Cortez Masto Announces Commerce Subcommittee Assignments for 115th Congress
Cortez Masto will join the Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet Subcommittee and the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced she will be joining two subcommittees as a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto will serve on the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security.
“I’m honored to be on two subcommittees that will allow me to influence policy on issues affecting all Nevadans, from internet-users to day-to-day shoppers,” said Cortez Masto. “Whether it’s ensuring that our rural communities have access to broadband internet, or our consumers are protected against fraud and abuse, I will be a voice at the table to ensure policies are in place that support and protect Nevada’s hardworking families.”
The Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet Subcommittee oversees:
- Policy matters relating to communications, including telephones, cell phones, the Internet, television, cable, satellite broadcast, satellite communications, wireline and wireless broadband, radio, consumer electronic equipment associated with such services, and public safety communications;
- Federal communication agencies: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the Department of Commerce, which is the federal agency primarily responsible for the management of government spectrum and advising the President on telecommunications policy.
The Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee’s oversees:
- Policy to protect the fairness of consumer transactions, prevent scams and fraud, and promotes the safety of products people buy;
- Property and casualty insurance and sports (including amateur sports and the professional leagues);
- Federal consumer protection agencies, including: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (to prohibit unfair and deceptive business acts and practices), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (to ensure safe and fuel efficient vehicles), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (to ensure safe consumer products).
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