Transportation

McCarthy Intervenes for Bus Company Targeted by Spending Bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intervened in House-Senate spending bill negotiations to exclude a bus manufacturer in his district from a proposed funding restriction, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Fine Print Lets Drone Makers Swallow Up Sensitive Data: FAA, DHS

Drone manufacturers may be scooping up sensitive videos of crime scenes, electric grids, and other critical infrastructure under terms of service that give them access to the data, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Aviation Administration officials say.

Amazon, FedEx Could Gain from Trump Threat to Leave Postal Union

U.S. e-commerce companies including Amazon.com Inc. and shippers like FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. stand to gain from the Trump administration’s move Wednesday to withdraw from an international postal agreement. The White House said the U.S. will pull out of the agreement unless the governing body that regulates foreign mail acts quickly to end the highly subsidized rates that allow e-commerce businesses in countries like China to undercut American competitors.

Senate’s Self-driving Car Champions Make a Push for Agreement

The bipartisan co-sponsors of the Senate’s self-driving car bill are trying to create a renewed sense of urgency with a month’s end deadline for a deal that has thus far been elusive.

Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) want to get new AV START (S. 1885) language agreed to by early next week, quickly check that language among members, and hold a vote on the Senate floor before the chamber leaves at the end of October, several lobbyists and interest groups familiar with the negotiations tell Bloomberg Government.

Compromise Bill Would Extend Federal Aviation Programs to 2023

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on legislative language to reauthorize federal aviation programs for five years, setting the stage for votes next week.

The announcement came from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and ranking member Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and ranking member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

Compromise Aviation Legislative Language Possible Friday

The House and Senate transportation committees are aiming for a Friday release of legislative language on a compromise aviation bill, according to three congressional aides with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations.

Self-Driving Cars Won’t Ride on Aviation Bill, Thune Says

The Senate’s self-driving car bill (S. 1885) will have to find another vehicle to the floor now that Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is no longer seeking to attach it to an aviation bill, he told Bloomberg Government.

Local Transit Projects Hobbled as Trump Agencies Mum on Funds

Los Angeles, host of the 2028 Summer Olympics, has an ambitious plan to move fans through traffic to the far-flung athletic sites: extend the city’s metro line with some help from the federal government.

TSA PreCheck Set for Stricter Policing Under House-Approved Bill

A bill designed to speed more Americans through airport security lines while cracking down on the oversight of those fast lanes passed the House Sept. 4.

The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6265, passed the House on a voice vote. Under the legislation, only passengers who have passed background checks and paid fees to be part of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program or another trusted traveler program would be eligible to use expedited airport security screening lines.

Aviation Compromise Could Ride Stopgap Funding, GOP’s Thune Says

Bicameral, bipartisan staff meetings that began Monday to negotiate a compromise aviation bill could lay the groundwork for a bill to ride along with an appropriations agreement into law, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told Bloomberg Government.