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WEDNESDAY: Full Committee to Markup Three Bills


WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), has scheduled a markup for Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

“Our work continues on behalf of the American people this week as we consider several important pieces of legislation that seek to make meaningful reforms to our public health efforts and for the professionals serving our communities, provide certainty to manufacturers, and increase transparency and accountability at the Federal Communications Commission,” said Chairman Walden.

The following bills will be considered:

Legislation originating from #SubHealth:

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

Legislation originating from #SubEnergy:

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

Legislation originating from #SubCommTech:

H.R. 4986, the FCC Reauthorization Act of 2018, also authored by #SubCommTech Chairman Blackburn, would reauthorize the FCC and include process reforms to ensure the FCC continues to improve its efficiency and transparency. H.R. 4986 passed #SubCommTech by voice vote on October 11, 2017. A substitute amendment, to be made available tomorrow, will add 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 incentive 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.
  • Encourage wireless innovation through the inclusion of provisions from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune’s MOBILE NOW Act, S. 19.

Electronic copies of the bills under consideration can be found online HERE. A background memo, amendments, and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.


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