Washington, DC -- Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Jerry Costello (D-IL) John Duncan (R-TN) and Thomas Petri (WI-06), all senior members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Oberstar, introduced legislation today that will ban the use of cell phones on in-flight planes.
Washington, DC -- Mr. Speaker, oil prices have reached $112, $113 a barrel, an all-time high. Gas prices have reached an average of $3.50 a gallon and in some places even higher, and the only people who seem to be happy about this are Sierra Club and some of these other environmental groups.
Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) announced today that McGhee Tyson Airport will be receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to construct an emergency response facility on the airport’s property.
Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. and Senator Lamar Alexander will welcome Congressman Roy Blunt, the House Republican Whip, on Friday, April 4, 2008, at 3:30pm in the Conference Room at the National Safe Skies Alliance. Congressman Blunt is in Knoxville to speak at the annual Knox County Lincoln Day Dinner.
Washington, DC -- Madam Speaker, the front page of the Washington Post today carries a story about $295 billion in cost overruns at the Pentagon; $295 billion. That is a mind-boggling, almost incomprehensible figure to anyone who stops to think about it. The headline reads, ``GAO Blasts Weapons Budget.''
Washington, DC -- Mr. Speaker, first I want to commend David Walker for his years of service as U.S. Comptroller General, heading up the Government Accountability Office.
Mr. Walker is a highly respected CPA from Atlanta and for the last few years has been trying to be a Paul Revere about the horrible financial condition of the Federal Government.
Washington, DC -- Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) joined his colleagues today in expressing disappointment that the Senate has failed to confirm Robert Sturgell as the head of the Federal Aviation Administration. Sturgell is currently the Acting Administrator.
CQ Today Midday Update
As the House prepares to take up another short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding authority, lawmakers are fretting about President Bush’s proposed budget for the agency.
by Madhu Unnikrishnan - Avaition Week
Congressional leaders earlier this week grilled FAA executives about the sources of the $688 million slated for NextGen in the President’s FY2009 FAA budget request, questioning where the funding is coming from when the overall request is significantly lower than the enacted FY2008 budget.
by Katherine Boyle - Environment & Energy Daily
Proposed cuts to U.S. EPA water programs reflect the Bush administration's continuing failure to recognize the programs' economic benefits, members of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment said yesterday.