Press Releases 01/11/2024
Cantwell Gives FAA 2 Weeks to Provide Answers on its Boeing Production Line Oversight
Following the recent Alaska Airlines flight 1282 incident, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today wrote to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Whitaker requesting documents and information related to FAA’s safety oversight of Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems to ensure manufacturers cannot avoid audit accountability and are complying with FAA quality control regulations.
Press Releases 01/11/2024
Cantwell Statement on FAA’s Investigation into Boeing 737 MAX 9
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement it is launching an investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX 9, following the recent Alaska Airlines flight 1282 incident:
Press Releases 01/5/2024
Cantwell Joins Effort to Ensure U.S. Leadership in AI Innovation
On Friday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science Transportation, joined a letter led by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of initial funding of $10 million to establish the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute (USAISI) in the Fiscal Year 2024 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill or any other relevant funding opportunities. The letter was also signed by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.).
Press Releases 12/22/2023
Cantwell Commends Executive Order Curbing Imports of Russian Seafood to Protect WA Markets and Fishermen
Today, President Biden issued an Executive Order to strengthen U.S. sanctions on Russian financial institutions and import bans on certain Russian goods, including Russian seafood. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, released the following statement applauding the Executive Order:
Press Releases 12/20/2023
Cantwell Announces Historic Funding to Spur Next Era of Timber & Maritime Industries on WA North Olympic Peninsula
Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, announced $1 million in new federal funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for two economic development initiatives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. The funding is being awarded through the Recompete Pilot Program, which aims to alleviate persistent economic distress and support long-term, comprehensive economic development and job creation.
Press Releases 12/19/2023
Cantwell, Cruz Bills to Modernize Nation’s Weather Radio, Deliver Real-Time Emergency Alerts Passes Senate
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio Modernization Act and the National Weather Service Communications Improvement Act, bipartisan bills aimed at modernizing the nation’s weather communication and radio service as the country faces increasing weather disasters. The bills were introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Committee, and Ranking Member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in May 2023 and passed the Commerce Committee the same month. The bills now head to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Press Releases 12/18/2023
Cantwell Announces Long-Sought Win for WA: I-5 Bridge Replacement Project Wins $600M Grant
On Friday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that the Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) Program – the organization tasked with replacing the I-5 Bridge connecting Portland, Ore., and Southwest Washington – will receive $600 million in federal funds from a Department of Transportation (DOT) grant program authored by Sen. Cantwell.
Press Releases 12/14/2023
Cantwell-Led Legislation to Reauthorize the Maritime Administration Heads to the President’s Desk
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, successfully negotiated the inclusion of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) reauthorization legislation as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The $1.35 billion package will expand investment opportunities to modernize ports, maritime infrastructure and shipbuilding and expand workforce education and training. After passing the Senate and House this week, the legislation now heads to the president’s desk.
Press Releases 12/13/2023
Cantwell Focuses on Advancing Technology to Ensure Safety in Commercial Space at Subcommittee Hearing
During today's space subcommittee hearing, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, asked witnesses about the technical challenges faced by the federal government in overseeing safety and advancing innovation in outer space activities by private industry. The Committee heard testimony from Pam Melroy, NASA Deputy Administrator; Kelvin Coleman, FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation; Richard Dalbello, NOAA Director of Office of Space Commerce and John Hill, DOD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space and Missile Defense.