Faso Protects Online Privacy
I support the need for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain affirmative opt-ins from consumers for their personal information. Ultimately it is consumers who have the right to decide how their information will be used. For these reasons I could not support a vote to roll back privacy protections implemented by the Federal Communications Commission.
The measure passed 215 to 205.
This week the House voted on bills that pertain to the EPA:
H.R. 1430, the HONEST Act, would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science. I voted NO on H.R. 1430 because I support additional transparency, but want to achieve that goal in a way that does not negatively impact the ability of the EPA to act expeditiously in the event of a public health or environmental emergency.
The measure passed 228 to 194.
H.R. 1431, 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 YES on H.R. 1431 because it will expand public participation, diversify the makeup of the board, limit nonscientific policy advice, and require disclosures from board members.
The measure passed 229 to 193.