg’s (R-MI) H. Res. 1287, which requests certain documents from the administration related to its delayed and disastrous response to this supply crisis.   Now, House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is demanding Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) bring this resolution to the floor.   “Parents—who are already struggling to afford groceries, gas, and electricity bills—still can’t find the baby formula they need,”  said Rodgers.  “President Joe Biden owes them answers. For months, my Republican colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee have been calling for complete transparency from his administration on why it repeatedly failed to act with urgency to address supply shortages and empty shelves. Today, Democrats on the Committee agreed. Now, we are demanding Speaker Pelosi bring this resolution to the floor and require the administration to hand over documents for robust and proper oversight of this crisis. We should do everything we can to make sure the administration is held accountable so these failures never happen again.”  NOTE:  H. Res. 1287 was reported favorably by the Energy and Commerce Committee by a bipartisan vote of (54-0). This comes after Republicans repeatedly called for the Biden administration to be completely transparent to moms and dads struggling to find baby formula. In July, Leader Rodgers, Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Oversight Subcommittee Republican Leader Morgan Griffith (R-VA)  requested  the FDA produce memos and reports sent to the White House about this crisis. To date, the FDA has not shared a complete response to these requests with the Committee despite promises to do so.



Sep 14, 2022
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Guthrie Opening Remarks at Health Subcommittee Markup

Washington, D.C. —  Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) delivered remarks at today’s Health Subcommittee markup on five bills. Excerpts and highlights from his prepared remarks: SOLUTIONS “Today we are marking up several bills, including H.R. 3173, the Seniors Timely Access to Care Act, and H.R. 3655, which addresses very specific problems within a three-decade old vaccine compensation program. “I know H.R. 3173, the Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act, has been a priority for many members of this subcommittee and for good reason. “Prior authorization can be a useful tool, but it needs to be done based on data and in such a way that patients receive the most appropriate type of care without delays and unnecessary paperwork. “This bill strikes the balance between streamlining the prior authorization process while ensuring this tool remains in place. “However, I do hope that we can work toward finding offsets to this bill and H.R. 3655 before they are signed into law.” THE FLINT REGISTRY REAUTHORIZATION ACT “On the Flint legislation, I think this legislation would have benefitted from a hearing so we could understand and discuss the goals of the program and ensure other communities that have been impacted by lead in their water are also able to get the necessary help for those in their communities as well. “I am disappointed that we have not heard directly from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky since March 2021. “Over August, Dr. Walensky announced an internal review of CDC operations, which may include how CDC balances its mission with respect to infectious diseases and then the operation of programs like this Flint registry. “Should CDC support this registry forever? Or now that the registry is established, maybe it should be transitioned to state or local control.” THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S HANDLING OF THE MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK “I should also note that while we are debating these bills the Senate is holding an important oversight hearing with key Biden Administration health officials on the Administration’s response to Monkeypox. “I hope that this committee can hold a preparedness hearing soon and discuss ways in which we can implement more effective approaches to responding to future pandemics.” NEED TO HELP SENIORS AND NURSING FACILITIES   “I also am disappointed that my legislation, H.R. 7744, the Building America’s Healthcare Workforce Act, is not being heard today. “Soon, thousands of temporary nurse aids will be left without work, and consequentially, patients will lose access to individuals who have cared for them at their bedsides throughout the pandemic. “Nursing facilities across the country have historically struggled to recruit and retain good talent, and this legislation would help address the workforce shortage in this field. “I would like to ask the Majority to hold a hearing on this legislation and solutions to address the dire workforce shortage facing our long-term care industry. “Patients, their families, and our health care workforce will be better off if this becomes law.”



Sep 14, 2022
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Leader Rodgers Opening Statement at Health Subcommittee Markup

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered remarks at today’s Health Subcommittee markup on five bills. Excerpts and highlights from her prepared remarks: AREAS OF BIPARTISAN COOPERATION “I’ll start where we agree. “Mr. Hudson and Ms. Herrera Beutler’s H.R 5141, the MOBILE Act will ensure that community health centers could use their grant funding for mobile units. “This will help people in rural communities all across this country access care they need. “In addition, Mr. Upton worked tirelessly on H.R. 3655 to reform the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. “We are taking a small step to improve the program, and I look forward to working with Chairman Pallone for an offset before this moves to the floor. “I appreciate the changes made to Mr. O’Halleran’s legislation that reauthorizes a trauma center grant program, but I still have outstanding concerns about changes to the state matching requirements. “I thank Chairman Pallone for continuing to work with me on this before the full committee markup.” IMPROVING SENIORS’ TIMELY ACCESS TO CARE ACT “We are also moving H.R. 3173, which is a top priority for Dr. Bucshon, and I’m grateful for his hard work and leadership. “We had a hearing in the oversight subcommittee and many members raised concerns about denials and prior authorization delaying the care seniors need. “This bill requires standardization and timely responses and will give seniors more information about how those claims are often denied. “However, just last night, the Congressional Budget Office released an estimate that costs to Medicare will go up by billions over the next 10 years. “My hope is to get this score settled and ultimately offset as we move this important legislation that improves care for seniors while also making sure Medicare is solvent for seniors in the future.” THE FLINT REGISTRY REAUTHORIZATION ACT “The bill I have the most concerns with is the Flint Registry Reauthorization Act. “We have not had a hearing in this Congress to reassess the health harms created by the governmental fiasco and dangerous tragedy that occurred in Flint. “It was a failure at all levels of government — local, state, and federal. “We, we right here, have a responsibility to properly review this and ensure solutions will improve people’s lives and actually prevent a crisis like this from happening again. “People in every part of this country should be able to trust that the water coming out of their taps is safe, that it’s safe for them and their children to drink. “We’re seeing other examples of localities mismanaging their water supply, like the terrifying situation in Jackson, Mississippi. “I understand the railroad labor dispute is threatening clean water around the country too. “These are challenges that deserve this committee’s attention. “Unfortunately, that is not our focus with H.R. 6737. “This bill will add an authorization of another $50 million for quote ‘a city exposed to lead contamination in the local drinking water system.’ “Based on the title and text, that applies only to Flint, Michigan when there are other localities that need our attention too. “It doesn’t include any oversight or review of current state and federal efforts in Flint but it does spend tens of millions of dollars to quote ‘establish’ a registry that’s already been established. “The program has already received more funding than authorized, and it isn’t clear where the money has been spent. “The Flint registry touts, for example, spending money on unrelated costs like shipping 60,000 masks during COVID-19. “My colleagues and I have amendments filed so we can properly debate and bring oversight to this program. “For accountability, we should have had this discussion at a hearing first and worked toward a solution we could all support. “I hope that we can come together to help other communities in America benefit from a registry— communities like Jackson, Mississippi — that are dealing with its own government failures that have led to unsafe drinking water, as well as other areas of the country where this has been an issue. “Overall, I know we will have a robust discussion. “As we head into the full markup, my colleagues and I are eager to ensure the Energy and Commerce Committee is leading for proper oversight that helps us move the best legislation forward.”



Sep 14, 2022
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Health Subcommittee Markup Wrap up

Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are leading on solutions to strengthen our nation’s health care, including access to care in rural communities. Today’s Health Subcommittee markup included five bills.  Legislative Summary:   H.R. 3173, Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021, was forwarded, as amended, to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 3655, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Modernization Act of 2021, was forwarded, as amended, to the Full Committee by a voice vote.   H.R. 5141, the Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health Care Act, was forwarded, as amended, to the Full Committee by a vote of 29-0.  H.R. 8163, the Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act, was forwarded, as amended, to the Full Committee by a voice vote.  H.R. 6737, the Flint Registry Reauthorization Act, was forwarded, as amended, to the Full Committee by a vote of 16-12.  Democrats  blocked  the following Republican-led amendments to H.R. 6737, the Flint Registry Reauthorization Act:  Health Ranking Member Brett Guthrie’s (R-KY) amendment to allow for registries to be established in more than one city.   Rep. Buddy Carter’s (R-GA) amendment to allow for registries to be established in more than one city, including Jackson, Mississippi, and other affected cities and counties in Washington, Minnesota, and West Virginia. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s (R-FL) amendment to require non-Federal recipients of aid under this section to pay a matching amount as a condition of receiving federal aid. Highlights and key excerpts from Leader Rodgers during the markup:  On H.R 5141, the MOBILE Act:  “Mr. Hudson and Ms. Herrera Beutler’s H.R 5141, the MOBILE Act will ensure that community health centers could use their grant funding for mobile units. This will help people in rural communities all across this country access care they need.” On H.R. 3173 ,  Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021:  “We are also moving H.R. 3173, which is a top priority for Dr. Bucshon, and I’m grateful for his hard work and leadership … My hope is to get this score settled and ultimately offset as we move this important legislation that improves care for seniors while also making sure Medicare is solvent for seniors in the future.”  On H.R. 6737, the Flint Registry Reauthorization Act:  “I hope that we can come together to help other communities in America benefit from a registry — communities like Jackson, Mississippi — that are dealing with its own government failures that have led to unsafe drinking water, as well as other areas of the country where this has been an issue.” On H.R. 3655, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Modernization Act of 2021: “ Mr. Upton worked tirelessly on H.R. 3655 to reform the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. We are taking a small step to improve the program, and I look forward to working with Chairman Pallone for an offset before this moves to the floor.”  On H.R. 8163,   the Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act:  “I still have outstanding concerns about changes to the state matching requirements. I thank Chairman Pallone for continuing to work with me on this before the full committee markup.” CLICK HERE  for Leader Rodgers’ full opening statement. CLICK HERE  for Health Subcommittee Leader Guthrie (R-KY) opening statement.



Leader Rodgers: the American Data Privacy and Protection Act includes the most robust privacy protections in the U.S.

Washington D.C —   House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered opening remarks at today’s full Committee markup on several bills protecting Americans and their data, including the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act, which will give Americans more control over their personal information online than any other law in existence.   Her Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:   “This markup has been a long time coming.   “We are one step closer than Congress has ever come to establish national privacy and data security protections.    “People need more control over their information online. They are looking to us—their elected representatives—to act.   PROTECT PEOPLE FROM BIG TECH    “The American Data Privacy and Protection Act includes the most robust privacy protections to date in the U.S. It prohibits Big Tech from tracking, predicting, and manipulating people’s behaviors for profit without their consent.   “For example, it stops Big Tech from reading a person’s email data to see what they click on so they can sell that information to companies running junk mail marketing schemes.   “It prohibits smartphones from accessing personal photos, tracking and sharing information about location, and monitoring the apps people use.     “It requires companies to give people the choice to turn off targeted advertising, which will rein in Big Tech from tracking every aspect of our lives like location data, clicks, and internet search history.    “We also require Big Tech to be transparent to the American people if their information is stored in countries like China and Russia by requiring affirmative express consent to transfer sensitive data to those countries.     PROTECTING KIDS & HELPING PARENTS “Several recent surveys show more than 80 percent of Americans support priorities in the American Data Privacy and Protection Act.    “Further, a majority of parents say if they could choose one priority for Congress, it would be to increase privacy protections.    “Our bill designates all data related to children under 17 as sensitive.   “This means Big Tech will face real consequences if they track this data, create dangerous algorithms, or use it to tailor newsfeeds to profit off our children.   “That means a teenage girl cannot be targeted by Big Tech with ads for diets or dietary supplements, which can lead to dangerous and harmful behaviors like eating disorders.   “As I said before, this is the best chance we have ever had to achieve a strong national standard that protects Americans, no matter where they are or if they travel across state lines.      “Today, we’ll also be marking up several important bills, including Reese’s law, led by Ms. Kelly to protect children, the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2021, introduced by Mr. Armstrong with Ms. Dean, the Informing Consumers About Smart Devices Act led by Mr. Curtis and Mr. Moulton, the RANSOMWARE Act from Mr. Bilirakis, and Mr. Tonko's Manufacturing.gov Act, with Reps. Upton and Axne.   “I look forward to discussing these bills today.”