S.J.Res. 34 – Providing for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services
Internet privacy is a growing concern both in our district and across the country. Consumers have the right to control their private information and how that information is disseminated. For this reason, I voted against S.J. Res. 34 which would roll back certain privacy requirements for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain affirmative opt-ins from consumers for their personal information. Ultimately, consumers have the right to decide how their information is used.
This bill passed the House by a vote of 215 to 205.
H.R. 1430 – Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017
The HONEST Act would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless the information relied upon to support that action meets a number of broad criteria. While I support the need for more transparency in bureaucracy, these guidelines would have the unintended consequence of slowing down the EPA guidance process to a point where the agency would struggle to make prompt judgments in emergency situations. I voted against H.R. 1430 because it would severely limit the EPA’s ability to act quickly in an environmental or public health emergency.
This bill passed the House by a vote of 228 to 194.
The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act would require the EPA to solicit nominations from the public and federal agencies, including the Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Interior and Health and Human Services departments. Nominees would be required to disclose financial relationships and interests -- including EPA grants, contracts or other financial assistance -- that are relevant to the board’s advisory activities. I voted to support H.R. 1431 because it will expand public participation, diversify the makeup of the board, limit nonscientific policy advice, and require disclosures for SAB members.
This bill passed the House by a vote of 229 to 193.