HERE’S WHAT ANNA DID THIS WEEK
Signed a Discharge Petition to force a vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting our Democracy Act (May 17th)
On May 17th I signed a Discharge Petition to force a vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting our Democracy Act. The legislation creates an independent, bipartisan and bicameral commission to investigate Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. elections, which represents an attack on our democracy, and any U.S. persons that may have aided Russia in these actions. The commission would be empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony and would issue a final report and recommend how to prevent these attacks from happening in the future.
Authored a Letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee Calling for Review of Sinclair-Tribune Media Merger (May 16th)
On May 16th I wrote to the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee requesting a hearing to examine the proposed acquisition of Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcasting. This $3.9 billion deal would create the largest television broadcast company in the country and raises important questions about the future of our country’s media. Media consolidation limits diversity and ensures that fewer outlets can serve as a counter-balance to misleading or inaccurate information from other sources. I believe that in a democracy there should be many voices to the many—not fewer.
Eshoo Statement on Reports President Trump Shared Classified Information with Russian Officials (May 16th)
“The reports that the President shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats are deeply troubling for several reasons. As a veteran of the House Intelligence Committee, I know full well the jeopardy this places our intelligence officers in; the damage this inflicts on an allied country who entrusted the U.S. with the intelligence; and how handing over the most sensitive information to the least trustworthy country – Russia – threatens our national security and our military who serve to protect us.” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE
Eshoo Statement on the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Trump-Russia Connection
“The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Prosecutor sends a strong signal of confidence to the American people as the investigation of possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government moves forward. I had the privilege of working with Director Mueller as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and his integrity and experience make him a superb choice to lead this investigation.” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE
Eshoo Statement on FCC Net Neutrality Vote (May 17th)
“Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai began the wrecking process to overturn net neutrality, demonstrating that he is on the wrong side of history, consumers and the public interest. The approval of the NPRM at the FCC begins the process to remove rules that advance competition, innovation, small businesses and entrepreneurs. This reversal will benefit the interests of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and is a significant loss for consumers.” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE
The events of the last week have made it abundantly clear that we must have disclosure of the President’s tax returns in order to fully understand his connections to Russia. The bipartisan Presidential Tax Transparency Act would require this disclosure for the current President, all future presidents, and presidential nominees. This practice has never been required by law but if there were ever a time for Congress to codify this bipartisan disclosure tradition, now is the time.
ANNA IN THE NEWS
Washington Post- “The Republican push to repeal net neutrality will get underway this week” (May 16th)
“On Wednesday, cable companies took out a full-page ad in The Washington Post saying the industry is committed to not blocking or slowing Internet content. Earlier, Verizon had argued in a video that it was not opposed to net neutrality but simply to the FCC's 2015 decision to regulate its broadband business using rules that had historically applied to phone service.
“Just because they use the words — the actions you take speak louder than anything else,” said Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), whose district includes many tech companies. “And it's certainly their prerogative to go to court [against the FCC], but they have never — in capital letters — have never been for net neutrality.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE
Recode- “Democrats are readying an all-out war to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality rules” (May 17th)
“Eshoo pointed to the tweets, Facebook posts and other social media backlash that greeted Republicans when they rolled back another effort by the Obama-era FCC: A set of rules that would have required internet providers to seek customers’ permission before selling their web-browsing history to advertisers. In the aftermath of their efforts to repeal online-privacy protections, Eshoo said the political winds have shifted. “People have had it with being rolled over by interests that are absolutely massive and gigantic,” she explained.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE
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Anna G. Eshoo