The House on Wednesday approved several bipartisan bills aimed at securing U.S. telecommunications systems from foreign interference, particularly threats from China.
The Secure Equipment Act, sponsored by House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOver a quarter of Congress has had COVID-19 Lobbying world Pelosi backs Russian oil import ban MORE (R-La.) and Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooA new agency to accelerate biomedical science can succeed, given the right conditions IRS to abandon facial recognition verification service Can Joe Rogan save freedom of expression? CONTINUED (D-Calif.), was approved by the House by a vote of 420 to 4, and would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to block the authorization of products from companies on the “covered list” of the agency.
Companies on this list include Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE, which Congress and the Trump administration have moved to block in the United States over national security and espionage concerns.
“By prohibiting the FCC from issuing equipment licenses to companies identified as a threat to our national security, this bill prevents compromised Chinese equipment from threatening American networks,” Scalise said in a statement. “The Secure Equipment Act sends a strong signal to the Chinese Communist Party that America is committed to securing our networks and protecting the privacy and security of our citizens.”
Eshoo also welcomed the bill’s passage, noting in a separate statement that “eEquipment made by Huawei and ZTE, companies linked to the Chinese government, increases vulnerabilities in our telecommunications systems and puts the United States at risk.
A Senate version of the bill introduced by Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLegislators wary of potential oil talks with Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran Foreign policy experts call for ‘limited no-fly zone’ over Ukraine (R-Fla.) and Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyKaine describes ’24/7′ tingling sensation of long COVID-19 On The Money – Lawmakers Rally Against Russian Oil Imports Overnight Energy & Environment – US To Release 30 Million Barrels From Reserve oil MORE (D-Mass.) in May awaits review.
The House also passed the Communications Security Advisory Act on Wednesday, which would require the FCC to permanently establish an advisory to help make recommendations on ways to increase the security and reliability of telecommunications networks.
The bipartisan bill – sponsored by Reps. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinDemocratic governors call for gas tax suspension Russia expects violence in Ukraine to escalate Abrams apologizes for not wearing mask in photo with school children MORE (D-Mich.), Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderOn the Money – GOP Senators Block Biden’s Fed Picks Oregon Democrat Violates Conflict of Interest Law, Fails to Report Stock Trades on Time Progressive Candidates seek feedback after a disappointing year MORE (D-Oré.) and Tim WalbergTimothy (Tim) Lee WalbergMichigan Republicans Sue US House District Lines House Passes Bills to Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure Our military should not be held hostage to ‘water politics’ MORE (R-Mich.) — was passed by the House by a vote of 397 to 29.
A third bill approved by the House on Wednesday, this time by a vote of 413 to 14, was the Information and Communications Technology Strategy Act, which is sponsored by the Representatives. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongRepublicans scramble to stop Greitens in Missouri Billy Long rants against Josh Hawley over Missouri Senate endorsement Cruz endorses Schmitt in Missouri Senate race MORE (R-Mo.), Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerOn the Money – Fed Imposes Strict Trading Limits for Top Officials Congressional Stock Trading Ban Must Include Spouses, Lawmakers Say Democrats Pressure IRS to Address Arrears, Improve customer service during PLUS deposit season (D-Va.) and Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyLieu, Mace Asks NIH To Phase Out Animal Testing Can Joe Rogan Save Free Speech? The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Schumer launches vote on doomed electoral reform MORE (D-California). The bill would be requiring the Department of Commerce to develop a strategy to assess the economic competitiveness of companies within the communications technology supply chain.
“Passing this legislation brings us closer to ensuring that our nation’s information technology supply chains are secure and free from reliance on foreign countries like China,” Long said in a statement. a press release on Wednesday. “We must continue to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that the whole-of-government strategy created by this legislation is properly implemented.”
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which sponsored the three bills, also applauded the House’s passage of the measures.
“Today, the House continued its work to strengthen our nation’s telecommunications infrastructure for the future by overwhelmingly passing four bipartisan bills,” said committee chairman Frank Pallone (DN. J.) and the chair of the communications and technology subcommittee. Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleOn the trail: Pensions offer window into House Democratic mood Hillicon Valley – Biden disinformation warning Lawmakers call on tech companies to take suicide site threat seriously and limit its visibility MORE (D-Penn.) said in a joint statement.
“Together, these bills will strengthen network reliability, protect against suspicious equipment that poses a risk to our national security, support smaller communications network providers, and strengthen the economic competitiveness of our technology supply chains,” they said. they stated. “We commend the bipartisan work that has gone into these bills that came before our committee in July and look forward to the Senate taking action soon.”
All three bills are now sent to the Senate for consideration.