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RECAP: Highlights from Wednesday’s Full Committee Markup


11.17.21

Washington, D.C.–Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup and passed 8 health bills, 2 communication and technology bills, and 2 consumer protection and commerce bills with bipartisan support. 

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Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers: 

“I’m proud of today’s bipartisan work. Thank you to all our members who are leading. It’s proof that when we work together, we achieve policies that drive real results.” 

Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie: 

“My bill, H.R. 5561, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Reauthorization Act would reauthorize the EHDI program which provides early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for newborns, infants, and young children identified as deaf or hard-of-hearing.  

“Also, I am glad H.R. 1193, the Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy Act or CAROL Act is included in today’s markup. This bill is sponsored by my fellow Kentuckian Andy Barr in recognition of his late wife, Carol who tragically died at 39 years young. I am glad we are advancing this bill out of our committee, making her legacy bill one step closer to becoming law. 

“The CAROL Act and the EHDI Act are great examples of bipartisan work this committee can and does accomplish and I hope we can continue our great bipartisan work.” 

Communication and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta: 

“I am pleased to see that these bills went through regular order, which is how we should always operate in E&C. I hope we can continue this process moving forward so that we can return to the bipartisan spirit of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and start legislating again. 

“Today, we will be considering H.R. 2501, Mr. Bilirakis’ Spectrum Coordination Act, and H.R. 1218, Mr. Butterfield’s Data Mapping to Save Moms Lives Act. 

“The Spectrum Coordination Act will strengthen interagency coordination between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission on spectrum policy decisions by requiring the agencies to update their Memorandum of Understanding to include processes to resolve spectrum disputes.   

“As we have seen with recent events surrounding mobile deployment in the C-Band spectrum, Federal agencies must improve their communication and share necessary information with all stakeholders early in the spectrum auction process rather than go to the press with baseless, fear-mongering claims.   

“H.R. 2501 is a great first step in addressing these challenges and avoiding these types of public disputes. In addition, I hope that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will start having oversight hearings of these important issues in the near future.” 

Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Leader Gus Bilirakis: 

“The INFORM Consumers Act, H.R. 5502, creates a uniform national standard to protect consumers from bad actors by requiring certain third-party high-volume sellers, of new and unused consumer goods, to verify contact information, such as email, phone number, and business tax ID, within 10 days of being listed as a high-volume seller on an online marketplace.” 

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“I am confident our work here will protect consumers and make online shopping a safer and better experience for all. 

“We also consider the Restoring Brand USA Act, H.R. 4594 that I introduced with my friend Peter Welch. This will make $250 million from the Travel Promotion Fund for Brand USA available to help restore the travel and tourism industry after being crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“This critical sector contributes billions of dollars to local economies and creates countless American jobs. Given its role in attracting international tourism to each of our unique districts, I am grateful we’ll be continuing our bipartisan tradition of supporting the Brand USA program in this Committee today. I want to thank my friend and colleague for working tirelessly with me on this legislation, which I know will benefit his state of Vermont as well as my home state of Florida.” 

The committee passed the following bills to support life-saving research, improve the lives of children with hearing loss, increase access to breakthrough treatments for those with ALS, and support our health workforce. 

Favorably reported to the House: 

  • H.R. 5561, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Reauthorization Act, introduced by Reps. Guthrie (R-KY) and Matsui (D-CA) passed health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 5487, the Stillbirth Health Improvement and Education for Autumn Act of 2021, introduced by Reps. Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Roybal-Allard (D-CA)Castor (D-FL), and Mullin (R-OK) passed the health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 1193, the Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy Act, introduced by Rep. Barr (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. 1667, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, introduced by Reps. Wild (D-PA), McKinley (R-WV)Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)Upton (R-MI), Chu (D-C), Griffith (R-VA), Stevens (D-MI), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Case (R-HI), Van Drew (R-NJ), Napolitano (D-CA), Timmons (R-SC), Suozzi (D-NY), Lee (D-CA), and Stanton (D-AZ) passed the health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee  as amended to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 3320, the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2021, introduced by Reps. Rush (R-IL) and Mullin (R-OK) passed the health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee  as amended to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 4555, the Oral Health Literacy and Awareness Act of 2021, introduced by Reps. Cárdenas (D-CA) and Bilirakis (R-FL) passed the health subcommittee without amendment by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote. 
  • H.R. 5551, the Improving the Health of Children Act, introduced by Reps. Carter (R-GA), Cuellar (D-TX), Trahan (D-MA)Butterfield (D-NC), and Hudson (R-NC) passed the health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee  as amended to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 3537, the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act, introduced by Reps. Quigley (D-IL), McKinley (R-WV), Carter (R-GA), Duncan (R-SC), Guthrie (R-KY), Mullin R-OK), and 93 others passed the health subcommittee as amended by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee  as amended to the House by voice vote. 

The committee passed the following bills to improve commercial spectrum availability and ensure American leadership in future wireless technologies.  

Favorably reported to the House: 

  • H.R. 1218, the Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Actintroduced by Reps. Butterfield (D-NC), Bilirakis (R-FL)Blunt Rochester (D-DE) passed the Communications and Technology subcommittee, as amended, by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 2501, the Spectrum Coordination Act, introduced by Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL) passed the Communications and Technology subcommittee, as amended, by voice vote. Favorably reported in full committee as amended to the House by voice vote.  

The committee passed the following bills to improve safety on e-commerce platforms and strengthen the tourism industry, which was hampered by the pandemic.  

Favorably reported to the House: 

  • H.R. 5502, the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Actintroduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Bilirakis (R-FL) was not voted on in Subcommittee. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote.  
  • H.R. 4594, the Restoring Brand USA Actintroduced by Reps. Bilirakis (R-FL) and Peter Welch (D-VT) was not voted upon in subcommittee. Favorably reported in full committee without amendment to the House by voice vote.  
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