Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Committee Hearings Week of 9-25-22

This week with both the House and Senate in session (and the FY spending deadline approaching quickly), there is a relatively light hearing schedule, particularly on the House side of the Hill. We do have a markup hearing of interest, and a hearings on UAS integration.

Homeland Security Markup

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a business meeting today. It will include nine nomination votes, 22 pieces of legislation and four facility naming bills. Of particular interest here:

S ___, Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act of 2022,

S 4913, Securing Open Source Software Act of 2022,

S 4882, Fire Grants and Safety Act,

S ___, Protecting the Border from Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act,

HR 7777, Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Training Act,

HR 6824, President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition Act, and

HR 6873, Bombing Prevention Act of 2022

UAS Integration

The Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will be holding a hearing on “FAA Reauthorization: Integrating New Entrants into the National Airspace System”. The witness list includes:

• Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance,

• Gregory Davis, Eviation,

• Stephen P. “Lux” Luxion, FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ASSURE),

• St├ęphane Fymat, Honeywell Aerospace, and

• Edward M. Bolen, National Business Aviation Association

Counter drone operations may come up in the discussion.

On the Floor

The 900-lb gorilla this week is the spending bill, or rather a continuing resolution that ‘must’ pass by midnight on Friday. A weekend final vote is not beyond possible.

The House is scheduled to take up 32 bills in this short week under the suspension of the rules process. With spending bill pending, we can expect Republican bomb throwers to demand votes on many if not most of these bills, just to gum up the process. Bills of potential interest here include:

S 4900 – SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022,

• HR 8956 – FedRAMP,

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