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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...

Surface Transportation Reauthorization: The Importance of a Long Term Reauthorization

Senator Fischer will convene a hearing on surface transportation reauthorization.

Commerce Probes White House Notification Policy After Data Breach

"Just like any entity that handles personally-identifiable information, the White House has a responsibility to notify Americans if the recent or any, future breach, results in a compromise.”

Nelson Seeks New Political Ad Disclosure Rules

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. senator who has been out front on the issue of shadowy money in politics today said he’s moving forward with legislation to prod a federal regulator to act.

In a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the agency, said he would introdu...

Thune’s Morning at #Hack4Congress

Follow Sen. Thune's morning at #Hack4Congress.

Cloud Services “Easy to Find, Easy to Buy” on GSA Multiple Award Schedules

GSA news releases - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:00am
New Cloud SIN Now Available on Schedule 70

Five Years After Deepwater Horizon: Improvements and Challenges in Prevention and Response

The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene on April 29, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. for a hearing entitled, “Five Years After Deepwater Horizon: Improvements and Challenges in Prevention and Response.”

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.  Eleven men perished in the explosion.  Two days later, the Deepwater Horizon collapsed and sank in approximately 5,000 feet of water, located 42 miles from shore. On April 29, 2010, the resulting oil spill was officially designated a “Spill of N...

Commerce Probes $3 Billion Collusion Concern in FCC Spectrum Auction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) today requested documents and other information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), DISH Network and two affiliated companies related to bidding in the FCC’s recent Auction 97 for Advanced Wireless Services.

“The Committee has significant questions about whether conduct surrounding the bidding strategies employed by DISH Network and two affiliates adhered to both the letter and intent of the law, since it may ultimately cost th...

Thune to Kick Off Hackathon to Improve Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will kick off Hack4Congress, a hackathon that brings together coders, designers, and innovators to develop platforms to better Congress through technology. Sen. Thune submitted three challenges that hackathon participants could tackle at the event, including an information-sharing platform for congressional hearings. Sen. Thune’s remarks will be webcast live t...

Staying Afloat: Examining the Resources and Priorities of the U.S. Coast Guard

Senator Rubio will convene a hearing on the resources and priorities of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Thune, Nelson Applaud Senate Passage of Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act

“This bill provides important incentives for whistleblowers in the auto industry to bring safety concerns to the attention of federal regulators when harmful safety defects are not reported."

Statement on Nomination of TSA Administrator

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger has been nominated to serve as an Assistant Secretary for Transportation Security at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

FAA Reauthorization: Aviation Safety and General Aviation

Chair Ayotte will convene a hearing as part of an ongoing process for FAA reauthorization.

GAO Releases Report on First Responder Network

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today titled the “Public-Safety Broadband Network: FirstNet Should Strengthen Internal Controls and Evaluate Lessons Learned.”

Nelson Floor Remarks on Latest Takata Incidents

Mr. President, I rise today to provide an update on the status of defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation and efforts to get them out of our cars.
 
Last November, I chaired a Commerce Committee hearing on Takata’s rupturing airbags and the resulting recalls. The number of vehicles recalled due to defective Takata airbags will go down in the record books as one of the largest in American history.
 
At that hearing, we saw that – instead of preventing deaths and injuries – these airbags can explode and spray metal shrapnel at the driv...

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