E-Newsletter: A big week
Over the last several weeks, I have been working hard to advance legislation to restore net neutrality, stabilize the ACA, lower prescription drug costs, and maintain our commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I was proud to hold our first full Committee markup this week, advancing 14 bills that are now ready for consideration on the House floor.
First, we passed the Save the Internet Act, which will restore strong net neutrality protections and reverse the disastrous repeal by President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission in late 2017. Nobody should get to decide which videos we watch, which sites we read, and which services we use. This legislation will protect consumers and small businesses from abusive and discriminatory practices, while also protecting free speech. It’s time to restore a free and open internet.
We also advanced a package of 12 bills designed to lower the costs of prescription drugs, protect patients with pre-existing conditions, undo the president’s sabotage of the ACA, and lower premiums and out of pocket costs. Last year, nearly 20 percent of Americans skipped doses of medication due to high costs. That is unacceptable. By removing barriers and loopholes that prevent generic drugs from coming to market, we will lower prescription costs.
And finally, we passed the Climate Action Now Act, legislation that stops the president from pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and requires the president to submit a plan for meeting our obligations under that accord. This legislation is the first step in getting our nation’s back on track so we can aggressively address climate change.
Americans made it clear last November that they prioritized health care, the environment, and consumer protections. That is why I am focused on these issues and working harder than ever to deliver for the American people and the people of the 6th district. I look forward to these bills passing the full House of Representatives in the near future.
Lastly, one of my privileges as a Member of Congress is to assist my constituents on a range of issues, whether it be help with a federal agency, ordering a flag, or requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington DC. Please take a moment to visit my website to find out how I can serve you.
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.