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Lifeline: Improving Accountability and Effectiveness

Senate Commerce to hold a hearing on the FCC's Lifeline program.

Subcommittee Hearing on the FCC’s Lifeline Program

Senate Commerce will hold a hearing on the FCC's Lifeline program on June 2nd.

Nomination Hearing

Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger, the pending nominee to be the next TSA administrator, will testify.

President Obama Nominates New GSA Chief

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President Obama Nominates New GSA Chief

Senate Commerce Approves 13 Bills and Three Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed 13 bills and approved nominations for three agencies.
 
Bills and nominations passed are as follows:
 
1.    S. 1331, Seasonal Forecasting Improvement Act, Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
                a.  ...

Executive Session

Senate Commerce will markup thirteen bills and three nominations

Improvements and Innovations in Fishery Management and Data Collection

Witnesses will discuss how innovative data collection and scientific methods can improve fishery management.

Hearing: Examining Air Traffic Control Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a full committee hearing entitled, “FAA Reauthorization: Air Traffic Control Modernization and Reform,” on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and industry leaders are scheduled to testify.
 
As the fifth in a series of hearings on the reauthorization of the FAA, this hearing will focus on the agency’s efforts to modernize the air traffic control (...

FAA Reauthorization: Air Traffic Control Modernization and Reform

The Full Committee will hold a hearing on air traffic control reform.

Nelson Statement on Additional Takata Airbag Recalls

Below is U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s statement on the DOT/NHTSA announcement today on the expansion of Takata airbag recalls.  Click here for video of Nelson’s remarks.

“Folks shouldn’t have to drive around wondering if their airbag is going to explode in their face or if the...

Thune Statement on Expansion of Takata Airbag Recalls

Chairman Thune provides a statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement to expand the Takata airbag recalls.

Nelson Wants Congress to Make Sure Amtrak Crash Victims Not Wronged by Outdated Liability Cap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) today filed legislation aimed at helping victims of last week's deadly Amtrak derailment.

Nelson's bill would replace an outdated cap on damages for passenger rail liability following such an accident – a cap set almost two decades ago in federal law at $200 million.  

Nominee for TSA Administrator to Testify at Senate Commerce

Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger, the pending nominee to be the next TSA administrator, will testify.

Bipartisan Weather Legislation Focused on Improving Seasonal Forecasting


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Commerce Committee member Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today announced the introduction of S. 1331, the Seasonal Forecasting Improvement Act. The legislative proposal directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve seasonal forecasts – defined in the bill as periods over two weeks but less than two years.

“Meaningful strides in longer-term forecasting appear within reach,  but it will require a con...

Thune and Nelson Statement on Deadly Amtrak Derailment

Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson issue joint statement on fatal Amtrack derailment.

Rubio Calls Subcommittee Hearing on Fishery Data Collection

Sen. Rubio will convene a hearing on fishery management and data collection.

Sixty-One U.S. Senators Call on FCC to Modernize Support for Rural Broadband Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and fellow Committee Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today released a letter signed by sixty-one senators to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler calling for a modernization of rules intended to ensure that Americans in rural areas have access to affordable broadband services. Under current rules, Universal Service Fund (USF) support for broadband in rural areas is dependent on the outdated requirement that customers also si...

Sen. Cruz and Ranking Member Nelson Introduce U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act aims encourage the competitiveness of the U.S. commercial space industry.

Senators Introduce Port Transparency Bill in Wake of Prolonged West Coast Ports Strife

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune, along with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, Sen. Deb Fischer, and Sen. Cory Gardner introduced common sense sunshine reforms as a part of S. 1298 to help with early identification of port disruptions caused by labor strife or other factors before they inflict serious damage on businesses and the broader U.S. economy.

Nominations Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. to consider two pending nominations.

Nominations Under Consideration:

- Daniel Elliott, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board (reappointment)
- Mario Cordero, of California, to be a Member of the Federal Maritime Commission (reappointment)

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
10:00 a.m.
 
Full Committee hearing on nomin...

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