Chairman Rockefeller Announces Legislative Agenda for 2011

January 20, 2011

Chairman RockefellerWASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced his priorities and goals for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the 112th Congress:

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle issues that are critical to America’s future,” Rockefeller said. “In the new Congress, I will continue my fight to bring modern day protections for consumers and accountability to fraudsters, promote high-tech job creation and competitiveness, and keep Americans safe, secure, and on the move. I intend to not only complete a number of top priorities that I began in the 111th Congress, but also take on a number of new challenges Americans are facing every day.”

Key Priorities for the U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the 112th Congress Include:


  • Building out America’s manufacturing sector and promoting exports
  • Bolstering our infrastructure through:

o Improving transportation in the highway, rail, pipeline, and maritime sectors;

o Making necessary investments in our nation’s aviation infrastructure and air service development; and

o Broadband deployment and Universal Service Fund reform

  • Alleviating the financial pinch felt by railroad shippers nationwide
  • Strengthening our commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education through the America COMPETES Act
  • Implementing the NASA Authorization Act of 2010
  • Protecting coastal economies, jobs, and our nation’s valuable energy resources through continued oversight of the Gulf spill recovery efforts and long term restoration 


  • Enacting comprehensive cybersecurity legislation
  • Ensuring the necessary public safety communications resources for our nation’s first responders
  • Reinforcing constructive advancements to Transportation Security Administration screening and improving security in all modes of transportation
  • Improving security of our cargo and general aviation traffic
  • Securing our ports and the transportation of chemicals
  • Increasing the Coast Guard’s response capabilities
  • Keeping Americans safe by improving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s weather forecasting and disaster preparedness
  • Protecting the federal government’s investments in biometrics 


  • Continuing oversight of important federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Surface Transportation Board, and the Federal Communications Commission
  • Protecting consumer information and privacy on the Internet
  • Cracking down on consumer fraud, including online billing scams
  • Furthering efforts to make our nation’s highways safer and eliminate distracted driving
  • Increasing motor vehicle and truck safety by passing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Reauthorizations
  • Granting victims injured or killed offshore—such as the victims and families of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy—parity with those injured or killed onshore
  • Boosting the accuracy and effectiveness of forensic science by employing the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Science Foundation scientific and standards expertise