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Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. This hearing will examine privacy policies of top technology and communications firms, review the current state of consumer data privacy, and offer members the opportunity to discuss possible approaches to safeguarding privacy more effectively. 

Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection,” said Thune“This hearing will provide leading technology companies and internet service providers an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, how they plan to address new requirements from the European Union and California, and what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation.”

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Len Cali, Senior Vice President—Global Public Policy, AT&T Inc.
  • Mr. Andrew DeVore, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer, Google LLC
  • Mr. Damian Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director, Twitter, Inc.
  • Mr. Guy (Bud) Tribble, Vice President for Software Technology, Apple Inc.
  • Ms. Rachel Welch, Senior Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Charter Communications, Inc.

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee
Dirksen Senate Office Building G50 

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 3:15am

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space,” at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The third in a series of hearings leading up to a potential National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) authorization, this hearing will examine the challenges NASA faces in undertaking human and robotic exploratory missions, its research in aeronautics and space technology, and how the agency’s current and planned initiatives will affect its future mission goals. 

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable James Bridenstine, Administrator, National Aeronatics and Space Administration

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
2:15 p.m.
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness 

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.

Subcommittee Continues Hearing Series with NASA Administrator Bridenstine

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space,” at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The third in a series of hearings leading up to a potential National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) authorization, this hearing will examine the challenges NASA faces in undertaking human and robotic exploratory missions, its research in aeronautics and space technology, and how the agency’s current and planned initiatives will affect its future mission goals. 

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable James Bridenstine, Administrator, National Aeronatics and Space Administration

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
2:15 p.m.
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness 

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.

 

Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. This hearing will focus on conflict and crime in global fisheries. Specifically, the hearing will examine current pressure on fishery resources, geographic areas where conflict is likely to arise, state and non-state actors involved in conflict and criminal activity associated with seafood scarcity, measures being taken to address the conflict and criminal activity, any barriers to such measures, and what more could be done.

Witnesses:

  • Vice Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Ambassador David Balton, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Dr. Bama Athreya, Labor and Employee Rights Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard 

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.

Senate Approves Opioid Crisis Response Act with Key Commerce Committee Provisions

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:00pm
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 6), which includes provisions addressing a national drug and health crisis.

Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:00am

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled, “Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America,” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The hearing will examine emerging technologies across the transportation sector that have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation and will explore federal policy opportunities to encourage private sector innovation.

“Our transportation systems must innovate to keep pace with the demands of our growing economy,” said Thune. “Bringing in innovative transportation leaders as witnesses will offers members of our committee an opportunity to ask questions about and assess the potential of technologies beyond the horizon of Congress’ immediate consideration.”  


Witness:

  • Ms. Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
  • Mr. Josh Raycroft, Director Business Strategy, Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Mr. Davis Sanford, Campaigns Lead, Naval Ship Intelligence & Technologies, Rolls-Royce Marine North America
  • Ms. Laurie Tolson, Chief Digital Officer, GE Transportation

Hearing Details:

 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Full Committee

 

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.

<p>This nation built the Erie Canal,

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:16am

This nation built the Erie Canal, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Wright 1903 Flyer, and the Interstate Highway System. These advancements made America’s transportation system the envy of the world and unlocked enormous opportunities for Americans: they created jobs and new sources of wealth; opened markets; connected rural areas to urban areas and the coasts to the heartland; improved the efficiency and safety of the movement people and goods, and gave American businesses a significant advantage over economic competitors.

More recently, however, our transportation system has struggled to keep pace with the growing demands of a dynamic economy. Freight movement is expected to double over the next few decades, the growth of e-commerce continues to present new opportunities and challenges, and competition from foreign countries is strong.

Meanwhile, our roadways are increasingly congested as Americans spend too many hours stuck in traffic, at a cost of over $160 billion per year in wasted time, fuel, and vehicle wear-and-tear, and transportation connections in many areas—including rural areas—are hindered by deteriorating infrastructure conditions.

While there is a real need for robust investment, the transportation sector also needs innovative solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of our system.

It is essential that the private and public sectors work together to prepare for the future and promote technologies that will improve the ways in which people and goods get to and from their destinations, including urban and rural areas.

Technology has the potential to make it easier to get to work, get our groceries, plan our businesses, or pick-up our kids or grandkids. Technological changes and innovation may transform all aspects of our transportation network—from vehicles and equipment to the underlying infrastructure to the logistics software that helps connect us.

Our Committee has been active this Congress on automated vehicles, next-generation telecom, unmanned aircraft systems or drones, and other emerging technology issues.

Senator Peters and I have been advancing our AV START Act to facilitate the safe development of automated vehicles, which will help save lives, improve mobility for all Americans–including those with disabilities—and create new jobs by maintaining U.S. leadership in this important technology.

With the passage of MOBILE NOW, my work with Senator Schatz on the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, and the Committee’s related work on 5G spectrum, we are also working to maintain American leadership in next-generation communications technology—a position China and others seek for themselves.

In addition, this Committee has included several provisions in the Senate FAA bill that will help promote drone technologies while addressing safety and privacy issues and improving enforcement and federal oversight of drone operations.

Of course, there are many other forms of technology within the Committee’s jurisdiction that will transform how we do business. An important role of this Committee is to hold these types of hearings to better inform Congress and the public on emerging technologies in areas under our purview.

While we do not always know which technology will succeed, or what the technological maturation process will look like or mean for our everyday lives, it is critical that Congress engage with innovators and ensure Federal policy supports, and does not hold back, American ingenuity.

I expect this hearing will examine how emerging transportation technologies will fit within federal regulatory, financing, and permitting policies. It will help answer an ongoing question – how should the Federal government best engage in the transportation of tomorrow?

Answering these questions can help ensure our transportation system keeps pace with a dynamic economy and is the envy of the world.

This morning, we will be hearing from a distinguished panel of witnesses on new and exciting areas in transportation that will transform the way people and goods move in the 21st century. I look forward to all of your testimonies.

Committee to Hold Hearing Examining Consumer Privacy Protections

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 1:00pm
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Testimony

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 4:36am

Testimony

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 4:34am

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Wed, 09/12/2018 - 4:32am

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Wed, 09/12/2018 - 4:30am

Subcommittee to Hold Hearing Examining Fishery Related Crimes

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. This hearing will focus on conflict and crime in global fisheries. Specifically, the hearing will examine current pressure on fishery resources, geographic areas where conflict is likely to arise, state and non-state actors involved in conflict and criminal activity associated with seafood scarcity, measures being taken to address the conflict and criminal activity, any barriers to such measures, and what more could be done.

Witnesses:

  • Vice Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Ambassador David Balton, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Dr. Bama Athreya, Labor and Employee Rights Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard 

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 to Hold Hearing on the Future of Transportation in America

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled, “Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America,” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The hearing will examine emerging technologies across the transportation sector that have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation and will explore federal policy opportunities to encourage private sector innovation.

“Our transportation systems must innovate to keep pace with the demands of our growing economy,” said Thune. “Bringing in innovative transportation leaders as witnesses will offers members of our committee an opportunity to ask questions about and assess the potential of technologies beyond the horizon of Congress’ immediate consideration.”  


Witness:

  • Ms. Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
  • Mr. Josh Raycroft, Director Business Strategy, Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Mr. Davis Sanford, Campaigns Lead, Naval Ship Intelligence & Technologies, Rolls-Royce Marine North America
  • Ms. Laurie Tolson, Chief Digital Officer, GE Transportation

Hearing Details:

 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Full Committee

 

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 Approves Four Bills, Nominations

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today, approved four bills, including House of Representatives companion legislation to S. 3395, the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). In addition to the legislative measures, the committee approved four nominees subject to Senate confirmation.

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

1.    S. 1965, Allowing Alaska IVORY Act, Sponsor: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
a.    Sullivan substitute

 2.    S. 2773, Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Sponsors: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
a.    Capito 1 

3.    S. 3367, Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act, Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
a.    Thune substitute (modified) 

4.    H.R. 4323, Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, Sponsors: Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Ralph Lee Abraham (R-La.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Elizabeth Etsy (D-Conn.), Stephen Knight (R-Calif.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Roger Marshal (R-Kan.), Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Mark Takano (D-Calif.) 
a.    Thune substitute (modified) 

5.    Nomination of Rick Dearborn, of Oklahoma, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors (Roll call vote: 14-13)

6.    Nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier, of Oklahoma, to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

7.    Nomination of James Morhard, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

8.    Nomination of Joel Szabat, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation

Keeping Our Skies Secure: Oversight of the Transportation Security Administration

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:15am

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled, “Keeping Our Skies Secure: Oversight of the Transportation Security Administration,” at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.  The exact start time is contingent on the conclusion of an earlier and separate Commerce Committee business meeting that will be open to the public in the same hearing room. As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, this hearing will examine the progress made by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in its efforts to advance aviation security and the challenges that remain. 

“As the front line of our nation’s transportation security, TSA has to learn from mistakes and shortcomings to keep us safe,” said Thune. “This hearing will offer Senators the opportunity to ask the administrator questions about the deployment of new screening technologies, improved security measures, and other issues affecting our security and rights.”

Witness:

  • The Honorable David P. Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
10:15 a.m.
Full Committee
Dirksen 106

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

Executive Session

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:00am

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to consider the following legislative measures and nominations.

Click here for additional information on nominees. 

The Markup was previously scheduled for September 5, 2018 but was postponed due to a change in the Senate floor schedule.

Agenda:

1.    S. 1965, Allowing Alaska IVORY Act, Sponsor: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

2.    S. 2773, Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, Sponsors: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

3.    S. 3367, Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act, Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

4.    H.R. 4323, Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, Sponsors: Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Ralph Lee Abraham (R-La.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Elizabeth Etsy (D-Conn.), Stephen Knight (R-Calif.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Roger Marshal (R-Kan.), Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Mark Takano (D-Calif.) 

5.    Nomination of Rick Dearborn, of Oklahoma, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors

6.    Nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier, of Oklahoma, to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

7.    Nomination of James Morhard, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

8.    Nomination of Joel Szabat, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation

*Agenda subject to change

Executive Session Details:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee Markup
Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
 
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov.

Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:37am

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Today we will consider the nomination of Jim Morhard to be the deputy administrator of NASA, among others. 

I was encouraged that in follow-up communications with the committee after his hearing last week, Mr. Morhard acknowledged that the climate is changing and that it is extremely likely that human activities are the dominant cause of this warming. 

We will also be considering the nomination of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

There are a number of critical issues facing this country that will benefit from the input of the White House science advisor – the algae disaster in my state, the opioid crisis and sea level rise to name a few. I was especially pleased to hear during Dr. Droegemeier’s confirmation hearing that he is eager to work on climate change and committed to ensuring that science is free from politics. 

Dr. Droegemeier is a well-regarded scientist who has served twelve years on the National Science Board. The committee has received dozens of endorsements for Dr. Droegemeier, and I think it’s safe to say the research community is eager for this committee to quickly confirm the nominee.  

With that, let’s get on to the business of the day.

Ranking Member Bill Nelson Opening Statement

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:36am

Thank you Mr. Chairman.  And Administrator Pekoske, thank you for joining us today. 

This committee has been busy with the FAA reauthorization bill, to which we hope to attach TSA-related legislation that we discussed last year.  The clock is ticking, but the chairman and I hope we can get these things done soon.  

Both the FAA and TSA bills are examples of the Commerce Committee’s long tradition of bipartisan collaboration.

As you know, the TSA Modernization Act this committee passed last October focused on improving security at airports by authorizing an increase in the Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement program, expanding the use of explosive detection canine teams and expediting the deployment of security screening equipment.  

We hope that this bill will help the TSA grow its PreCheck program, which has been successful but continues to struggle with enrollment.  I look forward to updates you can provide on any of these issues.

I also hope that we can shine some light on the TSA’s “Quiet Skies” program, which has been in the news recently. Along with Senator McCaskill, I sent you a letter last week asking for clarification about this program.  It’s important for us to know the program’s details and to be able to share them with the flying public. 

Finally, I believe it is imperative that we have a discussion on the ways that the TSA is responding to the emerging threat of 3D-printed guns—undetectable and untraceable firearms.  

As we have discussed over the phone, I am concerned about the danger that these weapons pose to our safety wherever we use metal detectors and other similar devices to keep Americans safe—including in airports and on airplanes.  I would like to hear how the TSA is addressing this threat.

Again, thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

<p>Good morning.&nbsp; Thank you all

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 9:40am

Good morning.  Thank you all for being here.  Before we turn to our hearing with TSA Administrator Pekoske, we will hold a quick executive session considering four legislative items and four nominations. 

As is typical for a Commerce Committee markup, today’s agenda covers a wide range of our jurisdiction. 

Legislatively we will be considering Senator Sullivan’s bill designed to respect the rights of Native Alaskans to make and sell their handicrafts, as well as bills to improve fishing practices in the Pacific and to streamline the reports the Department of Transportation is required to produce so the department can focus its resources on the most important issues. 

We will also consider a measure Senator Heller has introduced in the Senate, which  has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 420 to one, designed to encourage veterans to study and pursue STEM careers. 

On the nominations side we will consider those seeking to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Deputy Administrator of NASA, an assistant Secretary for Transportation, and another Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

All of the nominees are qualified for their positions and it would be my hope that, once we act today, the full Senate can move quickly to confirm them.  

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

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