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Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Senator Slams FAA’s ‘Deliberate’ Attempt to Stymie 737 Max Probe

The nose of a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner sits during production at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., in 2017. The nose of a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner sits during production at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., in 2017. (David Ryder/Bloomberg News)

A Senate committee chairman sharply criticized the Federal Aviation Administration on June 17 for what he alleged were repeated failures to respond to a committee’s investigation into two crashes of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max.

Alan Levin and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2020
Government, Business

Senate Approves $484 Billion in Additional Coronavirus Aid

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill April 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill April 9. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

The Senate approved a new $484 billion pandemic relief plan with funds for a tapped-out small business aid program, and aid for coronavirus testing and overwhelmed hospitals. A House vote is expected as soon as April 23.

April 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Nominees Await Action in Senate

Fulton Finch Fulton testifies at his nomination hearing. (Senate Commerce Committee)

The consideration of senior transportation nominees is among the pending matters before a Republican-led Senate scheduled to resume its legislative agenda April 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government

Senate Confirms Katherine Lemos to Head Chemical Safety Board

The Senate on March 23 confirmed Katherine Lemos to become chairwoman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 27, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Pushes $1.2 Trillion Stimulus, $1,000 Checks in Two Weeks

President Trump listens during a meeting with tourism industry executives at the White House on March 17. President Trump listens during a meeting with tourism industry executives at the White House on March 17. (Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration is discussing a plan that could amount to as much as $1.2 trillion in spending — including direct payments of $1,000 or more to Americans within two weeks — to blunt some of the economic impact of the widening coronavirus outbreak.

March 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Senate Confirms Former Delta Executive Stephen Dickson as FAA Administrator

Stephen Dickson Newly confirmed FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

A former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive was confirmed July 24 by the Senate to lead the Federal Aviation Administration after overcoming opposition from Democrats who claim that he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta.

David Koenig | Associated Press
July 24, 2019
Government, Safety

Senators Aim to Produce Five-Year Highway Bill Before August Recess

Sen. John Barrasso, D-Wyo. “It is our shared goal to advance a bill out of committee this summer. Our roads and bridges are in need of a serious investment," Sen. John Barrasso. D-Wyo., told senior transportation officials. (C-SPAN)

WASHINGTON — The first version of what could become the country’s next major highway policy bill will be unveiled in the Senate prior to Congress’ recess in August, surface transportation policymakers announced July 10.

July 10, 2019
Government, Safety

Pair of Senators Introduce Speed-Limiter Legislation for Heavy Trucks

Speed limit 65 mph sign The bill, introduced June 27, would require all new commercial trucks weighing 26,001 pounds or more to have devices that would limit their speed to 65 miles per hour. (EuToch/Getty Images)

A bipartisan bill that aims to require speed limiters on heavy trucks has been introduced in the Senate, the latest attempt by lawmakers to revive an issue that for years has been circulating on Capitol Hill.

Lianna Norman | Special to Transport Topics
July 2, 2019
Government, Business

In Week 5 of Shutdown, Votes Set Up Political Test for Senate

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell McConnell is the next key player in the D.C. shutdown drama, as votes are scheduled in the Senate on Jan. 24. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
January 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Nominations on Senate’s Docket for Lame-Duck Session, Mitch McConnell Says

Nominations McConnell (Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press)

Consideration of nominees for top level roles in the Trump administration is among the priorities for the U.S. Senate during its brief post-election session, the chamber’s leader said Nov. 27.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 28, 2018

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