By Bryant Daniels, Director of Public Affairs, Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel
Nov. 22, 2017: Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined 22 Energy and Commerce Democratic colleagues on Wednesday in writing to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai asking that he reconsider proposed changes to the Lifeline program.
The FCC is scheduled to consider proposed changes that would risk cutting off over seven million Americans from accessing a mobile connection and prevent nearly three-quarters of the Lifeline program’s current providers from participating.
“This is a vital program that millions of Americans rely on for mobile connections,” Engel said. “Lifeline isn’t just some moniker. The individuals who utilize this program truly view it as critical to their way of life. House Energy and Commerce Dems understand this, which is why we are taking action to urge Chairman Pai to maintain the Lifeline program as it currently stands.”
The letter was cosigned by Congresswoman Matsui, in addition to Energy & Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Gene Green (D-TX), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Kathy Castor (D-FL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), David Loebsack (D-IA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Joseph Kennedy, III (D-MA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI).
The full text of the letter can be found here.
Photo courtesy Office of Congressman Eliot L. Engel