Statement on the Inclusion of CAMRA and COVS Act in the Year-End Federal Omnibus Bill

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21, 2022- James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, released the following statement celebrating the inclusion of the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRA) and the Computers for Veterans and Students (COVS) Act in the final omnibus bill.

"CAMRA has followed a long journey through Congress, and Common Sense Media has championed this bill for years, never wavering in the importance of getting longitudinal research on how social media and technology affect kids' and teens' development. This week, we finally succeeded.

"CAMRA is included in the omnibus as part of a package of mental health bills, and for good reason: we need to know more about how technology is affecting core areas of cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development in kids and teens. CAMRA would provide long overdue research to inform the legislation needed to protect youth online, like the privacy and platform accountability legislation that didn't make it across the finish line this year.

"We thank Senator Markey (D-MA) and Representative Raskin (D-MD-08) for their leadership and dedication to CAMRA, and cosponsors Senators Bennet (D-CO), Blunt (R-MO), Collins (R-ME), Sasse (R-NE), and Schatz (D-HI), and Reps. Gonzalez (R-OH-16) and Trahan (D-MA-03). We also thank the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, including Chairwoman Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Burr (R-NC), and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers (R-OR), for ensuring CAMRA's inclusion in the final omnibus.

"We are also pleased that Congress included the COVS Act, which requires that retired government computers be refurbished and distributed to veterans, students, and other low-income populations. The COVS Act advances our efforts to ensure every family has access to technology they need to thrive ."

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