Senate Commerce Approves Eight Bills

June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved eight bills and various promotions within the U.S. Coast Guard.

The committee approved the following agenda items:

1.    S. 1626, Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act, Sponsors: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
                a.    Passed with Blumenthal amendment 4
                b.    Passed with Daines amendment 1
                c.    Passed with Klobuchar amendment 1
                d.    Passed with Peters amendment 1
                e.    Passed with Thune amendment 1, Blumenthal second-degree amendment 1, Manchin second-degree amendment 2

2.    S. 1611, Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, Sponsors: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)
                a.    Passed with Blumenthal-Markey amendment 3
                b.    Passed with Cantwell-Sullivan amendments: 1, 2
                c.    Passed with Cantwell amendment 3
                d.    Passed with Peters-Johnson amendment 2
                e.    Passed with Sullivan amendment 1
                f.     Passed with Sullivan-Rubio amendment 1
                g.    Passed with Thune amendment 1

3.    S. 1573, National Weather Service Improvement Act, Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
                a.    Passed with Thune/Schatz substitute amendment

4.    S. 1298, A bill to provide nationally consistent measures of performance of the Nation’s ports, Sponsors: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
                a.     Passed with Thune substitute amendment
                b.     Passed with Wicker amendment 1
                c.     Manchin amendment 1 not agreed to, 11-13 roll call vote

5.    S. 1403, Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, Sponsor: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
                a.    Passed with Rubio-Nelson manager’s amendment

6.    S. 1551, DOTCOM Act, Sponsors: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)

                a.    Passed with Thune-Schatz amendment 1
                b.    Cruz amendment not agreed to, 5-19 roll call vote

7.    S. 1182, A bill to exempt application of JSA attribution rule in case of existing agreements, Sponsors: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), passed by a 14-10 roll call vote                                           

8.     S. 1250, The Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015, Sponsors: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
                a.    Passed with Klobuchar substitute amendment

9.    Various Nominations for Promotion in the United States Coast Guard (PN 362 & PN 522)

All bills and amendments were adopted by voice vote unless otherwise noted.