Rep. Bono Mack (R-CA), Chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently identified her priorities for the Subcommittee for 2012. She said the Subcommittee will continue to examine Internet privacy issues and to evaluate whether legislation is necessary. In 2011, the Subcommittee held several hearings on consumer privacy and data security. Chairman Bono Mack is expected to continue to press to move the SAFE Data Act – a data breach notification bill she introduced last year.
Other priorities for the Subcommittee include stimulating manufacturing in the United States, creating new jobs, and spurring innovation. The Subcommittee will also focus on streamlining the U.S. government’s federal agencies and regulatory codes. The Subcommittee will explore ways to eliminate unnecessary regulation to foster a business friendly environment.