The Federal Aviation Administration performs the essential work of keeping airplanes from crashing into each other in the sky; in this episode, we take a look at the new law that temporarily funds the FAA and makes some important changes to aviation law. We also travel back in time to the week after 9/11 to examine the origin of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and we examine some ideas that the current leaders of Congress have for the future of air travel in the United States and beyond.
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tried to attach an amendment to the Department of Defense funding bill for 2014 which would have limited the government’s authority to collect our telephone records. The amendment failed but not by much; the episode highlights the debate. Continue reading
H.R. 624: The “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act”, better known as CISPA, passed the House of Representatives and is now moving into the Senate. It’s a better bill than it was in the last Congress, but it’s still not ready to become law. Continue reading
No one really tried to avert the sequester, the House of Representatives travels in style, and something good actually happened this week in Congress. Continue reading
On Tuesday, January 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 307, a bill that prepares for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. It passed overwhelmingly with only the Tea Party crowd voting ‘No’. Overall, the bill cuts funding in certain areas, orders special disaster preparedness plans be created to account for children and “at-risk individuals” (it’s not clear who “at-risk individuals” are), and allows unapproved, unlicensed medical products to be sold in case of an emergency. Oh yeah, it also loosens the definition of “emergency”. The bill now moves into the Senate.