Seven Bipartisan Committee Bills Work to Fight Childhood Cancer, Improve Veteran Access to Broadband, Protect Consumers, and Boost Energy Efficiency
WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today advanced seven Energy and Commerce Committee bills, building on the committee’s bipartisan #RecordOfSuccess. To date, over 130 bipartisan Energy and Commerce bills and provisions have cleared the House.
“With seven more clearing the floor, we continue to build upon the committee’s proud #RecordOfSuccess. From fighting childhood cancer to helping our vets, these bipartisan bills taken together are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our members to make a difference. Our work continues,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).
The bills passed by the House today were:
H.R. 756, Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2015, authored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), would make it easier for schools to take advantage of federal programs to help them cut down on energy use. H.R. 756 passed unanimously by voice vote.
H.R. 6375, Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act, authored by committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), would provide an exemption from energy use restrictions for equipment that needs to be on at all times, such as security systems or heart monitors. H.R. 6375 passed unanimously by voice vote.
H.R. 3381, Childhood Cancer STAR Act, authored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), would allow the National Institutes of Health to provide support in collecting information from children, teens, and young adults with cancer, to gain a better understanding of the effects of various treatments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would award grants to states to help improve tracking of childhood cancers. H.R. 3381 passed unanimously by voice vote.
H.Res 939, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all students should have access to the digital tools necessary to further their education and compete in the 21st century economy. The measure is authored by committee member Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). H. Res 939 passed by a vote of 414-1.
H.R. 6394, Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016, authored by committee member Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), would require the Federal Communications Commission to study and report to Congress on the availability of broadband for America’s veterans. H.R. 6394 passed by a vote of 411-4.
H.Res. 932, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that protections against unwanted third-party charges on consumer telephone bills should be improved to empower consumers. The measure is authored by committee member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). H.Res. 932 passed unanimously by voice vote.
S. 2873, Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, authored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) would require the Department of Health and Human Services to study technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models to improve patient care and provider education. S. 2873 passed unanimously by voice vote.