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11 leading medical societies urge congress to preserve patient access to Part B therapies

(American College of Rheumatology) In letters recently sent to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Finance, House Ways & Means and House Energy & Commerce committees, the groups warn of serious impacts to patient access to care...Show More Summary

Democratic Senators propose federal breach disclosure law with 5-year prison sentences for covering up data-loss

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Data Security and Breach Notification Act (S2179) was introduced by three Senate Commerce Committee Democrats, Bill Nelson [D-FL], Richard Blumenthal [D-CT] and Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] in the wake of the revelation that Uber hid a breach involving 50,000,000 riders and 7,000,000 drivers for over a year after paying hush-money to the criminals who stole the data. (more…)

PPAC Annual Report

The Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) has released its 2017 annual report with a set of important recommendations for the Director: USPTO should remain independent of Department of Commerce, including control of HR and IT; USPTO should be given further fee-setting authority beyond the AIA’s 2018 sunset date; USPTO should continue to modernize its legacy IT […]

Joe Barton, Senior Texas Republican, Apologizes for Explicit Photo

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Mr. Barton, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was swept into the swirl of sexual improprieties with the posting of an explicit photo.

Say Goodbye to Your Social Security Number

Eyeing more secure alternatives to Social Security numbers, lawmakers in the U.S. are looking abroad. Today, the Senate Commerce Committee questioned former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Verizon chief privacy officer Karen Zacharia and both the current and former CEOs of Equifax on how to protect consumers against major data breaches. Show More Summary

Equifax says it owns all its data about you

last monthTechnology : Post Tech

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee challenged Equifax's chief executive Wednesday about the credit reporting agency's sweeping data collection and its one-sided relationship with millions of Americans whose personal information it harvests for profit. Show More Summary

Ex-CEO Blames Russians for Attacks on Yahoo Data

"I want to sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users,” Reuters quotes former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as saying. Mayer testified in front of the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday regarding two massive data breaches at Yahoo. In 2013, all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in what...

Former Yahoo, Equifax CEOs subpoenaed over data breaches

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee grilled tech giants like Yahoo and Equifax over the recent data breaches.        

Ron Wyden Puts A Hold On SESTA And Warns About Its Dangers

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Following the Senate Commerce Committee voting SESTA out of Committee this morning, Senator Ron Wyden quickly announced that he is placing a public hold on the bill while at the same time issuing a warning about just how damaging the bill could be: “Today I am announcing my public hold and a public warning about SESTA. Show More Summary

Will Sheryl Sandberg And Facebook Help Small Websites Threatened By SESTA?

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Earlier today, the Senate Commerce Committee had its markup on SESTA -- the deeply flawed bill that claims to be about stopping sex trafficking, but which will do little on that front. Instead, it will create massive problems for lots and lots of small internet sites. Show More Summary

Internists say that all health care payers should support innovative payment models

(American College of Physicians) An internal medicine physician and fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) detailed for the House Energy and Commerce Committee his medical practice's experience participating in the CPC+ program. Show More Summary

NASA nominee refuses to acknowledge climate science

last monthNews : The Raw Story

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today held its confirmation hearing for Representative Jim Bridenstine, whom President Trump nominated as NASA administrator two months ago....

Senate hearing exposes Trump’s climate-denying nominee as unfit to lead NASA

A Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday morning exposed just how unfit former Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) is to run NASA, one of the country’s leading scientific agencies. At a hearing in front of the Committee on Commerce, Science,Show More Summary

How Did A Tiny Montana Power Company Land A Huge Contract To Fix Puerto Rico's Power Grid?

The Department of Homeland Security, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee are investigating a $300 million contract signed between a small Montana utility firm and Puerto Rico's state-owned...Show More Summary

FCC Releases Proposed Order to Modify Media Ownership Rules

As expected, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday released his proposed Order modifying the FCC’s media ownership rules. Consistent with what he announced at an Oct. 25 House Energy and Commerce Committee FCC Oversight Hearing, the Order,...Show More Summary

Jeff Duncan poised to win seat on powerful Energy and Commerce Committee

Since his election to Congress in the fall of 2010, Rep. Jeff Duncan’s star hasn’t soared as high as the other three South Carolina Republicans in his freshman class. Starting … Click to Continue »

Hassan convenes field hearing on broadband expansion

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan is highlighting the importance of expanding broadband infrastructure in rural areas by holding a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Keene. Witnesses at Friday's hearing include … Click to Contin...

Rick Perry struggles to defend his federal energy rule before Congress

During a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee on Thursday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tried to defend his decision to propose a new federal rule that would essentially boost revenue for coal and nuclear power plants as “starting a conversation.” The rule calls for subsidies for power plants that keep […]

House Republicans taking children's health hostage, as usual

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Campaign Action The House Energy and Commerce Committee followed the Senate Wednesday in passing a bill to rescue the Children's Health Insurance Program, which Republican negligence allowed to expire over the weekend. As predicted,Show More Summary

Senate Panel Approves Legislation That Would Put A Hell Of A Lot More Self-Driving Cars On US Roads

The US Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would prevent states from creating laws that regulate development and performance of self-driving cars. This bill will help put more autonomous vehicles on public roads. More »      

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