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#SubCommTech Advances Legislation to Reduce Workload & Increase Efficiency at FCC

Feb 4, 2015
Hoping Third Time is the Charm, Subcommittee Makes Quick Work of Bipartisan Bill with Long Record of Support

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today approved legislation to reduce the reporting workload and increase efficiency at the Federal Communications Commission. The bipartisan bill had previously passed the House the last two Congresses but failed to clear the Senate. Committee leaders are confident that the bill will make it to the president’s desk this new Congress.

"The bill consolidates eight discrete reports into one thorough and holistic review of the communications marketplace, with the aim of giving a more accurate view of the advancements and challenges in the fast moving and innovative communications and technology sector. It also reduces the burden on the FCC by eliminating outdated and unnecessary reports," said Walden. "Our subcommittee will continue to do our work, large and small, in as thoughtful and bipartisan manner as possible. When we work together, we produce good work for the country."

"One of this committee’s longstanding priorities is to modernize government for the innovation era – to encourage greater efficiency and accountability. This can make a real difference in people’s lives, especially in the communications and technology sector where the United States is a global leader in innovation, connectivity, and economic growth," added full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). "Without a single vote against this bill in the past, it is my hope that the third time is the charm and we will see it signed into law by the president as soon as possible."

House Majority Whip Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), author of the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act, speaks during today’s markup.

After adopting a bipartisan manager’s amendment, the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act was approved by voice vote.