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Engel Remarks on Health, Net Neutrality, Climate Bills from Energy and Commerce Committee Markup

Engel Remarks on Health, Net Neutrality, Climate Bills from Energy and Commerce Committee Markup

Washington, D.C.–Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the following remarks at today’s Committee markup (as prepared for delivery):

“Mr. Chairman—today marks a new day in the House of Representatives as this committee considers legislation to reverse the damage the Trump Administration has inflicted on the ACA. In the first half of the Trump Presidency, we have seen Republicans gut protections for pre-existing conditions, slash funding for outreach programs and impose an Age Tax on seniors. These actions have jeopardized the coverage of nearly 100,000 of my constituents. The bills before us today continue our efforts to undo this sabotage.

“I am also pleased to support legislation today which helps us address the high cost of prescription drugs. Too often, I have heard from my constituents who must choose between paying rent or filling life-saving prescriptions. While today’s bills will help bring cheaper drugs to market, I urge my colleagues to continue working on this critical issue.

“I also look forward to marking up the Save the Internet Act, which would restore net neutrality protections for all Americans. And finally, the Climate Action Now Act, which would ensure that the United States honors its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Mr. Chairman—thank you again for holding this important markup and I yield back the remainder of my time.”