INTERVIEW — REP. CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS – R-Washington’s 5th congressional district, and she is the lead Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce – discussed the Born-Alive discharge petition and Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed on the government regulating data privacy and the internet.
- BORN ALIVE ACT: House GOP Pushes for Floor Vote on Born Alive Act. Republicans are maneuvering to give an abortion survivors protection bill a floor vote in the Democrat-controlled House. GOP leaders will file a discharge petition to force a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on April 2 in an effort to force a vote after Democrats have refused to bring it out of committee. Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.) is spearheading the effort to gain the 218 votes needed to accomplish that goal. That would require the support of his entire caucus, as well as 21 Democrats. Scalise acknowledged that the maneuver is rarely used, but said it was necessary given the embrace of “radical abortion” positions advancing in blue states, such as New York.
- ZUCKERBERG: Cathy is the lead Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over privacy. Zuckerberg: “People around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, and I agree. I believe it would be good for the Internet if more countries adopted regulation such as GDPR as a common framework.”