Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Bills Pass Full Committee, Move to House Floor

September 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, cheered the passage of seven bills out of the full Energy and Commerce Committee which had moved through her subcommittee. The legislative bills deal with artificial intelligence, senior and pandemic scams, and consumer product safety.

“Today’s mark-up shows that the Energy and Commerce committee remains the legislative powerhouse of the U.S. House of Representatives. We reported out 38 bills to the full house, and 7 of those came through my Consumer Protection subcommittee,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky. “During our current pandemic, many areas of concern have become even more urgent, including increased concerns over scams to steal relief funds available to senior citizens, Native Americans, and other families. We have also seen stores and online markets flooded with unsafe products, including Personal Protective Equipment, children’s toys and educational products. Today, Democrat and Republican members of the committee have come together to create solutions to many of these and other concerns important to protecting consumers across the country.”

The 7 bills passed today include:

  • H.R. 8134, THE “CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY INSPECTION ENHANCEMENT ACT”
    • Introduced by Reps. Schakowsky (D-IL) and Duncan (R-SC), would amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to enhance the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ability to identify unsafe consumer products entering the United States, especially e-commerce shipments entering under the de minimis value exemption. Specifically, the bill would require the CPSC to enhance the targeting, surveillance, and screening of consumer products.
  • H.R. 8128, THE “AI FOR CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT”
    • Introduced by Reps. McNerney (D-CA) and Burgess (R-TX), would direct the CPSC to establish a pilot program to explore the use of artificial intelligence for at least one of the following purposes: 1) tracking injury trends; 2) identifying consumer product hazards; 3) monitoring the retail marketplace for the sale of recalled consumer products; or 4) identifying unsafe imported consumer products. As amended, includes language from H.R. 8153, the Blockchain Innovation Act and H.R. 2154, the Digital Taxonomy Act.
  • H.R. 8132, THE “AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS OF AMORE PRODUCTIVE EMERGING TECH ECONOMY ACT” (THE “AMERICAN COMPETE ACT”)
    • Introduced by Reps. Rodgers (R-WA) and Rush (D-IL), directs the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to study and report to Congress on the state of the artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, and the new and advanced materials industries in the U.S. and also require the DOC to study and report to Congress on the state of the Internet of Things (IoT) and IoT manufacturing industries as well as the three-dimensional printing industry.
  • H.R. 2610, THE “STOP SENIOR SCAMS ACT”
    • Introduced by Reps. Blunt-Rochester (D-DE) and Walberg (R-MI), would establish a Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Council (“Advisory Council”) at the FTC. The Advisory Council, while considering public comment, would collect existing information and guidance on identifying and preventing scams affecting seniors and create improved model educational materials and programs. The bill would direct the FTC to make the improved materials public and encourage their use and distribution. As amended, includes text from four additional bills: H.R. 2301, the Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2019; H.R. 7699, the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act; H.R. 8127, the Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act, and H.R. 8152, the FTC Collaboration Act.
  • H.R. 6435, THE “COMBATING PANDEMIC SCAMS ACT OF 2020”
    • Introduced by Reps. Carter (R-GA) and Kuster (D-NH), would require the FTC to inform the public about mail, telemarketing, and internet scams related to COVID-19 and disseminate information on how to report COVID-19-related scams to the appropriate agency. The FTC would also be required to establish a national database for such information.
  • H.R. 8121, THE “COVID-19 HOME SAFETY ACT”
    • Introduced by Reps. Cárdenas (D-CA) and Davis (R-IL), would require the CPSC to study and report to Congress on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. As amended, includes text from H.R. 8122, the Protecting Tourism in the United States Act, which would direct the DOC to conduct a study and report to Congress on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry in the United States.
  • H.R. 1754, THE “HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT OF 2019”
    • H.R. 1754, the “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019”, introduced by Reps. Tonko (D-NY) and Barr (R-KY), would establish a uniform national anti-doping and medication program to protect the health and welfare of racehorses and jockeys. (Full Statement on H.R. 1754)

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