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Domestic Challenges and Global Competition in Aviation Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security will hold a hearing on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. titled, “Domestic Challenges and Global Competition in Aviation Manufacturing.” 

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically ...

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Ed Markey (D-MA), today introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014. 

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014 builds on the goals and successes of the America COMPETES Act of 2007 and its reauthorization in 2010. The Senators’ billwould authorize stable and sustained increases in federal research and developme...

Rockefeller, Durbin, Nelson, Pryor, Coons, Markey Introduce America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Ed Markey (D-MA), today introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014. 

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014 builds on the goals and successes of the America COMPETES Act of 2007 and its reauthorization in 2010. The Senators’ billwould authorize stable and sustained increases in federal research and developme...

Rockefeller: Staff Report Finds Cramming on Wireless Phone Bills Was Widespread

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released a majority staff report on the findings of the Committee’s investigation into wireless cramming – where consumers get charged on their phone bills for goods and services they never agreed to purchase.

The new report titled, “Cramming on Mobile Phone Bills: A Report on Wireless Billing Practices,” describes a billion dollar industry that has cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in u...

Rockefeller: New Evidence Proves Wireless Carriers Are Not Protecting Consumers From Bogus Charges on Their Phone Bills

Opening Statement

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

“Cramming on Wireless Phone Bills: A Review of Consumer Protection Practices and Gaps”

Today’s hearing is about a practice known as “cramming,” where consumers get charged on their phone bills for goods and services they never agreed to purchase.

The companies that put these bogus cha...

Cramming on Wireless Phone Bills: A Review of Consumer Protection Practices and Gaps

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a Full Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. titled, “Cramming on Wireless Phone Bills: A Review of Consumer Protection Practices and Gaps.”

Over two decades ago, phone companies began allowing third-party vendors to place charges on consumer phone bills for products unrelated to phone service such as photo storage. From the early days of this practice, industr...

Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. titled, “Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon.” The hearing continues the Committee’s oversight of restoration efforts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The hearing will seek to assess the ongoing ...

Rockefeller Supports Short-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released the following statement after joining a majority of Senators in passing a short-term fix through December for the Highway Trust Fund, which is in jeopardy of going bankrupt without immediate Congressional action:   

“West Virginians have grown weary of deteriorating roads, crumbling bridges and unsafe conditions on our highways. But finding the political will to spend federal dollars—no matter how important the cause&m...

Opportunities and Challenges for Improving Truck Safety on our Highways

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3 p.m. titled, “Opportunities and Challenges for Improving Truck Safety on our Highways.” Ahead of the surface transportation reauthorization, this hearing will focus on opportunities and challenges to address truck safety on our highways. In light of several major truck crashes and increases in truck fatalities, the hearing wi...

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