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  • House Transportation committee chairman Bud Shuster, R- Pa., said last summer when he announced his idea that the U.S. is lagging behind other nations in the transition from a radar-based system to one based on satellites. The Federal Aviation Administration, which operates the present system, has been working on its "NextGen" modernization program for more than a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 4- When an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Philadelphia in May, killing eight people and injuring scores more, the railroad industry's campaign to delay a Dec. 31 deadline to install technology to prevent such disasters appeared to be finished. Last week, under pressure from companies including Buffett's BNSF Railway Co, which has spent more...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. regulators will decide next month whether to take the unprecedented step of coordinating the Takata air bag inflator recall, saying the task of replacing nearly 24 million potentially deadly devices could be too massive to succeed without intervention. The recall has focused on front air bags so far, but could be expanded to Takata Corp...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- U.S. lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement new safety technology, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said that talks between the two chambers have...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- U.S. lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement new safety technology, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said that talks between the two chambers have...

  • The NDAA was passed by the Senate on Oct. 7 and the House on Oct. 1. If Obama vetoes the measure, Republicans are not expected to muster the two-thirds majority that would be needed in both the Senate and House of Representatives for an override. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, said the veto would be sustained in the House, which would hold its vote before the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 6- Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters. The letter, addressed to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 6- Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters. The letter, addressed to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota...

  • The bill, introduced by lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, could avert a threatened service suspension by major railroads that cannot meet the current Dec. 31 deadline, which Congress imposed in 2008, for implementing positive train control technology. The proposed legislation would extend this year's deadline to Dec. 31,...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. lawmakers on Thursday warned that Congress must act well before year-end to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to adopt new safety measures, to avoid major disruptions to freight and passenger service, but some said they are uncertain about how to act. "We cannot wait until the last minute to act," Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Congress must act soon to extend a Dec. 31 rail safety deadline or risk major disruptions to the U.S. economy, the Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said on Thursday. "We cannot wait until the last minute to act. I believe, absent congressional action, we will begin to see the effects of the deadline four to six weeks prior to the...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 8- U.S. railroads may not be obligated under federal law to carry freight including crude oil and hazardous materials from Jan. 1 if they fail to meet a year-end deadline for implementing new train safety technology, according to a top federal regulator. In a Sept. 3 letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Surface Transportation Board...

  • Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

  • What 'American Sniper' says about 2016 election Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:39 AM ET
    Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"

    Hey, 2016 presidential candidates — Are you paying attention to what "American Sniper" is telling you?

  • Wait! Don't raise gas taxes just yet Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:55 PM ET
    A customer puts gas into a vehicle at the U-gas station in Miami.

    Gas prices may be at their lowest in five years but wait just a second before you go raising gas taxes, says Jake Novak.

  • Is the minimum wage fair? Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Protestors in favor of increasing the minimum wage, March 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

    The federal minimum wage has been below what it should be to keep a family afloat. Should it be raised and how much?

  • Sen. Thune: Union waiver sticks Americans with the bill

    Sen. John Thune, (R-SD), discusses the latest Obamacare change that says many union health plans will be exempt from Obamacare's reinsurance fee, forcing everyone else to pay extra to cover unions.

  • Sioux Falls braces for crowds at McGovern services Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's largest city is welcoming political figures, family and friends in town to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, a legend in state's political history who died Sunday at age 90..