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Recap: Highlights from Wednesday’s Full Committee Markup


07.21.21

Washington, D.C.–Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup and passed 16 health bills and 8 communication and technology bills with bipartisan support. 

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Leader Rodgers: “Today is a good example of what we can accomplish when we work together. We are moving more than twenty bills to modernize our health care system, lower costs, ensure a robust and secure communications network, and improve people’s lives.” 

Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie: “Today’s markup also includes bills to address substance use disorders after preliminary data from the CDC released last week showed record high overdose deaths. We lost an estimated 93,331 people in the U.S. to overdoses in 2020, which is the highest annual jump in at least three decades.  

“One of the driving factors for this surge in overdose deaths is fentanyl, which the CDC data showed played a role in more than 60% of overdose deaths. 

“Before us today we have H.R. 2364, the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act. This would direct the CDC and other federal agencies to conduct a public awareness campaign on the dangers of synthetic opioids. We must do more than a public awareness campaign. 

“Just the El Paso Sector of the Border Patrol has confiscated 41 pounds of fentanyl this fiscal year. In 2019 the El Paso sector found two pounds of fentanyl and nine pounds of fentanyl in 2020. Keep in mind, roughly 2.2 pounds of fentanyl can kill up to 500,000 people. 

“The current temporary scheduling of fentanyl analogues expires on October 22, 2021. We must permanently add fentanyl analogues to the DEA’s schedule I of scheduled drugs.” 

Communication and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Latta: I am pleased to say that the bills before us were discussed at an oversight hearing and further reviewed in a legislative hearing in the last few months. While the Subcommittee did not markup these bills, each has bipartisan support and is critical for advancing United States leadership and for improving the Federal government’s response to potential future threats. 

“I would like to thank my Republican colleagues for their work spearheading several of the bills before the Committee and my friends across the aisle for their willingness to make improvements to all of the bills we are considering today.” 

 The committee passed the following bills to combat substance use disorders, including opioids and stimulants. 

 Favorably reported to the House:  

  • H.R. 654, the Drug-Free Communities Pandemic Relief Act introduced by Reps. Joyce (R-OH) and Kilmer (D-WA). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 2051, the Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Peters (D-CA) and Curtis (R-UT). Passed health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 2379, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Trone (D-MD) and Sherrill (D-NJ). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 2364, the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act introduced by Reps. Kim (D-NJ) and Pappas (D-NH). Passed health subcommittee amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 2355, the Opioid Prescription Verification Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Davis (R-IL), Bilirakis (R-FL), and Wagner (R-MO). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 

In addition, the committee took action on bills to unleash innovation, boost access to vaccines, improve maternal health care and improve public health. 

Favorably reported to the House: 

  • H.R. 4369 , the National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act introduced by Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) and Rep. Guthrie (R-KY). Passed the health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 4026, the Social Determinants of Health Data Analysis Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Burgess (R-TX) and Blunt Rochester (D-DE). Passed health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 3743, the Supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration Act introduced by Reps. Hudson (R-NC) and Eshoo (D-CA). Passed health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 550, the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act, Reps. Kuster (D-NH) and Bucshon (R-IN). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 1550, Promoting Resources to Expand Vaccination, Education and New Treatments for HPV Cancers Act of 2021 Reps. Castor (D- FL) and Schrier (D-WA). Passed as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 951, the Maternal Vaccination Act introduced by Rep. Sewell (D-AL) and 44 original cosponsors. Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 4387, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Kelly (D-IL), Bucshon, Adams (D-NC), Burgess, Hayes (D-CT), and Latta (R-OH). Passed health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 3742, the “Vaccine Information for Nursing Facility Operators Act” or the “Vaccine INFO Act” introduced by Reps. Bilirakis and Rice (D-NY). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 2347, the Strengthening the Vaccines for Children Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Schrier, Butterfield (D-NC), McKinley (R-WV), and Joyce (R-PA). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 3894, the “Collecting and Analyzing Resources Integral and Necessary for Guidance for Social Determinants Act of 2021” or the “CARING for Social Determinants Act of 2021” introduced by Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Bilirakis (R-FL). Passed health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 

The Committee also favorably reported as amended H.R. 4406, Supporting Medicaid in the U.S. Territories Act, to the House. It was introduced by introduced by Reps. Bilirakis and Soto. It provides five years of Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico and eight years of funding for the other U.S. territories. The bill also includes program integrity provisions for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program.  

This passed health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote and favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote with a commitment from the Majority to keep working before it comes to the House floor to find bipartisan offsets to fully pay for this legislation. 

The committee also passed the following bills to enhance U.S. technology leadership and secure American communications networks and supply chains. 

Favorably reported to the House: 

  • H.R. 2685, Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act introduced by Reps. Eshoo (D-CA) and Kinzinger (R-IL). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 3919, Secure Equipment Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Scalise (R-LA) and Eshoo (D-CA). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 4028, Information and Communication Technology Strategy Act introduced by Reps. Long (R-MO), Spanberger (D-VA), Carter (R-GA), McNerney (D-CA). Favorably reported in full committee amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 4032, Open RAN Outreach Act introduced by Reps. Allred (D-TX), Guthrie (R-KY), O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Hudson (R-NC). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 4045, the “Future Uses of Technology Upholding Reliable and Enhanced Networks Act” or “FUTURE Networks Act” introduced by Reps. Doyle (D-PA) and Johnson (R-OH). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R.4046, NTIA Policy and Cybersecurity Coordination Act introduced by Reps. Duncan (R-SC), Wild (D-PA), and Curtis (R-UT). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 4055, American Cybersecurity Literacy Act introduced by Reps. Kinzinger (R-IL), Eshoo (D-CA), Veasey (D-TX), Houlahan (D-PA), and Bilirakis (R-FL). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 4067, Communications Security Advisory Act of 2021 introduced by Reps. Slotkin (D-MI), Schrader (D-OR), Walberg (R-MI). Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
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