Press Releases 11/16/2022
Artemis Blasts Off Toward the Moon – With Contributions from 42 WA Companies and Funding Spearheaded by Cantwell
Today, NASA’s Artemis I mission successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center. This is the first uncrewed test flight of the Artemis program, which is designed to return humans on the Moon and prepare for human exploration of Mars. It is also the first flight of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, led by Boeing, and the second spaceflight of the Orion crew capsule, led by Lockheed Martin.
Press Releases 11/15/2022
Cantwell Wants Children’s Online Privacy Bills Passed During Lame Duck
Today, Commerce Committee spokesperson Tricia Enright provided the following statement regarding Chair Cantwell’s full support for efforts to pass Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA 2.0) and the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) during the lame duck session.
Press Releases 11/8/2022
Cantwell: With New Federal Funding, Community Colleges Can Be “Backbone” of STEM Education
On Friday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, visited Yakima Valley College (YVC) for a roundtable discussion about STEM education opportunities. Sen. Cantwell and YVC faculty and students discussed the hands-on STEM education opportunities available at YVC, as well as new federal funding for programs aimed at Hispanic and first-generation college students unlocked by the recently-passed CHIPS & Science Act. The roundtable was followed by a tour of YVC’s STEM education facilities, including an on-campus lab where students are growing bacteria as part as an ongoing study into antibiotics.
Press Releases 10/28/2022
5 Washington state Ports to Receive $71.4 Million to Boost to Maritime Economy, Cantwell Announces
Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that a total of $71,488,445 in federal grants have been awarded to five critical ports in Washington state, including: Port of Grays Harbor, Northwest Seaport Alliance Port of Seattle, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Port of Olympia and the Port of Port Angeles. The grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).
Press Releases 10/27/2022
On CPSC 50th Anniversary, Cantwell Highlights Action to Protect Children From Residential Elevator Hazards
Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, recognized the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the decades of work to protect American consumers from dangerous and deadly products, including this year’s long overdue actions to protect children from hazardous residential elevators.
Press Releases 10/7/2022
Cantwell, Grassley Urge FTC to Complete Investigation Into PBM Practices Driving Up Rx Drug Costs
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, continued their efforts to increase transparency in the prescription drug pricing market, leading a bipartisan letter to Chairwoman Lina Khan to underscore the urgency for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to complete its Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) investigation and report its findings to Congress.
Press Releases 10/5/2022
ICYMI: Cantwell on Culture of Abuse in Women’s Soccer
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, posted the following statement calling on the U.S. Soccer Federation and National Women’s Soccer League to immediately implement recommendations outlined in the recent investigation report by former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates which found systemic emotional and verbal abuse and sexual harassment in the league.
Press Releases 10/4/2022
Cantwell Applauds New Flight Attendant Safety Rest Requirement
Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rule that gives airline flight attendants 10 hours of consecutive rest time between shifts, guaranteeing flight attendants now have the same rest time as pilots.
Press Releases 09/29/2022
Cantwell Says CHIPS and Science Act Key to Advancing U.S. Computing Technologies & Building the Workforce to Drive it
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, underscored the need to fully fund the CHIPS and Science Act STEM education programs and build a competitive, highly-skilled workforce – the workforce needed for American leadership in key areas like artificial intelligence, quantum science, distributed ledger technologies and the semiconductors that power the computer industry.
Press Releases 09/28/2022
Successful Electric Airplane Test Could Mean More Flights to Regional Airports, Cantwell Says
Today, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) addressed aviation industry leaders testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation. Cantwell, who serves as the committee chair, highlighted the need to invest in electric aircraft and alternative sustainable fuel sources in order to make commuter air travel cleaner, more affordable and more accessible for communities across Washington state and the nation.