S.Res.406 - A resolution establishing a Select Committee on Aerospace in the United States.108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 07/15/2004)|
|Committees:||Senate - Rules and Administration|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 07/15/2004 Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8240-8241) (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. Res. 406 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 108th CONGRESS 2d Session S. RES. 406 Establishing a Select Committee on Aerospace in the United States. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES July 15, 2004 Mrs. Murray submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Establishing a Select Committee on Aerospace in the United States. Whereas the aerospace sector of the United States economy generates economic activity equal to 15 percent of the Nation's Gross Domestic Product and supports approximately 11,000,000 American jobs; Whereas the United States aerospace industry directly employs 574,600 people of the United States, the lowest employment level of United States workers since World War II; Whereas employment in the United States aerospace industry is down 57 percent, as more than 750,000 jobs have been lost since 1989; Whereas the United States share of the global aerospace market fell from 72 percent in 1985 to less than 52 percent today; Whereas according to the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, ``Foreign government subsidies directly affect the competitiveness of our companies. Subsidized prime manufacturers as well as suppliers are able to undercut prices offered by their U.S. competitors, and are better able to weather market downturns. Subsidized companies are able to secure cheaper commercial financing since their governments share the risk associated with bringing new products to market. Subsidized production skews the market itself by flooding it with products that are not commercially viable. Governments providing the subsidies also apply political pressure on customers in an effort to facilitate a positive return on the governments' investments. In many cases, these government subsidies stifle competition and often slow the introduction of new technology into the market. European funding has had the most dramatic impact on U.S. competitiveness because European products directly compete with United States products in most sectors . . . if we maintain the status quo, U.S. industry will be left to compete against companies that don't play by the same rules.''; Whereas the aerospace industry is globally competitive with established nations like the United States and the members of the European Union and faces growing competition from numerous nations, including China, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and others; and Whereas numerous public policy issues important to the future of aerospace are now before Congress, including the United States air traffic control system, export controls, the aerospace workforce, homeland security, national security, foreign competition, research and development, mathematics and science education, corporate tax and export promotion, and others: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEE. (a) Establishment.--There is established a temporary Select Committee on Aerospace in the United States (hereinafter referred to as the ``Committee''). (b) Composition of the Committee.-- (1) Voting members.--The Committee shall be composed of 11 Senators, 6 to be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate and 5 to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate. (2) Ex officio members.--Ex officio members of the Committee shall include-- (A) the majority leader of the Senate; (B) the minority leader of the Senate; and (C) the chairman and ranking member of each of the following committees: (i) The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate. (ii) The Committee on Finance of the Senate. (iii) The Committee on Armed Services of the Senate. (iv) The Committee on Appropriations of the Senate. (3) Limitations on ex officio members.--An ex officio member-- (A) shall not be counted for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of a quorum of the Committee; and (B) shall be a nonvoting member of the Committee. (c) Organization of Committee.-- (1) Chairperson.--The majority leader of the Senate shall select the chairperson of the Committee from the members of the Committee. (2) Ranking member.--The minority leader of the Senate shall designate a ranking member from the members of the Committee. (3) Vacancies.--A vacancy on the Committee shall not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the functions of the Committee, and shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. (d) Commencement of Study.--The Committee shall commence its study of the aerospace industry under section 2 on January 3, 2005, or upon the date of appointment of the members of the Committee under subsection (b)(1). (e) Termination.--The Committee shall cease to exist on December 31, 2006. SEC. 2. OPERATION OF THE COMMITTEE. (a) In General.--The Committee shall-- (1) make a full and complete study of the United States aerospace industry, including its present and future competitiveness and its importance to the United States and to the global economy; and (2) recommend legislative, administrative, and regulatory remedies, as approved by a majority of the committee members. (b) Focus of Study.--The study shall include an examination of-- (1) the role of the Federal Government in the aerospace industry; (2) the importance of the aerospace industry to the United States economy; (3) global competition and its impact on the aerospace industry of the United States; (4) technological challenges before the aerospace industry in commercial aircraft and aviation, national security, and space exploration; and (5) workforce development issues in the aerospace industry. SEC. 3. AUTHORITY AND EMPLOYMENT AND COMPENSATION OF STAFF. (a) Authority of Committee.--The Committee is authorized to-- (1) sit and act, at any time, during the sessions, recesses, and adjourned periods of Congress; (2) require as the Committee considers necessary, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and documents; (3) administer oaths and take testimony; and (4) procure necessary printing and binding. (b) Appointment and Compensation of Staff.--The Committee-- (1) shall utilize existing staff to the extent possible; (2) may appoint and fix the compensation of such staff as it considers necessary; (3) may utilize such voluntary and uncompensated services as it considers necessary; and (4) may utilize the services, information, facilities, and personnel of the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, and other agencies of the legislative branch. (c) Additional Staff.--Upon the request of the chairman or ranking member of the Committee, the head of any Federal agency, or of any office in the legislative branch, is authorized to detail, without reimbursement, any of the personnel of such agency or office to the Committee to assist in carrying out its duties. (d) Travel Expenses.--The members and staff of the Committee shall be reimbursed for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of the duties vested in the Committee, other than expenses in connection with meetings of the Committee held in the District of Columbia. SEC. 4. COMMITTEE REPORT. The Committee-- (1) may make such interim reports as it considers necessary; and (2) prior to ceasing operations in accordance with section 1(e), shall submit a final report, to the Senate and to the appropriate Committees of the Senate, which shall contain the results of its study and its recommendations. <all>