Admiral Linda Fagan’s nomination to lead U.S. Coast Guard heads to full Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved several consumer protection, supply chain and environmental bills today, as well as voting unanimously in favor of Admiral Linda Fagan’s nomination to serve as Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Democrats on the committee also advanced Senator Cantwell’s Consumer Protection Remedies Act of 2022 to restore the FTC’s 13(b) authority to return losses from fraud to consumers. All are subject to approval by the full Senate.
“In the last couple of years, we have seen the explosion of fraud and scams trying to take advantage of the COVID 19 pandemic to rip off consumers,” said Sen. Cantwell. “Whether it's selling fake cures, counterfeit N-95 masks, or promising big payoffs to work from home. A report issued last week by this committee that we authored found that in 2021 alone, consumers reported to the FTC losing more than $5.8 billion to fraud and deceptive practices and it's not getting any better. That's why we introduced legislation to restore the FTC’s authority to go to court and obtain redress for consumers who've been scammed out of their hard-earned money, or for small business owners who've been locked out of competitive marketplaces.”
The following actions were taken during today’s Executive Session.
- S. 2427, the Funding Affordable Internet with Reliable Contributions (FAIR Contributions) Act
- S. 3053, Providing Research and Estimates of Changes in Precipitation (PRECIP) Act
- S. 3232, Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act
- S. 3278, Reese’s Law, as modified by:
- S. 3290, the National MEP Supply Chain Database Act of 2021,
- S. 3429, the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act
- S. 3533, the Volcanic Ash and Fumes Act of 2022
- S. 3692 Network Equipment Transparency (NET) Act
- PN1947, the Nomination of Admiral Linda Fagan, to be the Coast Guard Commandant
- Coast Guard Nominations PN1916, PN1945, PN2000, and PN2001
Advanced to Senate floor on 14-14 vote