HERE’S WHAT CONGRESS DID THIS WEEK
Voted on Final Passage of S.J. Res. 34, Eliminating the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Privacy Rules (March 28, 2017)
On 3/28, Republicans betrayed the American people on an issue we care the most about: privacy. Once the President signs this resolution, broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and others will be able to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission. Their message to the American people is clear: your privacy doesn’t matter and your web browsing history should be available to anyone who will pay the highest price for it.
Voted on Final Passage of H.R. 1430, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act of 2017 (March 29, 2017)
On 3/28, the President launched a monumental attack on the health of millions of Americans by issuing an Executive Order to eliminate the Clean Power Plan and other Obama Administration climate initiatives. On 3/29, House Republicans launched their own attack by passing the HONEST Act, which undermines the science that the EPA can use in their work, ultimately making it easier for industries to pollute in our country.
Eshoo Floor Speech on the Consideration of S.J. Res. 34, Eliminating the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Privacy Rules (March 28. 2017)
“Now, the consequences of passing this resolution are clear: broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and others will be able to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission and no one will be able to protect you, not even the FTC that our friends on the other side of the aisle keep talking about. It’s like you open the door and there’s no one there. The Republicans are blowing a gaping hole in federal privacy protections by barring the FCC from ever adopting similar protections in the future. So if it’s gone today, it’s gone. Period.” To watch the full speech, CLICK HERE
Eshoo Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Eliminating the Clean Power Plan (March 28, 2017)
“Today’s Executive Order eliminating President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and other climate initiatives is a monumental attack on the health of the American people. The President’s Order contradicts the majority of Americans who believe we must be proactive about climate change.” To read the press release, CLICK HERE
“On 3/28, I was honored to welcome my talented constituent Nina Kulick of Los Gatos to the Capitol for the reveal of the Microbusiness Caucus. Nina’s illustration and design business is Gooseberry Designs. Microbusinesses are becoming an increasingly vibrant and important piece of our national economy, creating new jobs, fostering innovation and economic security.”
ANNA IN THE NEWS
CNN- “Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections” (March 28, 2017)
“Democrats and privacy advocates have argued this approach effectively hands over the customer's personal information to the highest bidder.
"It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the Internet," Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo said on the floor. "I don't want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it." To read the full article, CLICK HERE
NPR- “Congress Overturns Internet Privacy Regulation” (March 28, 2017)
“During Tuesday's House debate, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said the Republican-drafted measure would blow "a gaping hole in federal privacy protections." She said if consumers don't like Google's privacy protections, they can switch to another search engine, like Bing. But many consumers have little choice when it comes to their Internet provider, she said, especially in rural areas.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE
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Anna G. Eshoo