The Senate confirmed Michael Anderson Lawson to be U.S. Representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization nearly a week after a jetliner was downed in eastern Ukraine.
Transportation and Infrastructure
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposed Congress fund the Highway Trust Fund by lowering corporate tax rates.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for the passage of a bipartisan highway bill and more federal investment in infrastructure projects.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced plans to introduce a second Pilot’s Bill of Rights.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced an amendment on reinstating truck driving fatigue rules to the Transportation spending bill being considered by the Senate.
“It is paramount that Congress do more to improve transportation safety,” Booker said on the Senate floor Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that if the Senate passes the “minibus” spending bill, he would take that as a positive sign that lawmakers can work on the surface and transportation bill next month.
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) released a scathing report Monday, which found that the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Denver office has some of the longest application wait times in the country.
Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would remove the cap on civil fines that the Department of Transportation (DOT) can levy on automakers for safety violations.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced S. 2398, the Automaker Accountability Act, on Thursday. Their bill is in response to General Motors’ (GM) failure to disclose an ignition switch safety defect.
The measure, which passed 91-7, aims to boost U.S. ports and waterways.
Rep. Steve Stockman's bill is a response to the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet.