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Full Committee Advances Three Bills to the House Floor for Consideration


WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today advanced three bipartisan bills to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“Collectively, each of these bills exemplify the hard-working, bipartisan nature of this committee,” said #FullCmte Chairman Walden. “Today, we capitalized on an opportunity to make meaningful reforms to our public health efforts and for health care professionals serving our communities, to provide certainty to our manufacturers, and to increase transparency and accountability at the FCC.”

The full committee advanced the following bills:

Originating from #SubHealth:

H.R. 1876, the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017, authored by #SubCommTech Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), passed the committee by voice vote.

  • H.R. 1876 would shield health care professionals from liability when they volunteer their services during a federally declared disaster.
  • H.R. 1876 passed #SubHealth by voice vote, as amended, on January 17, 2018.

Originating from #SubEnergy:

H.R. 3477, Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, authored by committee member Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), passed the committee by voice vote.

  • H.R. 3477 would align the compliance dates for new ceiling fan efficiency standards. Currently, the compliance date for latest ceiling fan light kit standard is January 7, 2019, while the compliance date for the ceiling fan standard is January 21, 2020. This legislation would make the date of compliance for both standards, January 21, 2020.
  • H.R. 3477 passed #SubEnergy by voice vote on January 30, 2018.

Originating from #SubCommTech:

H.R. 4986, the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act (RAY BAUM’s Act), also authored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), passed the committee by voice vote.

  • H.R. 4986 would reauthorize the FCC and include process reforms to ensure the FCC continues to improve its efficiency and transparency.
  • A substitute amendment added provisions to authorize a repack fund to address the apparent shortfall in funding available to relocate broadcasters being displaced in the aftermath of the spectrum auction, and set up new relocation funds for translators, low-power television, and radio stations that will be impacted – supplemented by a consumer education fund.

Electronic copies of the legislation, amendment text, and vote tallies can be found on the committee’s website HERE.

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