Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today managed the unanimous passage of two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives, including H.R. 6131, the reauthorization of the US SAFE WEB Act, which he is an original cosponsor. Introduced by House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT) Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), the reauthorization of the SAFE WEB Act extends until September 2020 the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) expanded and enhanced authorities to combat cross-border spyware and spam attacks against the United States. It also helps to protect against phony internet rip-offs and telemarketing scams.
"The enhanced authority, given by the passage of the original SAFE WEB Act during the 109th Congress, has empowered the FTC to better protect American consumers through robust cross-border information sharing, investigative assistance, and coalition building with our foreign partners," said Butterfield, Ranking Member of the CMT Subcommittee. "Because of this, each and every FTC commissioner, which includes commissioners of both political parties, have called for a permanent reauthorization. I am happy to see the House passage of this bill."
In addition to H.R. 6131, the House passed S. 710, the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, which will establish a centralized, federal electronic manifest system for tracking the transport of hazardous waste for both the federal government and states.
Butterfield supported both bills.