Full Committee Markup Recap
E&C Advances Policies to Beat China and Defend America’s Technology and Automotive Leadership
Washington, D.C. — In a Full Committee markup today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced bipartisan solutions that will bolster America's national security by reducing our dependence on China and supporting the next age of American technological innovation. The Committee also advanced bills that will prevent the administration from nationalizing California’s attack on internal combustion engines and instead ensure that Americans will choose the cars they drive, not the Biden administration.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Reauthorization:
“Our bill to reauthorize NTIA will help us beat China by providing NTIA the tools needed to use resources like spectrum more efficiently, streamline regulations, and advance connectivity across the United States.
“This will enhance internet and public safety services across the country and create more economic opportunities for millions of Americans."
Chair Rodgers also spoke about how President Biden is handing the keys to America’s automotive future to China:
“We must be honest with the American people about how forcing them to switch to electric vehicles plays right into China’s scheme to control our automotive future.
“Instead of forcing Americans to switch to EVs, lets need to get back to the true goals, which are reducing carbon emissions, improving fuel efficiency, and preserving Americans’ access to affordable transportation choices.
“The legislative solutions today will ensure that we don’t hand our automotive or communications future to the Chinese Communist Party.”
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) said:
“Our steadfast work will provide the agency with new tools and direction to carry out its 21st century mission in connecting unserved and underserved communities across America."
Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee Chair Bill Johnson (R-OH) said:
“People must be able to have the vehicles they choose and need to get the job done and provide for their families. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has issued regulation after regulation to force electric vehicles on the American people before either consumers or the grid are ready for it."
“Luckily, Republicans have solutions to ensure that Americans can buy the cars they want at a price they can afford, now and into the future.”
Legislative Vote Summary:
- H.R. 3385, the Diaspora Link Act, led by Rep. Plaskett, was forwarded to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 41 to 0.
- H.R. 3369, AI Accountability Act, led by Rep. Harder was forwarded to the Full House, as amended, by a roll call vote of 50 to 0.
- H.R. 4510, the NTIA Reauthorization Act of 2023, led by Rep. Latta was forwarded to the Full House, as amended by a roll call vote of 48 to 0.
- H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, led by Rep. Joyce was forwarded to the Full House, without amendment, by a roll call vote of 26 to 22.
- H.R. 4468, the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act of 2023, led by Rep. Walberg was forwarded to the Full House by a roll call vote of 27 to 23.
- H.R. 4469, the No Fuel Credits for Batteries Act of 2023, led by Rep. Pence was forwarded to the Full House by a roll call vote of 26 to 22.