#RecordOfSuccess in Photos

July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today added to its #RecordOfSuccess by approving seven bills in the health and telecommunications sectors.

“This committee has worked to advance three primary goals of promoting job creation and economic growth, transforming Washington to create a smaller, modernized government for the innovation era, and protecting families, communities, and civic initiatives. We have enjoyed great bipartisan success, with over sixty bills through the House, and over 15 public laws. Just this week, three more bills passed the House, and two of our bills are currently awaiting the president’s signature. But our work is not done, and with this markup, we build upon our record of results as we consider seven bills,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

Chairman Upton delivers his opening statement at the full committee markup.

Full committee Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX) discusses H.R. 3670, the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2013, a bill he authored with Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and committee member Leonard Lance (R-NJ).

This bipartisan bill will protect consumers against fraudulent actors and deceptive text messages by updating the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which prohibits entities from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information. 

H.R. 3670 was approved, as amended, by a voice vote. 

H.R. 5161, the E-LABEL Act, was authored by Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH), full committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), and subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

The E-LABEL Act reduces regulatory burdens faced by electronics manufacturers. It removes the requirement that electronic devices contain a physical label to detail information required by the FCC and gives manufacturers the option of providing labeling information on the screen of the device.

H.R. 5161 was approved by a voice vote. 

Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) discusses H.R. 1575, the Kelsey Smith Act, authored by Reps. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), committee member Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO).

The Kelsey Smith Act requires telecommunications carriers to share call location data with law enforcement when it is necessary to respond to an emergency call or in an emergency situation where a person’s life may be in danger.

H.R. 1575 was approved as amended, by a voice vote. 

Committee staff note the passage H.R. 4067, a bill authored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) that would help ensure patients, including Medicare patients and those in rural communities, have access to the health care they need. 

H.R. 4067 was approved by voice vote. 

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) speaks in support of his bill, H.R. 5214, which­ requires the HHS Secretary to publish specific recommendations for the development of clinical data registries.

H.R. 5214 was approved by a voice vote. 

Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) discusses H.R. 4701, the Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY).

The bill addresses the growing threat of Lyme Disease and establishes a working group to review federal activities at the Department of Health and Human Services related to Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

H.R. 4701 was approved as amended, by a voice vote. 

Dr. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) discusses his bill H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act.

This bill protects Americans from another broken health care promise. It would enable Americans who purchase health care in the group market to keep their health care plans if they desire.

H.R. 3522 was approved by a vote of 27-20. 

To view the legislation, amendments, and final votes, click here.