The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 10:30 am in Dirksen Senate Office Building G50 to consider the following agenda:
- Rules Governing the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Budget Resolution for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Executive Session Details:
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Executive Session #3 - Organizing Meeting for 117th Congress
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov.
*In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the markup. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this markup via the live stream.
Ranking Member Roger Wicker
Before we begin officially, I want to congratulate my friend, Senator Maria Cantwell, on assuming the Chair of the Commerce Committee.
Last month, we witnessed one transfer of power as President Biden was sworn in.
Today, we mark a similar transfer from this side of the dais to the other.
Given this Committee’s record of bipartisan accomplishments, I believe the Commerce Committee is the best prepared committee to carry on the nation’s business in a 50-50 Senate. Because of our consistent bipartisan spirit and practice, we were able to report out 117 bills, pass 67 of them on the Senate floor, and enact more than 50 new public laws during the last Congress.
Some of our more noteworthy successes included strengthening aviation safety, reporting the U.S. Coast Guard, ensuring efficient spectrum use, and enhancing our cybersecurity workforce.
And that bipartisanship is evident already in the new Congress. I would like to thank my friend Senator Cantwell for agreeing to allow for equal allocation of hearing witnesses between the majority and minority—not counting government witnesses—as was the practice of this committee 20 years ago during the last evenly split senate.
I think we will set a great example for our colleagues in other committees. I look forward to working together with Chairwoman Cantwell – the first woman ever to chair this committee – and to get to work addressing the pressing issues under our jurisdiction.
With that, Madam Chair …….. I hereby pass the gavel to you with my best wishes and congratulations.