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Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Atmospheric Science Research and Forecasting Innovation

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., chairman of the Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, will convene a hearing titled, “Atmospheric Science Research and Forecasting Innovation,” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The hearing will examine the current state of atmospheric and forecast research. Witnesses will provide insight on how to make atmospheric science research more broadly accessible and available. The panel will also provide feedback on the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 and the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Committee Announces Nomination Hearing for Administrator of Federal Aviation Administration

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a nominations hearing on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to consider the presidential nomination of Stephen Dickson to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. The hearing will immediately follow the executive session in Dirksen Senate Office Building G50.

The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will meet for a hearing titled, “The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The digital ecosystem has unlocked powerful opportunities for small businesses. By embracing digital engagement, Main Street firms are experiencing greater sales both locally and globally. In this hearing, the Committee will discuss ways digital platforms empower small businesses and obstacles to the adoption of digital tools.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Ms. Kellyn Blossom
Head of Public Policy
Thumbtack
San Francisco, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Erika Mozes
Co-Founder and COO
Hyr, Inc.
New York, NY
Testimony

Ms. Olivia Omega Wallace
Co-Founder
Wallace Marketing Group
Aurora, CO
Testimony 

Ms. Julie Carnevale
Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder
Eloquii
Delaware, OH
Testimony 



*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 



 

Committee Announces Markup on May 15

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene an executive session on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building G50 to consider the following legislative measures.

Chairman Wicker Meets with FAA Administrator Nominee Stephen Dickson

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement after meeting this afternoon with President Donald Trump’s nominee for Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Stephen M. Dickson.

Wicker Convenes Hearing on New Entrants in National Airspace

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today convened the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for a hearing titled, “New Entrants in the National Airspace: Policy, Technology, and Security Issues for Congress.” During the hearing, witnesses discussedthe current state of our National Airspace System (NAS), the status of integration efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for new entrants into the NAS, and the policy, technology, and security challenges that remain.

Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Emerging Space Environment

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, will convene a hearing titled, “The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges,” at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The hearing will examine civil-military coordination, cooperation, and related issues within the space domain.

New Entrants in the National Airspace: Policy, Technology, and Security Issues for Congress

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “New Entrants in the National Airspace: Policy, Technology, and Security Issues for Congress,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The hearing will examine the current state of our National Airspace System (NAS), the status of integration efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration for new entrants into the NAS, and the policy, technology, and security challenges that remain.

Fourth Circuit Severs Exemption from TCPA on First Amendment Grounds

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:27am
Robert W. Quinn, Featured Expert Contributor, Communications Regulation Editor’s Note: This is Mr. Quinn‘s first commentary as the WLF Legal Pulse‘s featured expert contributor on communications regulation. Mr. Quinn is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Quinn retired from AT&T after over 30 …

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Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated May 5-11 as its National Small Business Week. To honor all of America’s entrepreneurs, the House Small Business Committee is saluting “Heroes of Small Business,” those leaders who exemplify the determination, hard work, and creativity that showcases the American entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs from across the country will testify on their small business success stories. The Committee will examine the important role these firms play in creating jobs, growing our economy, and investing in our local communities. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Witnesses to come. 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

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Last year’s FAA Reauthorization Act helped pave the way for the new rules recently proposed by the FAA to expand opportunities for drone use. The drone community is also eager for a rulemaking process regarding remote identification of drones or “Remote ID.” The Remote ID rulemaking will be an important milestone because many operational, privacy, and security concerns can be addressed by readily identifying each object in the sky and its operator, and we certainly hope so. Perhaps we will hear an update on the agency’s rulemaking at this hearing.

R&D (research and development) is essential to understanding and mitigating safety risks and to improve the performance of systems and operators. In partnership with the FAA, our research universities are helping to improve air traffic control interoperability, safety, pilot training, and drone traffic management systems. Managed by Mississippi State University, the ASSURE Center of Excellence is comprised of 23 universities tasked with much of this research agenda. I would note that those universities are represented by seven senators on this committee, can you imagine? So, we will hear about that today.

The commercial space launch sector is another growing industry that requires our attention. Once the domain of powerful nation-states, commercial space launch is fast becoming an affordable commercial service, that may soon include space tourism. Rockets must transit the airspace to and from space. General Montieth’s organization is responsible for licensing commercial launch and reentry operations. The companies represented by Mr. Stallmer’s organization are making sure that General Monteith stays busy. So, I hope witnesses will provide their perspectives on how the FAA can support this industry while maintaining a safe and efficient airspace system.

Finally, many companies are developing electrically powered aircraft that can quickly take a few passengers between fixed spots in a crowded city, and I want to be one of the people to avail myself of these “flying taxis” — a promising aspiration for many who wish to avoid today’s congested highways — and who doesn’t? However, many technical and policy questions remain for what is called “urban air mobility.”   

The committee is interested in hearing from witnesses about some of the future possibilities associated with urban air mobility. The skies of the future are sure to look different from those of today. While there should be concerns with the safety, efficiency, and security of new technologies, we need to be prepared to enable innovation and change. 

Wicker Receives FAA Response in Aviation Safety Inspectors Investigation

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has responded to his investigation regarding potential deficiencies in training and certification of agency personnel.

Wicker and Klobuchar Introduce Broadband Interagency Coordination Act

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today introduced the “Broadband Interagency Coordination Act of 2019.” The legislation would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enter into a memorandum of understanding to coordinate the distribution of federal funds for broadband deployment. Such an agreement would reduce overbuilding and ensure funds are targeted to unserved and underserved areas.

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