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FCC and FTC Commissioners Outline Agency Agendas in New Administration

On Feb. 1, Center for Technology Innovation fellow Nicol Turner-Lee moderated a panel discussion at Brookings with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny that focused on what they would like to see as the primary agendas for these agencies going forward. The commissioners expressed their views of how their agencies will proceed with pending decisions on net neutrality, consumer privacy, and expanding broadband internet access, along with potential challenges to each agency’s authority. See more here.

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Carbon Pollution Standards for Cars and Light Trucks to Remain Unchanged Through 2025

Today, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized her decision to maintain the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model years 2022-2025 cars and light trucks. The final determination finds that a wide variety of effective technologies are available to reduce GHG emissions from cars and light trucks, and that automakers are well positioned to meet the standards through model year 2025 at lower costs than predicted.

“My decision today rests on the technical record created by over eight years of research, hundreds of published reports including an independent review by the National Academy of Sciences, hundreds of stakeholder meetings, and multiple opportunities for the public and the industry to provide input,”  said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  “At every step in the process the analysis has shown that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks remain affordable and effective through 2025, and will save American drivers billions of dollars at the pump while protecting our health and the environment.” For more information, please click here.

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Bill to Allow Federal Employees to be Reimbursed for Use of Ridesharing Services Passes U.S. House

On January 10th, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 274, the Modernizing Government Travel Act. If enacted, this legislation would allow Federal employees to be reimbursed for the use of “modern travel services,” including rideshareing applications such as Uber and Lyft.  When the Modernizing Government Travel Act first passed the House in 2016, the bill’s sponsor, Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) stated, “Our bipartisan bill ensures that innovative and cost-effective modes of transportation are available to the thousands of federal employees in Washington and Massachusetts for official travel.” H.R. 274 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for further consideration.

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