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Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:00am

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a filed hearing titled, “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Washington Convention Center. The Senate field hearing will examine self-driving and other auto technologies as well as issues on the horizon for lawmakers and regulators. Days after the hearing, the convention center will open its doors for an industry-wide auto showcase event. 

Witnesses: 

To be announced

Hearing Details: 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full committee
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
West Salon Room
Washington, DC 20001

The hearing is open to credentialed media and the public. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Senate Commerce Approves NTSB Reauthorization, Other Agenda Items

11 hours 22 min ago

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved legislation reforming and reauthorizing the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) through 2023, and bills reauthorizing a successful drought information initiative and earthquake hazards reduction. The committee also voted to confirm the nominee to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and numerous Coast Guard promotions subject to Senate confirmation.

Bills and nominations considered are as follows (approved by voice vote unless otherwise noted):

1.     S. 2202, National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act, Sponsors: Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)

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2.     S. 2200, National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018, Sponsor: Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)

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3.     S. 1768, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

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4.     Nomination of Barry Lee Myers, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (agreed by roll call vote: 14-13)

5.     Nominations for Promotion in the United States Coast Guard

Executive Session

13 hours 22 min ago

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Hart 216 to consider the following legislative measures and nominations.

Click here for additional information on nominees.

Agenda:

1.     S. 2202, National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act, Sponsors: Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

2.     S. 2200, National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018, Sponsor: Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

3.     S. 1768, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, Sponsors: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

4.     Nomination of Barry Lee Myers, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

5.     Coast Guard Promotions 

*Agenda subject to change

Executive Session Details: 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee Markup
Senate Hart Building 216

<p>Good morning.&nbsp; Before we begin

13 hours 26 min ago

Good morning.  Before we begin our eighth and likely final executive session of the year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the Committee has accomplished this year and thank all of you for your hard work and cooperation.    

The Committee has held 33 full Committee hearings and an additional 30 Subcommittee hearings. 

After today, our Committee will have processed 47 pieces of legislation, 28 of which have passed the full Senate as standalone measures or as parts of larger bills.  And, as of yesterday, seven of these have been signed into law. 

The Committee has also spent a considerable amount of time this year considering nominations.  Of our 32 full Committee hearings, a dozen have been confirmation hearings.  After today, this hard work will have resulted in 32 nominations and over 250 Coast Guard promotions being successfully reported to the full Senate.  

While I had hoped that the full Senate would have been able to confirm a few more of these well qualified individuals by now, I am proud to say 19 of the Committee’s nominees are currently serving in the Executive Branch.  

Again, thank you all for your hard work this year.  I look forward to another productive year in 2018.

Now we turn to today’s agenda, which includes three legislative items, one nomination, and almost 300 Coast Guard promotions.

The first item on today’s agenda, the NTSB Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Senators Nelson, Fisher, Booker, Blunt, Cantwell, and myself, reauthorizes the Board through 2023 and makes several reforms to modernize it and improve transparency.

We rely on the NTSB to investigate tragic transportation accidents and inform Congress, the Department of Transportation, and the public on any safety recommendations necessary to prevent similar accidents in the future. 

The improvements and reforms in our bill will help ensure this important work continues. 

We are also considering the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Senator Nelson and myself, today. 

As last year’s drought in my home state of South Dakota reminded folks, having timely and accurate drought monitoring is critical to those affected by severe weather conditions. 

Our bill will encourage important partnerships with the private sector, integrate seasonal and subseasonal drought and water forecasts, and support ongoing soil moisture monitoring to better aid farmers.

The primary nominee we are considering today, Mr. Barry Myers, has been tapped to lead the agency that spearheads our forecasting efforts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. 

Mr. Myers has dedicated his entire career to the weather forecasting enterprise and will bring that same commitment to NOAA.  I am hopeful that his nomination can be considered as soon as possible by the full Senate. 

And, as I just mentioned, we will be considering over 250 Coast Guard promotions. 

We all appreciate the service and sacrifice these brave men and women make each day, but I wanted to particularly recognize one of these individuals – Captain Tom Allan, who will be promoted to Rear Admiral. 

As many Members of this Committee and our staff know, Captain Allan served as head of Congressional Affairs for the Coast Guard.  Captain Allan and his team’s hard work has always been top notch and appreciated.  I thank him for his continued dedication to the Coast Guard and our Nation. 

With that, I will turn to Senator Nelson for any opening remarks.  

Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

13 hours 32 min ago
Mr. Chairman, before we get started, I would like to say a few words about the nomination before us of Barry Myers to be the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

At this committee’s hearing on Mr. Myers’ nomination last month, I questioned whether we could be sure that Mr. Myers would refrain from involving himself in NOAA decisions affecting AccuWeather - the company owned by his brothers and which Mr. Myers himself previously ran. While Mr. Myers is clearly knowledgeable about our national weather program, I remain concerned about whether conflicts of interest due to his family connections with AccuWeather can, or will, be avoided. 

If Mr. Myers is confirmed, I will work with and support him in his efforts to make his time at NOAA successful. However, it is imperative that he demonstrate that he will approach this position as a public service role – not as another private sector job. Running this agency, which deals with life or death scenarios, demands that its administrator represent the public, first and foremost.

Unfortunately, when questioned by Senator Schatz at his nomination hearing, Mr. Myers was unable to say that his perspective would change as he transitioned from the private sector to take on this public role. In fact, he was unable to come up a single instance where, if confirmed, he might be at odds with his former employer, AccuWeather. He even refused to acknowledge that his support of the Santorum bill in 2005 would have prohibited the weather service from offering a product or service that is or could be provided by the private sector and would have benefitted his own company.

NOAA is doing important work nationwide – from providing forecasting to managing fisheries, conducting climate research, helping coastal communities plan for the future, and much more. As I have said before, we need a NOAA administrator who will safeguard the critical mission of this important agency, without any conflicts of interests. I am not convinced that Barry Myers is that man, and I will be voting against his nomination today, but with the hope that Mr. Myers will prove me wrong about my conflict of interest concerns.

With that Mr. Chairman, let’s proceed.

39 Senators Call on FCC Chairman Pai to Abandon 'Reckless' Plan to End Net Neutrality

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00pm

WASHINGTON - More than three dozen senators joined Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) on a letter today urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules in favor of giving internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers’ access to the internet.

The senators’ letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle the net neutrality protections. 

“Your plan gives a broadband provider the ability to significantly alter their subscribers’ internet experience,” the lawmakers wrote.  “Once adopted, this proposal will permit that provider to freely block, slow down or manipulate a consumer’s access to the internet as long as it discloses those practices – no matter how anti-consumer – somewhere within mounds of legalese in a new “net neutrality” policy.  …It is a stunning regulatory overreach.”

Joining Nelson on the letter to the FCC Chair were Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Gary C. Peters (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Robert P. Casey (D-PA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-OR), Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Al Franken  (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD),Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cory A. Booker  (D-NJ), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

Text of the letter is below.  To view a pdf of the letter, click here.

 

VIDEO: Thune Commends FCC’s Internet Freedom Order

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00pm
“If my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and those who claim to support net neutrality rules, want to enshrine protections for consumers with the backing of the law, I call on you today to join me in discussing legislation to do just that.”...

Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:00am

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in today’s digital economy, the development of algorithms powering AI, and what practices are in place or should be in place to ensure proper use of this technology.

Witnesses: 

    - Dr. Cindy Bethel, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University
    - Mr. Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
    - Ms. Victoria Espinel, Chief Executive Officer, The Software Alliance
    - Dr. Dario Gil, Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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

National Ocean Policy: Stakeholder Perspectives,

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:30am

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “National Ocean Policy: Stakeholder Perspectives,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the state of the National Ocean Policy and the program’s interaction with existing laws and regulations for ocean management. 

Witnesses:

    - Ms. Bonnie Brady, Executive Director, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association  
    - Mr. Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    - Mr. Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance 
    - Ms. Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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

Fact Sheet: Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule for trucks and buses

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00pm
What's happening? How are Senators helping?...

Thune Statement on President Trump’s Space Policy Directive

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00pm
“This directive accelerates U.S. leadership in working with international and commercial partners to explore deep space.”...

Testimony

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:32am

Testimony

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:28am

Testimony

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:25am

Testimony

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:22am

Commerce Announces Markup on December 13

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:00pm
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Hart 216 to consider the following legislative measures and nominations.

Bipartisan NTSB Reauthorization Aims to Modernize and Enhance Transparency

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:00pm
U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced S. 2202, the National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act. The legislation reauthorizes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at an average level of $113.4 million through fiscal year 2023 and offers several key reforms to modernize and improve transparency in the safety agency’s investigations, recommendations, and board member discussions.

Committee Announces Hearing To Examine National Ocean Policy

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:00pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “National Ocean Policy: Stakeholder Perspectives,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the state of the National Ocean Policy and the program’s interaction with existing laws and regulations for ocean management. 

Witnesses:

    - Ms. Bonnie Brady, Executive Director, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association  
    - Mr. Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    - Mr. Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance 
    - Ms. Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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

Committee Announces Hearing to Examine the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:00pm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in today’s digital economy, the development of algorithms powering AI, and what practices are in place or should be in place to ensure proper use of this technology.

Witnesses:

    - Dr. Cindy Bethel, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University
    - Mr. Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
    - Ms. Victoria Espinel, Chief Executive Officer, The Software Alliance
    - Dr. Dario Gil, Vice President, AI and IBM Q, IBM

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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

Thune Statement on Repeal of Flawed Train Brake Rule

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:00pm
"I applaud the department’s new leadership for reacting appropriately to the findings of independent experts and fixing a mistake.”

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