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Category: Senate

Nominations Preempt FAA Bill Before Labor Day

August 24, 2018 – Hopes that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (H.R. 3/S. 1405) might finally come to the Senate floor before the end of August took a nose dive earlier this week when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed what may be a record number of cloture petitions on Trump Administration nominees.

Senate Democrats Release $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. Again.

March 8, 2018 – Senate Democrats on March 7 released a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan, which was an expansion of the $1 trillion plan they released in January 2017, which in turn was based on the $1 trillion plan introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in January 2015.

Trump Renominates OST-R, Amtrak Nominees

January 10, 2018 – President Trump on January 8 renominated Diana Furchgott-Roth to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation For Research and Technology and Lynn Westmoreland to be a Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

Schumer Blocks Rail Safety Nominee

December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) again blocked the nomination of Ronald Batory to become the nation’s head safety regulator as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Autonomous Vehicle Bills Stuck in Park Until 2018

December 21, 2017 – The automated vehicle (AV) legislation in Congress has been put in park until next year, despite being in the fast lane for the past several months. Confronted with limited floor time and a number of concerns raised during Sen. John Thune’s (R-SD) attempt to hotline the bill, AV START (S.

AV Bills Are Gathering Momentum Once Again

November 16, 2017 – ETW has learned from representatives of industry and advocacy groups engaged in the process that the AV START Act might be “hotlined” before the end of the month.

House, Senate AV Bills Hit Recess Roadblocks As Skeptics Dig In

August 24, 2017 Shortly before Congress left for recess, the House Energy & Commerce passed an automated vehicle (AV) regulation bill by an almost unheard-of margin of 54 to 0. Legislators and the audience alike clapped and shook hands after the unanimous vote, which followed a healthy serving of bipartisan backslapping.

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 Democrats Unveil $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

January 24, 2017 – Senate Democrats held a press conference on January 24 to announce the outline of a plan for $1 trillion in federal infrastructure spending over ten years- from the U.S. Treasury, not from the leverage of private funds. New Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he and his colleagues were challenging President Trump to go along with them, even over the objections of Republicans in Congress.

Congress Will Fill Committee Vacancies in January

December 16, 2016 – Once the 115th Congress convenes for the first time at noon on January 3, 2017, one of the first items of business that week will be to fill vacancies on the many committees of Congress.

GOP Keeps Control of U.S. Senate

November 9, 2016 – Democratic hopes of taking back control of the U.S. Senate were dashed last night as Republicans kept their losses to between one and two seats.

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