Press Releases 08/5/2020
Committee Leaders Urge Commerce & FTC to Work with European Regulators Following Privacy Shield Decision
WASHINGTON – The four bipartisan leaders of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons today urging them to work with their European counterparts to issue interim guidance to protect consumers and help businesses following the recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that overturned the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.
Press Releases 08/4/2020
Wicker, Scott Introduce Connecting Minority Communities Act
U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., today introduced the Connecting Minority Communities Act to codify the existing Minority Broadband Initiative at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in a new Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives (MBI).
Press Releases 08/3/2020
WICKER: Congress Needs to Ensure that the Internet Remains a Forum for a “True Diversity of Political Discourse”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today spoke on the Senate floor about the need for Congress to revisit Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 gives broad liability protections to “interactive computer services,” such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media platforms. The provision protects online platforms from being held liable for content posted by users.
Press Releases 07/30/2020
Committee Announces Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a nominations hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The hearing will consider presidential nominations to the Department of Transportation, Surface Transportation Board, and Amtrak Board of Directors.
Press Releases 07/29/2020
Committee Announces Hearing on Oversight of the FTC
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine policy issues before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and review the agency’s ongoing activities and proceedings.
Press Releases 07/23/2020
Committee Announces Hearing on U.S. Seafood Industry
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Building a Stronger and More Resilient Seafood Sector,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. This hearing will examine the national and regional impacts of COVID-19 on the seafood industry and the effects of the fish disaster funding provided in the CARES Act. Witnesses will have the opportunity to discuss the work that needs to be done to sustain and restore a more resilient U.S. seafood sector.
Press Releases 07/23/2020
Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on China Challenges
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, chairman of the Subcommittee on Security, will convene a hearing titled, “The China Challenge: Realignment of U.S. Economic Policies to Build Resiliency and Competitiveness,” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The hearing will examine topics related to the Chinese Communist Party's unfair trade practices, intellectual property theft, and market manipulation and their harmful impact on U.S. global economic competitiveness.
Press Releases 07/22/2020
Committee Approves Eight Bills, Seven Nominations
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved eight bills and seven nominations, which are now all subject to approval by the full Senate.
Press Releases 07/21/2020
Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Section 230
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled, “The PACT Act and Section 230: The Impact of the Law that Helped Create the Internet and an Examination of Proposed Reforms for Today’s Online World,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The hearing will examine the important role of Section 230 in promoting and disseminating speech online, and the history, evolution, and expansion of Section 230’s protections for online platforms.
Press Releases 07/17/2020
Wicker, Moran Respond to Court Decision to Invalidate the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., chairman of the Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, today issued the following statement after the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield provides a method for companies to transfer personal data to the United States from the European Union in compliance with EU data protection requirements and in support of transatlantic commerce.