WASHINGTON— Today, two bills sponsored by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) passed the Energy and Commerce Committee during a full committee markup. H.R. 7948, the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act and H.R. 4447, the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) Act of 2019 passed by voice vote.
H.R. 7948, the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled to access public health data. Mullin submitted an amendment in the nature of a substitute to the underlying legislation, which made technical changes to the bill. It was adopted by voice vote.
“Our sovereign Tribal Nations and Tribal Epidemiology Centers were always supposed to have equal access to public health data that states, counties, and cities have. But for years many Tribes have faced numerous challenges while trying to access this public health data,” Mullin said. “Now more than ever, Tribes need access to this data in order to make decisions for their communities and this bill makes that happen. I thank my colleagues for their support of this legislation, and I hope it will be considered by the full House soon.”
H.R. 4447, the EASE Act, would establish a Department of Energy grant program for rural electric co-ops to identify, evaluate, and design energy storage and microgrid projects.
“Renewable energy is an important part of the all-of-the-above energy strategy our country needs and being able to store the renewable energy produced will help us to utilize more of it,” Mullin said. “Rural areas like my district need to be able to keep up with technology and have the resources necessary to invest in renewable energy storage. This public-private partnership would allow rural electric co-ops to deploy energy storage projects to increase energy efficiency and provide cost savings to consumers. I am glad to see this legislation pass the full committee with bipartisan support and I look forward to supporting it on the House floor.”
Full video of the markup can be found here.