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Pallone on Committee Passage of Brand USA and the U.S. SAFE WEB Act

Nov 20, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement after the Brand USA Extension Act (H.R. 3851) and U.S. SAFE WEB Act (H.R. 4779) were favorably reported to the full House of Representatives by voice vote. 

“Protecting consumers and strengthening our economy are two of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s top priorities.  Today, the Full Committee passed two bipartisan bills that ensure the U.S. global marketplace remains a top destination for international travelers, and strengthen the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to go after international fraudsters and scammers that target Americans.  I commend the sponsors for their leadership and look forward to the full House voting on them soon.”

H.R. 3851, the "Brand USA Extension Act of 2019" was introduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).  This legislation extends funding for the Corporation for Travel Promotion (aka Brand USA), a national, coordinated marketing organization to promote international travel to the United States, through Fiscal Year (FY) 2027 and raises the fee for using the electronic system for travel authorization.

H.R. 4779, a bill to extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and for other purposes, was introduced by Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).  This legislation reauthorizes the U.S. SAFE WEB Act, which amended the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act to improve the FTC’s ability to combat unfair or deceptive acts or practices that are international in scope, through FY 2027 and requires the FTC to issue a report to Congress describing the Commission’s use of and experience with the authority granted by the Act.