“House Appropriations Committee Republicans kept up their business-as-usual attack today on the Federal Communications Commission, but these efforts hold the potential for extraordinarily bad outcomes for American consumers. The appropriations bill approved by the Committee undermines the FCC’s consumer protection mission by slashing the Commission’s budget and attaching a litany of partisan p
“Pollutants in our air have real costs, like an increase in asthma attacks, more hospital visits, and premature deaths,” said Ranking Member Frank Pallone. “EPA’s ozone standard is long overdue. We need to let EPA do its job in order to reach the ultimate goal of the Clean Air Act—clean air for all Americans.”
“I am pleased that the court has rejected attempts to delay the strong net neutrality rules put in place by the FCC. The importance of these protections cannot be overstated, and I am glad that consumers across the country will benefit from them as soon as possible.”
“The FCC plays a vital role protecting consumers in the 21st century economy. Millions of Americans have made their voices heard and called on the FCC to enact strong net neutrality protections. Instead of listening to the will of the people, Republican appropriators are playing politics with the FCC's budget and dangerously underfunding this critical agency. This is yet another attempt by H
The witnesses invited by Ranking Member Pallone, who is an original co-sponsor of the bill, are listed below:
“I welcome the court’s rejection of this premature legal challenge to EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. This is still just a proposal, and we must allow EPA finish its work. When it does, I am confident that we will see that the rule is a reasonable, flexible approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions that falls well within the boundaries of EPA’s legal authority. Rather than continuing
“The announcement that up to four million federal workers may have had their personal information stolen in this cyber breach represents the latest failure to protect American data against cyber threats.
“There are now two types of Americans: those whose data has been subject to a breach, and those whose data will be breached in the future.
Currently, only extended-release and long-acting opioids have prominently displayed warnings, known as “black box warnings,” that indicate the significant potential for abuse, overdose, addiction, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. The Democratic Committee leaders asked that these same warnings be placed on immediate release opioids, which have the same risks and accounted for over 90% of the o
“While the current draft indicates that the overall percentage of contamination cases may be small, it acknowledges there have been contamination events. When it comes to the water we drink, every instance of contamination must be considered serious.
“I am deeply troubled by the contamination incident at NIH. We rely on NIH as our premiere medical research agency to conduct its work safely and effectively, and this episode raises concerns about whether proper protocols are in place to guarantee patient safety. Our number one priority should be the health of the patients who may have received contaminated injections, and I am encouraged th