U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene an executive session on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building G50 to consider the following legislative measures.
- S. 737, Building Blocks of STEM Act, Sponsors: Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
- S. 1228, Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act or PIRATE Act, Sponsors: Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
- S. 1289, A bill to require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of the effects of broadband deployment and adoption on the economy of the United States, and for other purposes or Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act, Sponsors: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
- S. 1294, Broadband Interagency Coordination Act, Sponsors: Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
- S. 1439, Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Sponsors: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
*Agenda subject to change
Executive Session Details:
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Full Committee Markup
Dirksen Senate Office Building G50
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov.
Ranking Member Maria Cantwell
Thank you Mr. Chairman. And I too would like to thank your staff and you for working on today’s markup agenda, and particularly the Maritime Administration Authorization Enhancement Act. This bill represents a first in many bipartisan actions I think that this committee will be undertaking to help the U.S. maritime industry.
The maritime industry is a cornerstone of our economy in the Pacific Northwest, but it also supports 650,000 jobs nationwide. It’s an important aspect of direct and indirect jobs to our economy and, as you mentioned, costal states, it’s vital. But it also helps the heartland, which relies on a thriving maritime industry to transport their goods all across the world in a timely fashion.
So by codifying improvements to these programs, I hope that we will address the shortage in maritime workers and making the transition for our service members to attain their maritime credentials. The bill expands investments in the maritime security program, which supports American ships that service both commercial and military routs. The bill represents a significant investment in our ports, expanding the port operations, research, and technology grant program, and these critical investments help us improve the competitiveness of our future opportunities as we continue to move more products around the globe.
The grant program will address environmental needs at ports, one of the top priorities that I hear about, and also help balance out our maritime economy with our fisheries economy and continue to keep both of them strong.
So, I hope that the – last piece I wanted to mention is the Small Shipyard Grant Program that was worked on by many of our colleagues. This is important to helping our small shipyards continue to grow in the future. So, look forward to continuing to work with you on these important issues and the rest of today’s committee items.