Senate Commerce Committee

Government, Safety

Senate Commerce Panel OKs $78 Billion Highway Safety Bill

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) chairs a Senate Commerce Committee hearing June 16. (

Legislation that would dedicate $78 billion over five years for freight, trucking and rail safety programs was advanced by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee June 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 16, 2021

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Airline Safety Bill

Sen. Roger Wicker at a hearing in May 2020. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News) Sen. Roger Wicker speaks at a hearing in May. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

Legislation designed to advance safety improvements across the aviation industry was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee Nov. 18.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Panel Seeks Input From Passenger Transportation Sector

Amtrak train traveling over Portal Bridge in N.J. An Amtrak train passes over the Portal Bridge in New Jersey. (Amtrak)

Stakeholders representing the passenger transportation sector were asked by the Senate Commerce Committee to share concerns about the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 5, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Senate Bill to Allow Interstate Truckers Under 21 Touted at Hearing

Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said lowering the interstate driving age requirement could help the industry tackle its shortage of truck drivers. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — A bill that would pave the way for commercial drivers younger than 21 to drive trucks across state lines received a resounding endorsement from an organization that represents freight industry interests nationwide during a Feb. 4 Senate hearing.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Senate Committee to Review PTC Implementation Status July 31

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao listens during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on July 16, 2019, in Washington. Earlier this year, Chao said positive train control can save lives and protect property. (Associated Press/Alex Brandon)

The Senate Commerce Committee on July 31 will hear from freight rail industry stakeholders about the status of automatic braking technology.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 26, 2019

Senate Committee to Consider NTSB, Amtrak Nominees July 24

Jennifer Homendy Jennifer Homendy by Subcommittee on Highways and Transit via YouTube

The Senate Commerce Committee on July 24 will meet for a hearing with several of President Donald Trump’s nominees for senior transportation positions.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 19, 2019
Government, Business

Senate Panel to Consider STB Nominee Michelle Schultz July 10

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled the consideration of Michelle Schultz to be a member of the Surface Transportation Board for July 10.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez to Address Senators June 19

Ray Martinez, the country’s top trucking regulator, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee on June 19.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 13, 2019
Government, Business

Senators Advance Nominee for Top Job at FMCSA

FMCSA nominee Ray Martinez Nominee to lead FMCSA, Ray Martinez. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A Senate panel easily advanced the nomination of Ray Martinez on Nov. 8 to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 8, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 11: That Truck Is Driving Itself

Aether Films

Super smart robot trucks capable of communicating with other robot trucks while they haul freight along highways, without a driver, is no longer science fiction.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 11, 2017