House Transportation Committee Approves Webster-Backed Bills
Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved a series of legislation, including bills that were co-introduced by Rep. Daniel Webster to improve rural access to broadband, save taxpayer dollars when addressing federal property needs, and authorize the use of the U.S. Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
Bill to allow GSA to enter into bargain price purchasing agreements (H.R. 2220)
H.R. 2220 ensures that the General Services Administration (GSA) is able to negotiate discounted purchase options in situations when the buying of federal property is the cheaper alternative to a long-term lease.
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee Ranking Member Daniel Webster (R-FL), a co-sponsor of H.R. 2220, said, “Every dollar spent in Washington is a dollar taken out of a hardworking American's pocket. I ran for Congress pledging to eliminate waste and improve efficiencies so we are better investing taxpayer dollars. With today’s committee action, we are one step closer to removing unnecessary obstacles that increase costs and replacing them with common sense practices that will save money.”
Authorization for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service (H.Con.Res. 41)
H. Con. Res. 41 authorizes the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary to host the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the Capitol Grounds.
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee Ranking Member Daniel Webster (R-FL), who co-sponsored the measure, said, “The vast majority of the brave men and women in law enforcement that serve our communities are selfless servants that work tirelessly to protect us and our families from evil and ensure that our laws are upheld. I am grateful for these many law enforcement officials who serve and protect our neighborhoods with humility and brotherly love. When so many are attacking police, I am honored to sponsor this bill with Chair Titus and express my support for these officers, their families, and those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.”
Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act (H.R. 3193)
H.R. 3193 removes hurdles for broadband projects under Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants, including difficult last-mile efforts that often delay rural broadband deployment. It also ensures that local communities can partner with the private sector in carrying out broadband projects and gives communities more flexibility in complying with their funding match requirements. More information about how the E-BRIDGE Act will increase the reach of broadband to rural and economically distressed communities is available here.