Congressman Kinzinger Speaks on House Floor in Support of H.R. 4986, the RAY BAUM'S Act
Yesterday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 4986, the RAY BAUM’S Act, which stands for Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 4986, the RAY BAUM’S Act, which stands for Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services. The bill was named in honor of the late Ray Baum, the former Staff Director of the Energy and Commerce Committee, who lost his courageous battle with cancer last month.
This bipartisan, bicameral RAY BAUM’S Act will reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), bolster development and deployment of next-generation 5G broadband technology by identifying additional spectrum for use in the private sector, and address the funding shortfall as telecommunications companies and broadcasters work to realign certain bands of spectrum. Two of the measures included in H.R. 4986 were led by Congressman Kinzinger: the Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act and the Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act.
After the RAY BAUM’S Act passed by voice vote, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:
“I’m pleased to see this bill pass by voice today, and to know we have moved the ball forward in making the FCC more efficient, transparent and modernized, especially in strengthening our telecommunications in every corner of the country. I’m proud to have two of my bipartisan bills included in H.R. 4986, and proud of the hard work of the entire Energy and Commerce Committee, especially our staff. Ray Baum was a shining example of public service, passionate about telecommunications policy, and believed in working across the aisle to get things done. And today, we brought this bipartisan bill named in his honor one step closer to the finish line.”
“Mr. Speaker, I rise to support RAY BAUM’S Act.
“It is fitting that this bipartisan bill is named for Ray Baum – a shining example of public service. Ray was always ready to roll up his sleeves and get things done on behalf of the American people. My heart goes out to Ray’s wife, Kristine, and all of his family and loved ones.
“Mr. Speaker, this legislation reauthorizes the FCC for the first time in TWENTY-EIGHT years. And I’m proud of the inclusions of two of my bipartisan bills.
“First is the Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act, which Mr. Loebsack and I introduced. It expands access to coverage in rural communities by allowing licenses, unused spectrum to be sub-allocated for carriers servicing rural populations.
“The second is the Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act, which Mr. McNerney and I introduced. It requires the FCC to thoroughly examine veterans’ access to broadband and provide recommendations to increase access, especially for rural and low-income veterans.
“Again, this legislation is one more example to show the majority of the work done in Congress is bipartisan – and sometimes even bicameral. I urge my colleagues to support the RAY BAUM’S Act, and I yield back.”