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Bill Aimed at Liquid Nicotine Clears Major Congressional Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first legislation aimed at regulating the sale of liquid nicotine came one step closer to becoming law today as a major Senate committee gave it bipartisan, unanimous approval.

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the legislation authored by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the panel’s top Democrat. The legislation would require child-resistant packaging on any liquid nicotine available for purchase....

Thune Speech at National Journal: Five FCC Commissioners to Testify on March 18

U.S. Sen. John Thune announced an oversight hearing on March 18, 2015, with all five FCC Commissioners, including Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Executive Session

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. to consider legislation and nominations.


1. H.R. 23, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015, Sponsor: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)
2. H.R. 34, Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015, Sponsor: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.)
3. H.R. 719, TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015, Sponsor: Re...

Nelson Statement on FCC’s Approval of Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) issued the following statement on the FCC’s adoption of net neutrality rules.

“The expert agency – after thorough review and voluminous public input – has now acted.  I look forward to reviewing the details of the FC...

Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a hearing on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, entitled “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance.”

As the U.S. government considers relinquishing control over certain aspects of Internet governance to the private sector, concerns remain that the loss of U.S. involvement over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) could empower foreign powers – acting through intergovernmental institutions or other surrogates – t...

Nelson: Lawmakers must grapple with privacy questions raised by new surveillance technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S.  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said in a speech on the Senate floor today that the proliferation of software and spy devices poses a grave threat to consumers’ cellphone and Internet privacy, so much so that lawmakers are going to have to grapple with and find new ways to curb the increasing intrusions.

Nelson also reiterated his call for a Federal Com...

Nelson questions FCC about use of surveillance technology

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. Bill Nelson has asked federal authorities to review the use of cell phone monitoring devices that are now in the hands of numerous local law enforcement agencies.  He did so in a letter today to the Federal Communications Commission.  The use of the so-called StingRay device is gaining increased scrutiny not only in the media, but in Congress as well.

Following is Nelson’s letter to the FCC and a recent Washington Post article.



Feb. 24, 2015


The Honorable Tom Wheeler


Sen. Cruz Calls Subcommittee Hearing on Space Exploration

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. entitled “U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness.” Former NASA astronauts including Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon and the pilot of Apollo 11, and leaders in the commercial space industry will provide their testimony.

“I look forward to Tuesday's hearing, which will provide both the Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee and the American...

Thune Statement on Agreement to End West Coast Ports Dispute

The West Coast ports dispute has harmed businesses and consumers.

Commerce Committee Leaders: ‘Takata Must Do Everything Possible to Aid Federal Safety Regulators’

Statement on the Dept. of Transportation’s decision to fine Takata for failure to fully cooperate with a safety investigation

Amid Labor Dispute, Congressional Leaders Urge President Obama to Keep Ports Open to Commerce

Congressional Leaders sent a letter to President Obama urging action on the gridlock of goods at 29 West Coast shipping ports.

Hearing on Internet Governance

The hearing will examine the potential benefits and preparedness of non-governmental actors to protect Internet governance functions from attempted interference by foreign governments.


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