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Guthrie Rural Telecom Security Bill Advances in Committee

Washington, November 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02)’s bill, the Secure and Trusted Communications Act (H.R. 4998), was approved yesterday by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in a full committee markup.

Congressman Guthrie introduced the bipartisan Secure and Trusted Communications Act along with Reps. Greg Walden (OR-02), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), and Doris Matsui (CA-06) to protect small and rural communications providers from security threats.

“In our increasingly digital world, Kentuckians need access to secure wireless networks,” said Guthrie. “Unfortunately, the integrity of our telecommunications networks could be at risk from equipment sourced from bad actors or foreign adversaries. This bill will help small and rural wireless providers root-out and replace this equipment. The Secure and Trusted Communications Act will protect Kentuckians from foreign digital threats.”

In addition to the Secure and Trusted Communications Act, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved several additional bills to improve broadband access, including the Mapping Accuracy Promotes Service (MAPS) Act (H.R. 4227) to create an accurate map of areas that are not receiving broadband service.

The committee also approved two maternal health bills: The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (Helping MOMS) Act (H.R. 4996), which will improve health coverage for pregnant and postpartum women using Medicaid services, and the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act (H.R. 4995), which will support maternal health care training programs for medical professionals and support maternal health in rural areas. Congressman Guthrie is a cosponsor of both of these important bills.

“Maternal health care has reached a crisis point in the U.S., and we must decrease maternal mortality rates. The Helping MOMS Act and the Maternal Quality Improvement Act are important steps that will improve access to and the quality of health care for women and babies,” said Guthrie. “I’m proud to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has a broad jurisdiction over many critical issues that impact Kentuckians, including telecommunications and health care.”

 

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