A lack of federal staff is creating long waits for passengers, say lawmakers.
Transportation and Infrastructure
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into General Motors (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) failure to report a major defect in cars.
“Repeated failure to detect and stop this potentially lethal defect shows that federal safety watchdogs need a wake up,” Blumenthal said Sunday. “An investigation is clearly warranted to establish why the safety watchdogs failed to act.”
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said President Obama's latest directive to increase fuel efficiency standards of trucks shows he must think he's an automaker.
Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced a bill Thursday that would require federally funded road projects to be “complete streets,” meaning states would have to consider adding sidewalks and bike lanes.
“Too many people are killed or injured each year because our streets are simply not designed and built with the safety of everyone — including pedestrians and bicyclists — in mind,” Schatz said. “Our communities deserve safer streets.”
Two House Democrats have introduced a bill that would force the U.S. Postal Service to improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet of postal vehicles.
"The Postal Service is crippled by an inefficient, outdated fleet, and the vast majority of these vehicles are reaching the end of their operational lives," said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), the lead sponsor of the bill. "Our nation's largest civilian fleet should serve as a global leader in efficiency and innovation."
Two trains collided in North Dakota on Monday; one of them was carrying crude oil, and exploded in a ball of fire.
The goal is to ensure that children taught to dial 911 to get help are not hindered by hotel phones that require another number to be dialed first.
The bill would save federal workers from a tax hit next year.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would give commercial space launchers more time to get licenses from the Department of Transportation and obtain insurance assistance.
The bill extends the current liability scheme for commercial space launch companies, which many see as a needed step to keep these companies competitive.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) warned on Wednesday that higher taxes on air travel included in the budget agreement would unfairly hurt her constituents more than others and called on members to carefully assess the proposal.