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Category: Senate Commerce Committee

Senate Hearing Examines State and Local Infrastructure Needs

March 16, 2018 – On Tuesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security held a hearing titled, “Rebuilding Infrastructure in America: State and Local Transportation Needs.”

Shuster Concedes Defeat on ATC Reform; Next Extension Due Soon

March 2, 2018 – Prospects for House consideration of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took an abrupt shift earlier this week when House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced on February 27 that his ambitious air traffic control reform legislation (H.R. 2997) would not be moving to the House floor in its current form.

Senate Commerce Discusses Emerging Threats to Surface Transportation

January 31, 2018 – As a response to the rise in international terrorist attacks involving multiple surface transportation modes, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on January 23 to review transportation security initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, in particular, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Trump Nominates Board Members for Amtrak, MWAA

February 2, 2018 – President Trump today announced his intention to nominate new members of the Boards of Directors of Amtrak and of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Senate Commerce Convenes Field Hearing at Washington Auto Show

January 26, 2018 – On January 24, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a field hearing at the Washington Auto Show to discuss emerging technologies in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on automated vehicles (AVs).

Senate Inches Toward Unanimous Consent on AV START

January 26, 2018 – The legislative logjam preventing the Senate’s autonomous vehicle policy legislation from going to the floor is lifting. Now just two “holds” remain: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Senate Commerce Re-Approves OST-R, Amtrak Nominees

January 19, 2018 – This week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved, for a second time, the nominations of Diana Furchgott-Roth to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Research and Technology and of former Congressman Lynn Westmoreland to be a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

Senate Commerce Advances NTSB Reauthorization Bill

December 20, 2017 – At an executive session on December 13, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Thune Initiates “Hotline” of AV START

December 1, 2017 – Before the year comes to a close, Senate Commerce chairman John Thune (R-SD) is attempting to rally his colleagues to pass a bill that would create the nation’s first automated vehicle (AV) laws, AV START (S. 1885). Yesterday, Thune initiated the “hotline” process for the bill.

Senate Commerce Questions Four Trump Transportation Nominees

November 1, 2017 – On October 31, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee convened a hearing to consider four of President Trump’s transportation nominees, amidst a growing backlog of transportation nominees in the upper chamber.

Senate Commerce Advances Automated Vehicle Bill, “AV START”

October 4, 2017- Earlier today, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to advance S. 1885, the AV START Act. The bill was drafted in a bipartisan process led by John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), who have been working in earnest with committee members and stakeholders throughout this year.

More Transportation Nominees Move Through Senate

August 4, 2017 – At an executive session on August 2, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved four of President Trump’s nominees to positions at USDOT. Two of those made it into the traditional pre-August-recess en bloc package of dozens of nominations approved by the Senate on August 3.

Senate Holds Hearing on FRA, MARAD Nominees

July 28, 2017 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on July 26 held a hearing on multiple pending nominations, including Ronald Batory to head the Federal Railroad Administration and Mark Buzby to head the Maritime Administration.

Senate Commerce Previewing AV Bills

July 18, 2017 – The Senate Commerce Committee staff has allowed some stakeholders to confidentially view drafts of its legislative package for AVs.