WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement after the Committee unanimously voted to pass the Data Mapping to Save Mom’s Lives Act – bipartisan legislation she introduced with Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Todd Young (R-IN), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) – as well as the bipartisan Protecting Tourism in the United States Act, Safe Connections Act, and Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act – each of which she co-sponsored.

“I’m proud to see that numerous bipartisan bills I have introduced and supported have passed today’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee mark-up,” said Senator Rosen. “Whether it’s working to support the health of Nevada mothers, survivors of domestic violence and abuse, our state’s critical tourism industry, or Nevada’s growing advanced manufacturing workforce, I will continue fighting each day for Nevadans and for the institutions in our state.” 

BACKGROUND: In February, Senator Rosen introduced the bipartisan Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act (S.198), which would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to map areas in the United States that have both broadband service gaps and high rates of poor maternal health outcomes. This critical information will help identify where improved access to telehealth services can be most effective. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), severe complications related to pregnancy, known as severe maternal morbidity, impacts over 50,000 women in the U.S. each year. The Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act passed the Senate last Congress.

The bipartisan Protecting Tourism in the United States Act (S.115), which Senator Rosen co-sponsored, would direct the Department of Commerce to study the effects of COVID-19 on travel and tourism, and make policy recommendations.

The bipartisan Safe Connections Act (S.120), which Senator Rosen also co-sponsored, would allow domestic violence survivors to separate a mobile phone line from any shared plan involving an abuser without penalties or other requirements, including lines of any dependents in their care. Domestic violence abusers can often exploit communications service plans and safety features to monitor, stalk, or control their targets.

The bipartisan Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act (S.735), which Senator Rosen also co-sponsored, would reauthorize and modernize the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, which is focused on improving the education of the skilled technical workforce by supporting partnerships between industry and community colleges, curriculum development, apprenticeships, professional development for faculty, the development of career pathways, and research on effective STEM distance learning.

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