Butterfield’s Bills on Increased Media Diversity and Treatments for Rare Pediatric Diseases Pass Committee on Energy & Commerce

Sep 9, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Butterfield’s bills, H.R. 3957—Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act, and H.R. 4439—Creating Hope Reauthorization Act passed out of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce.  Committee passage places each of these critical bills one step closer to becoming law.

“In today’s omnipresent media environment, the need to increase diverse voices that can contribute to the dialogue has never been more important.  My bill, the Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act will increase diversity of ownership in the broadcasting industry by strengthening data and reporting requirements at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and re-establishing the tax certificate program.  I am very pleased that my bill has now passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee and is one step closer to empowering the FCC to assist historically disadvantaged groups and encouraging new entrants into the broadcast industry.                                                                                                       

“Every child who faces the devastation of a cancer or a life-threatening rare pediatric disease diagnosis deserves our best effort to provide support and ultimately, hope.  The Creating Hope Act incentivizes the pharmaceutical industry to develop treatments and cures for children with rare life-threatening conditions, including cancer, through an extension of the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  As the co-chair of the Childhood Cancer Caucus and the co-chair of the Rare Disease Caucus, I am excited and encouraged by the passage of a four-year extension of this critical program out of the Committee.  I look forward to the life-changing and life-saving treatments this legislation will spur for children and their families.”