Communications and Technology
Beat China by Harnessing Important National Airwaves for 5G Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
- Opens extra broadcast frequency space to boost national 5G coverage and keep America’s competitive edge against China into the 21st Century.
Spectrum IT Modernization Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
- Requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as well as other agencies, to create plans to modernize the federal broadcast frequency spectrum.
Support Tools to Obliterate Pesky Robocalls (STOP Robocalls) Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
- Closes legal loopholes and protects consumers from unwanted and illegal robocalls by establishing a streamlined process to aid in the blocking of unlawful calls, texts, and caller identification spoofing.
Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act (115th Congress 2017-2018)
- Establishes a Federal Communications Commission task force, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, to evaluate the best ways to integrate new innovative technology for agricultural communities.
Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses (E-Labeling) Act (113th Congress 2013-2014)
- Updates the Communications Act of 1934 allowing electronics manufactures to display required Federal Communications Commission labels electronically, instead of physically, on devices with screens such as smart phones.
H.R. 3196 (113th Congress 2013-2014)
- This legislation ended the FCC’s integration ban, which prohibited cable operators from combining, or integrating, security and descrambling features into their leased set-top boxes.
Provision included in the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. (112th Congress 2011-2012)
- Added provision that FCC should assess allowing Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure devices in the 5 GHz band.
Consumer Protection and Commerce
Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
- Directs the Secretary of Commerce to examine unmanned delivery services, their impact on United States businesses conducting interstate commerce, and identify potential regulatory roadblocks to the use of their services.
State of Modern Application, Research, and Treads of IoT (SMART IoT) Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
- Directs the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on the state of the internet-connected devices industry, otherwise known as “The Internet of Things (IoT). The study is meant to outline a list of potential policy recommendations that can further the research and discovery of cutting-edge American technologies.
Provision included in the Truth in Fur Labeling Act (111th Congress 2009-2010)
- Added an amendment to address the concerns of hunters and trappers who are not in the clothing business, are not commercial enterprises, and should not be required to label products they are presenting as authentic.
Cyber Sense Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)
- Creates a voluntary program to test the cybersecurity of products and technologies intended to be used in the national electric grid. Also requires the Secretary of Energy to keep a related database on these products to assist electric utilities in their evaluation of products and their potential to cause harm to the electric grid.
Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)
- Directs the Department of Energy to deepen the relationship between the public and private sector to improve the cybersecurity readiness of United States electric utilities.
Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act (115th Congress 2017-2018)
- Provides guidance and a licensing framework for the nuclear industry to ensure the United States retains its role as a global energy innovation leader.
Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act (114th Congress 2015-2016)
- Protects America’s power grid by providing private entities and the federal government with the tools they need to better respond and alleviate grid security emergencies.
Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act (113th Congress 2013-2014)
- Provides energy stability for American families by protecting them from price spikes in propane prices. The act requires the Department of Commerce to use proper data to calculate consumer prices. It also directs the Propane Education and Research Council to improve training for distributors and consumers to help mitigate the negative effects of increased propane prices, especially during the winter months.
Two provisions included in the Pipeline Safety Act (114th Congress 2015-2016)
- Added a provision to study propane distribution systems with a focus on improving industry practices. Additionally, added a provision instructing the Department of Transportation to examine the root cause of excavation related incidents and suggest ways to improve damage prevention programs.
Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act (115th Congress 2017-2018)
- Provides communities more flexibility to comply with costly regulations regarding their wastewater infrastructure improvements.
Drinking Water Protection Act (114th Congress 2015-2016)
- Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a strategic plan for assessing and managing risks associated with algae toxins in drinking water provided by public water systems.
H.R. 724, to amend the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles (113th Congress 2013-2014)
- Cuts unnecessary red tape by repealing an outdated requirement for auto dealers to furnish a physical certification to a purchaser that the vehicle conforms to applicable regulations concerning emission standards.
Two provisions included in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Modernization Act (114th Congress 2015-2016)
- Worked to add a provision that would exempt regulation on chemicals if it would cause significant disruptions to national security, the economy, or critical infrastructure. Additionally, added a second provision, requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to consider chemical substances as a single listing for both new and existing chemicals.
Debarment Enforcement of Bad Actors Registrants (DEBAR) Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)
- Targets individuals who have lost their license to manufacture, distribute or dispense controlled substances. Strengthens the review process within the Drug Enforcement Administration to either conditionally or unconditionally prohibit such individuals from ever regaining licensure again.
Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and Opioids (INFO) Act (115th Congress 2017-2018)
- Ensures that communities can access funds and resources that are made available to help fight the Opioid epidemic. Establishes an accessible database for information and resources that can be used by health care providers, state and local governments, pharmacists, advocates, and law enforcement. Additionally, creates the ability to track Federal funding being used to combat the epidemic.
Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act (116th Congress 2019-2020)
- Modernizes the over-the-counter drug framework which allows for new, safe products to come to market quicker while addressing label changes and expanding consumer choice. It also allows the Food and Drug Administration to make scientific determinations for over-the-counter ingredients through an administrative order process, which is more efficient than the previous system.
Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceutical Act (113th Congress 2013-2014)
- Replaces the previous patchwork of state laws with a common-sense national standard to improve safety, eliminate redundancies, and create certainty for the pharmaceutical supply chain. Also puts into place safeguards to help protect American families from counterfeit pharmaceuticals and improve the overall security of the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Provision included in the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (112th Congress 2011-2012)
- Worked with committee on health to insert language into the bill to assist hospital systems in coping with drug shortages by allowing them to repackage those drugs into smaller doses.
Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021 (117th Congress 2021-2022)
- Makes it easier for veterans with medical training who leave active service to join agencies like Veterans Affairs so that they can continue to provide care to other veterans in need.
Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal Act (114th Congress 2015-2016)
- Honors the Veterans of the Office of Strategic Services with a Congressional Gold Medal to ensure that their heroic actions during some of the United States’ most trying times will never be forgotten.
TRICARE Continuity of Coverage for National Guard and Reserve Families Act of 2009 (111th Congress 2009-2010)
- Allows retired members of National Guard and reserve units with 20 or more years of honorable service to purchase healthcare that was available to them during their time in active service or after they reach 60 years of age.
Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act (115th Congress 2017-2018)
- Boosts efforts to prevent terror attacks on American soil. Directs the Department of Homeland Security to develop plans and strategies to support emergency response providers and the private sector to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the threat of vehicular terrorism.
H.R. 4925, to designate a United States Postal Service office in Findlay as the “Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building” (114th Congress 2015-2016)
- Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 West Main Cross Street, in Findlay, Ohio, as the "Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building."