Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), California's highest ranking Republican woman in Congress and a senior Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has been selected to serve as the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (previously known as Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection). The selection of Congresswoman Bono Mack is a historic occasion for the House of Representatives because today the California Congresswoman becomes the first Republican woman in history to hold a gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. To mark the historic occasion, Congresswoman Bono Mack released the following statement:
"I am honored to be selected by Chairman Upton to chair the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee. To be selected to serve on the Energy & Commerce Committee and hold a gavel is a tremendous honor." Bono Mack continued, "I am eager to hit the ground running at the start of the 112th Congress, and to work on issues that are important to constituents, consumers and the American people. I will work with Chairman Upton and my colleagues towards an era of less government and more economic certainty--fostering growth for the American economy."
This position of significant influence means constituents of California's 45th District will be served by a Representative with a substantial ability to influence legislation under consideration by one of the most prestigious committees in Congress that has broad jurisdiction over issues of critical importance to the American people and our nation's economic strength. As the Chairwoman of this influential subcommittee, Congresswoman Bono Mack will be on the frontlines of identifying wasteful programs, burdensome regulations and targeting areas to immediately cut federal spending at places like the Department of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission.
"Congresswoman Bono Mack and I have worked together extensively over the years at the Energy and Commerce Committee," said Upton. "She is a thoughtful, diligent Member who brings a wealth of expertise to her new role as Chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. As Chairwoman, Mary will play a critical role as we fight to protect American jobs and turn our economy back around. Mary will also be on the front lines in rolling back the government's burdensome, job-killing regulations."
As a Member of the Committee since 2001 (107th Congress), incoming Chairwoman Bono Mack has worked extensively and is recognized as a leader in addressing online commerce, consumer protection and technology oriented issues. Since the 108th Congresswoman Bono Mack has introduced and passed legislation through this Subcommittee, which ultimately passed the full House, to address online consumer protections issues such as online spyware and dangerous peer-to-peer file sharing programs which have caused major security breaches involving everything from banking information to national security details.
As the highest ranking California Republican woman in Congress, Bono Mack welcomed the new Members of the Subcommittee, "I welcome the new Members of Subcommittee and look forward to working with the Ranking Chair, on the other side, on the important issues that will demand the Subcommittee's attention."
Jurisdiction of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee includes the following:
* Interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee;
* Regulation of commercial practices (the FTC), including sports-related matters;
* Consumer affairs and consumer protection, including privacy matters generally;
* Consumer product safety (the CPSC);
* Product liability;
* Motor vehicle safety; and,
* Regulation of travel, tourism, and time.