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Executive Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene an executive session at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2021, to consider the nomination of Eric S. Lander to be the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Directly following the executive session, the committee will consider the presidential nominations of Pamela A. Melroy to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Carlos A. Monje, Jr. to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy; and Richard W. Spinrad to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

Executive Session Agenda:

  • Nomination of Eric S. Lander, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Executive Session Details:

Thursday, May 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT

Full Committee

Executive Session #8

SH-216

Please Note: Once the markup has concluded, we will go straight into the nomination hearing

Hearing Witnesses:

  • Col. Pamela A. Melroy (USAF, Ret.), of New York, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Hon. Carlos A. Monje, Jr., of Louisiana, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
  • Dr. Richard W. Spinrad, of Oregon, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Hearing Details:

Thursday, May 20, 2021

10:15 a.m. EDT

Full Committee (Hybrid)

Nominations Hearing

SH-216

This hearing will take place in the Hart Senate Office Building 216. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the markup. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this markup via the live stream. 

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The Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: An Update and Next Steps with SBA’s Resource Partners

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:15am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: An Update and Next Steps with SBA’s Resource Partners.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:15 A.M. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The Subcommittee will meet to examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) entrepreneurial development ecosystem and offer Members of the Committee the opportunity to review the major technical assistance programs. Members will hear directly from America’s Small Business Development Centers, the Association of Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE about the programs, how the pandemic has impacted their work, and the challenges they face as the country recovers from the economic downturn. 

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Charles “Tee” Rowe
President & Chief Executive Officer
America’s Small Business Development Centers
Burke, VA

Ms. Bridget Weston
Chief Executive Officer
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Herndon, VA

Ms. Corinne Hodges
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Women’s Business Centers
Washington, DC





Reviving International Travel and Tourism to Create and Restore Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), the Chair of the Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, will convene a hearing titled, “Reviving International Travel and Tourism to Create and Restore Jobs,” at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. This hearing will examine the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel to the United States, with a particular focus on ripple-effects on other industries, such as hospitality and tourism. It will also review regional impacts of COVID-19 on the communities and workers hardest hit by decreases in international travel to the United States. Witnesses will have the opportunity to provide their insights surrounding these critical issues, as well as discuss solutions for supporting, promoting, and revitalizing safe international travel to the U.S. moving forward, increasing international tourism, and supporting businesses and workers dependent on leisure and business travelers from abroad.

Witnesses:

  • Mr. William “Bill” D. Talbert III, President and CEO, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Mr. Christopher Thompson, President and CEO, Brand USA
  • Ms. Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation, McCarran International Airport

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

3:00 p.m. EDT

Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion

SR-253

This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the markup. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this markup via the live stream. 

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Protecting Kids Online: Internet Privacy and Manipulative Marketing

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, will convene a hearing titled, “Protecting Kids Online: Internet Privacy and Manipulative Marketing” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Skyrocketing screen time has deepened parents’ concerns about their children’s online safety, privacy, and wellbeing. Apps such as TikTok, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram draw younger audiences onto their platforms raising concerns about how their data is being used and how marketers are targeting them. This hearing will examine the issues posed by Big Tech, child-oriented apps, and manipulative influencer marketing. The hearing will also explore needed improvements to our laws and enforcement, such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, child safety codes, and the Federal Trade Commission’s advertising disclosure guidance.

Witnesses:

  • Ms. Angela Campbell, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation
  • Mr. Serge Egelman, Research Director, Usable Security and Privacy, International Computer Science Institute, University of California Berkeley
  • Ms. Beeban Kidron, Founder and Chair, 5Rights

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT

Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security (Hybrid)  

SR-253

This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the markup. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this markup via the live stream. 

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Examining the role of Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions in Small Business Lending

House Small Business Committee News - 13 hours 12 min ago
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Examining the role of Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions in Small Business Lending.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The hearing will introduce Members to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), and will discuss the impact these institutions make in their communities, especially with respect to supporting local entrepreneurs. Members will also learn about the SBA and non-SBA programs intended to support CDFIs and MDIs.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Aissatou Barry-Fall
President & CEO
Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union
New York, NY

Mr. Everett Sands
Founder & CEO
Lendistry
Brea, CA

Mr. Robert James II
President, Carver Development CDE
Chairman, National Bankers Association
Savannah, GA






Cantwell to DHS Chief Mayorkas: “Urgent Need” to Harden Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the cybersecurity of America’s energy infrastructure in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

“Having nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply crippled by a single ransomware incident highlights the urgent need to harden our nation’s critical infrastructure against computer errors, criminals, and hostile foreign adversaries,” Chair Cantwell wrote.

Chair Cantwell has been warning for years about America’s vulnerability to an attack of this kind—even issuing this warning during a 2017 Energy and Natural Resources hearing: “There is the issue of cybersecurity that keeps me up at night, thinking about potential hacks from Russia or foreign actors, as we see large-scale attacks happening in other places. If we do not make the necessary investments to prevent, defend against and minimize the impact of these cyberattacks, our enemies may succeed in causing us a widespread blackout or devastation to our economy.”

In 2018, Cantwell joined Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to demand immediate action from the Department of Homeland Security on a series of recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In today’s letter to DHS, Chair Cantwell noted how little progress has been made on those recommendations.

“In December 2018, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Pallone and I wrote to former Secretary Nielson to express our concerns about weaknesses in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) pipeline security management,” Chair Cantwell wrote. “It is extremely concerning that several of the GAO’s recommendations remain open, and I ask that you provide a status update on TSA’s action to address them.”

The Commerce Committee will soon be holding a hearing dedicated to exploring what more can be done to prevent future cyberattacks of this kind and better protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.

You can read Chair Cantwell’s full letter to Secretary Mayorkas HERE.

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In Victory For WLF, Supreme Court Requires Lower Courts To Decide If Climate-Change Suits Belong In Federal Court

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 05/17/2021 - 12:03pm

“After today’s decision, appellate courts cannot avoid deciding whether climate-change suits present a federal question that should be heard by federal courts.”
—John Masslon, WLF Senior Litigation Counsel

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court today corrected a widespread misreading of the bar on appellate review of remand orders. The 7-1 ruling was a victory for Washington Legal Foundation, which filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Court to overturn a Fourth Circuit decision that refused to consider B.P.’s argument that Baltimore’s suit raised a federal question that belongs in federal court. 

Baltimore, like many other states and localities, sued in state court arguing that 21 energy companies created the “public nuisance” of global warming by extracting, producing, and selling fossil fuels. The energy companies removed the case to federal court, arguing that federal officers directed their energy-producing activities and that Baltimore’s climate-change claims arise under federal law. The District Court rejected these arguments and remanded the case to state court.  The Fourth Circuit reviewed only the federal-officer claim and held that it lacked appellate jurisdiction over the rest of the remand order.

WLF’s brief showed how the Fourth Circuit’s ruling did not comport with the 230-year history of removal jurisdiction. The brief explained that “the Founders understood the problems posed by having politically vulnerable state judges decide questions of national importance.” Congress has reaffirmed this several times over the past 60 years. The Fourth Circuit ignored this history of removal jurisdiction to avoid addressing important questions about climate-change litigation. Today, the Supreme Court agreed that the Fourth Circuit has jurisdiction to decide whether the case could be removed to federal court.

The post In Victory For WLF, Supreme Court Requires Lower Courts To Decide If Climate-Change Suits Belong In Federal Court appeared first on Washington Legal Foundation.

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WLF Urges Fifth Circuit To Follow Administrative Procedure Act’s Plain Language

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 05/14/2021 - 9:27am

Companies should have the ability to bring declaratory-judgment actions to clarify their federal-law obligations.”
—John Masslon, WLF Senior Litigation Counsel

Click here for WLF’s brief.

WASHINGTON, DC—Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) today filed an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to allow suits seeking to clarify businesses’ obligations under federal law. Applying the Fifth Circuit’s outlying interpretation of the Administrative Procedure Act, the District Court dismissed the action as barred by sovereign immunity. WLF’s brief urges reversing that decision and remanding for merits adjudication.

The appeal arises from a lawsuit by Walmart against the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After failing to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic, DEA and DOJ began demanding that Walmart take certain actions when filling opioid prescriptions. But those demands conflict with the Controlled Substances Act, applicable regulations, and state-law requirements. Attempting to clarify whether it had a legal duty to follow DEA and DOJ’s demands, Walmart filed a declaratory-judgment action in the Eastern District of Texas. 

Under Fifth Circuit precedent, to maintain its suit Walmart must show that DEA and DOJ took agency action. The threats that DEA made through DOJ constituted agency action because the statements were intended to force Walmart to act. WLF’s brief also explains how the District Court’s order erroneously divorced Walmart’s due-process rights from the sovereign-immunity inquiry. And, if the panel disagrees, WLF’s brief explains why the Fifth Circuit should reconsider its outlying precedent.  WLF therefore urges the Fifth Circuit to apply the APA’s plain language and find that Walmart’s suit is not barred by sovereign immunity.

Celebrating its 44th year, WLF is America’s premier public-interest law firm and policy center advocating for free-market principles, limited government, individual liberty, and the rule of law.

The post WLF Urges Fifth Circuit To Follow Administrative Procedure Act’s Plain Language appeared first on Washington Legal Foundation.

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Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Federally funded research and development (R&D) has produced innumerable innovations and discoveries, leading to new companies and entire industries that have made America a global leader in science and technology fields. While small businesses are a major driver of American innovation, commercialization, and overall economic growth, they oftentimes struggle to obtain crucial early financing. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs reduce the risks associated with early stage technology and stimulate commercialization of federal R&D innovations. The hearing will give Members the opportunity to learn more about “America’s Seed Fund” programs and their impact on pioneering small business.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Dr. Joyce Tung
Vice President of Research
23andMe, Inc. 
Sunnyvale, CA

Ms. Pat Keady
Founder, CEO, and President
Aerosol Devices Inc.
Fort Collins, CO

Ms. Rebecca Todd
Innovation Consultant
Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
Little Rock, AR

Mr. Jere Glover
Executive Director
Small Business Technology Council
Washington, DC

 

Chair Cantwell Statement on Commerce Committee Passage of The Endless Frontier Act, NASA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation yesterday held an executive session that included passage of the “Endless Frontier Act,” NASA’s reauthorization as well as other important bills and nominees. Chair Cantwell released the following statement hailing the productive, bipartisan session:

“America is at our best when we are innovating, competing and exploring,” Chair Cantwell said. “This week’s Commerce Committee markup represented a major step towards building the R&D infrastructure we need to seize the promise of an Information Age. We passed the Endless Frontier Act with a big bipartisan vote—a huge boost to our innovation ecosystem that will help us keep pace with our competitors. We also set important policy for NASA, while authorizing the resources needed to protect against programmatic risks and make sure our missions are safe and successful.”

Below are some highlights of the NASA reauthorization:

  1. Extend operations of the International Space Station (“ISS”) to 2030.  Currently ISS is authorized to operate until 2024.

  2. Authorize the Artemis Program, including the Human Lander System. The legislation would explicitly authorize the Human Lander System program at $10.032 billion and require that NASA maintain competition by funding at least two commercial capabilities.

  3. Accelerate Development of the Space Launch System’s (“SLS”) Exploration Upper Stage (“EUS”).   The SLS with EUS will be the most powerful rocket ever built.

  4. Authorize a Series of Aeronautics Projects.  NASA aeronautics precompetitive research and development has helped the domestic aviation industry stay competitive.  The legislation would authorize a series of X-plane demonstrators that will focus on energy efficiency, developing a low-boom supersonic aircraft, and more.  The legislation also authorizes an advanced materials and manufacturing technology program, which includes composite materials. 

  5. Establish a Skilled Technical Education Outreach Program.  The bill would direct NASA to create a skilled technical education outreach program to expose K-12 students to skilled technical occupations at NASA centers.

  6. Extend NASA’s Enhanced Use Leasing (“EUL”) Authority. This bill would extend NASA’s EUL authority for five years.  EUL allows NASA to lease underutilized real estate they own to industry, including launch pads. 

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GSA Announces Notice of Availability for the Duluth Harbor North Pierhead Light in Duluth, Minnesota

GSA news releases - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 12:00am
CHICAGO – On May 7, 2021, a Notice of Availability on the Duluth Harbor North Pierhead Light in Duluth, Minnesota, announced that the Light has been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.  Pursuant to the National Historic...

GSA Announces Notice of Availability for the Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light in Cleveland, Ohio

GSA news releases - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 12:00am
CHICAGO – On May 7, 2021, a Notice of Availability on the Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that the Light has been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.  Pursuant to the National Historic...

GSA Announces Notice of Availability for the Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island

GSA news releases - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 12:00am
BOSTON – On May 7, 2021, a Notice of Availability for the Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island announced that the Light has been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse...

GSA Announces Notice of Availability for the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island

GSA news releases - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 12:00am
BOSTON – On May 7, 2021, a Notice of Availability for the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island announced that the Light has been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse...

Executive Session

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene an executive session at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, to consider the following measures and nominations:

Agenda:

  1. S.82, Ensuring Health Safety in the Skies Act; Sponsors: Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  2. S.116, COVID-19 Home Safety Act; Sponsors: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  3. S.140, Blue Globe Act; Sponsors: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  4. S.316, Fly Safe and Healthy Act; Sponsors: Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Rick Scott (R-FL)
  5. S.497 , American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act; Sponsors: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  6. S.516 , Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act; Sponsors: Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  7. S.1037, Manufacturing Hub Website; Sponsors: Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Todd Young (R-IN)
  8. S.1106, Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act; Sponsors: Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  9. S.1260, Endless Frontier Act; Sponsors: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Todd Young (R-IN)

       10. S.1289, Prescott/Marine Mammal; Sponsors: Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lisa               Murkowski (R-AK)

       11. Nomination of Leslie B. Kiernan, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the                       Department of Commerce (PN248)

       12. Nomination of Lina M. Khan, of New York, to be Commissioner of the Federal                   Trade Commission (PN254)

Executive Session Details:

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

10:00 A.M. EDT

Full Committee

Executive Session #7

SD-106

This markup will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building 106. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the markup. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this markup via the live stream. 

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Committee Approves Nine Bills, Including Endless Frontier Act, and Two Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved nine bills and two nominations, which are now all subject to approval by the full Senate.

Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) provided the following statement on committee approval of the Endless Frontier Act:

“The reason why we're moving ahead and working so diligently on this is that the race for innovation is happening around the globe. People in an information age who are hungry, developing economies are taking some of the best science and information that have been created in the United States of America, and deploying it. We now need to look at our R&D infrastructure and what we in the United States are doing to be more nimble, to make sure that this technology is used to help our supply chains to grow jobs of the future, and to continue to be the leader in research and development around the world."

1. S.82, Ensuring Health Safety in the Skies Act; Sponsors: Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

2. S.116, COVID-19 Home Safety Act; Sponsors: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jerry Moran (R-KS)

  1. Lee 1

3. S.140, Blue Globe Act; Sponsors: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

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  2. Baldwin_1
  3. Scott_2 (modified)

4. S.316, Fly Safe and Healthy Act; Sponsors: Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Rick Scott (R-FL)

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5. S.497, American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act; Sponsors: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

6. S.516, Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act; Sponsors: Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

        a. Moran-Sinema substitute

        b. Lee 2

        c. Lee 3 (modified)

        d. Lee 4

        e. Lee 5 (modified)

        f. Scott 1 (modified)

7. S.1037, Manufacturing Hub Website; Sponsors: Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Todd Young (R-IN)

        a. Peters substitute

        b. Lee-Scott 1 (modified)

8. S.1260, Endless Frontier Act; Sponsors: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Todd Young (R-IN)

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        b. Baldwin 1 (modified)

        c. Baldwin 2

        d. Blackburn 1

        e. Blackburn 3 (modified)

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        h. Blackburn 9 (modified)

        i. Blackburn 12

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        l. Blumenthal 1 (modified)

        m. Blunt-Fischer-Schatz 1 (modified)

        n. Cantwell 1 (modified)

        o. Capito 1 (modified)

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        q. Cruz 1 (modified)

        r. Cruz 2 (modified)

        s. Cruz 4

        t. Cruz 8 (modified)

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        v. Cruz 11 (modified)

        w. Lee 33

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        aa. Lee 124 (modified)

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        ee. Lee 132 (modified)

        ff. Lujan 1

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        hh. Lujan 5 (modified)

        ii. Markey 1

        jj. Markey 6

        kk. Moran 1 (modified)

        ll. Peters 1 (modified)

        mm. Rosen-Blackburn 1 (modified)

        nn. Schatz 1 (modified)

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        uu. Sullivan 8 (modified)

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        aa. Wicker 1

9. S.1289, Prescott/Marine Mammal; Sponsors: Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

10. Nomination of Leslie B. Kiernan, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce (PN248)

11.Nomination of Lina M. Khan, of New York, to be Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (PN254)

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Wicker, Hickenlooper Introduce Bill to Promote Communications Supply Chain Diversity

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Science, introduced the Telecommunications Supply Chain Diversity Promotion Act. The legislation would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to establish a testbed to develop and demonstrate innovative supply chain technologies and applications, and establish a grant program to promote the participation of U.S. companies in international standards-setting bodies. 

“Advanced communications network technologies hold the promise of increasing U.S. competitiveness on the global stage, connecting Americans in ways like never before, and creating untold economic opportunity,” said Wicker. “However, threats to the security of those networks are steadily growing. This legislation would help combat those vulnerabilities by increasing vendor diversity and promoting the use of trusted equipment around the world.”

“Chinese-manufactured telecommunications equipment comes with too great a risk of espionage,” said Hickenlooper. “Yet, other, more secure sources of this equipment are hard to obtain. This bill would supports development of new technology at the Institute of Telecommunication Sciences in Colorado. We won’t sacrifice security to maintain leadership in the race to 5G.”

The Telecommunications Supply Chain Diversity Promotion Act would:

  • Task NTIA with developing a testbed for demonstrating the potential network architecture and applications for Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN), including a specific consideration of rural network deployment;
  • Require NTIA to work with industry, FirstNet, and other federal agencies to examine potential uses for Open RAN technology;
  • Authorize $20 million for NTIA to stand up the testbed program, and require NTIA to report to Congress with recommendations for further legislative actions to promote the adoption and deployment of Open RAN;
  • Create a grant program to provide US companies with financial assistance for participation in eligible standard-setting bodies for the formation of standards for Open RAN; and
  • Authorize $30 million for the Department of Commerce to distribute in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission. 

Click here to read the bill. 

Freight Mobility: Strengthening America’s Supply Chains and Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), the Chair of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports, will convene a hearing titled, “Freight Mobility: Strengthening America’s Supply Chains and Competitiveness,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The hearing will address the current challenges facing the freight industry, and the ways in which Congress and stakeholders can enhance our nation’s transportation infrastructure and supply chains to ensure the continued competitiveness of American freight movement. Witnesses will also have the opportunity to discuss other opportunities to strengthen U.S. freight and transportation policy.

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Chuck Baker, President, American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association
  • Mr. Lamont Byrd, Director, Safety and Health Department, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Mr. Chris Connor, President & CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Mr. Chris Spear, President & CEO, American Trucking Associations

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

2:30 P.M.

Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports (Hybrid) 

SR-253

This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov

In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the hearing. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.

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