American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will testify at a House hearing Tuesday on air traffic control reform (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
This week’s Senate action will feature the vote-a-rama, a series of dozens of votes on various policy proposals offered as amendments to the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution.
At least one transportation infrastructure amendment will be offered by Senate Democrats. But other transportation-related amendments may pop up as well, since the vote-a-rama is a kind of long-form improvised political theater.
Meanwhile on Tuesday the House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine options reforming the FAA’s air traffic control system, including possible creation of a private entity to run the system.
Witnesses include American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Reason Foundation transportation policy director Robert Poole.
Also on Tuesday the Aviation Operations, Safety and Security Subcommittee of Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will have a hearing on unmanned aerial vehicles featuring Amazon’s vice president for global public policy Paul Misener and Michigan farmer Jeff VanderWerff who will be representing the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Last week the FAA gave an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. drone design that the company will use for research and development and crew training as it works its way toward drone delivery of packages.
On Wednesday the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security will look at how the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA PreCheck system is working.
Witnesses include the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth. The subcommittee chairman is first-term Rep. John Katko, a Republican holding what had been a Democratic seat in upstate New York and one of the Democrats’ top targets for 2016.