WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the 115th Congress settles in to their new offices across the south side of Capitol Hill, House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) on Thursday (1/12) announced the full Democratic rosters for the six subcommittees.
“The Energy and Commerce Committee will play a pivotal role in the debate over a lot of the Trump Administration’s legislative priorities, and this Democratic team is ready to get to work to build a stronger economy, create more good-paying jobs and protect consumers,” Pallone said. “We will aggressively fight to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health care, safe drinking water, lower energy costs, and a cleaner environment.”
Serving as the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ranking Member is Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Penn.)
Doyle represents Allegheny County, Penn., and most of the city of Pittsburgh.
Among the many issues of importance to Doyle is autism (he sits on the House Autism Caucus), gun violence, LGBT rights, health care, energy and the environment, and, of course, telecommunications and the internet.
“It is a great privilege to be able to serve as Ranking Member on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee – and it’s a great opportunity to try to help shape U.S. policy in this important sector of our economy,” Doyle said.
He thanked Rep. Anna Eshoo for her service as Ranking Member for the last six years – and for her strong support for his appointment as Ranking Member in the 115th Congress.
He also acknowledged that there are “serious challenges” that the 115th Congress faces.
“Republicans are already talking about rolling back the Open Internet Order and enacting policies that will hurt innovators and consumers,” Doyle said. “I believe such an approach will also slow job creation and economic growth. We will work hard to make sure that the interests of consumers and innovators are represented – and defended – at both the subcommittee and full committee levels.”
That being said, Doyle believes that there are many goals Democratic members of the subcommittee share with their colleagues on the other side of the aisle — namely expanded broadband deployment, increased access to broadband, higher speeds – both on wired and wireless services – and a modern and robust public safety communications system.
“My hope is that we can we come together on a bipartisan agenda that advances the interests of all Americans,” he said.
Doyle’s selection as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology was met with a positive response from NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. He congratulated Doyle on his selection, calling him “a strong advocate on behalf of consumers and a champion of innovation. We look forward to working with him on pro-growth policies that allow America’s broadcasters to modernize to better serve their local communities.”
Also serving as Democratic members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology are:
Peter Welch (VT)
Yvette Clarke (NY)
David Loebsack (IA)
Raul Ruiz (CA)
Debbie Dingell (MI)
Bobby Rush (IL)
Anna Eshoo (CA)
Eliot Engel (NY)
G.K. Butterfield (NC)
Doris Matsui (CA)
Jerry McNerney (CA)