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Jobs, Security And Consumer Protection Top Rockefeller's Agenda

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., released his agenda Thursday for the committee during the 112th Congress. Below is the text of his announcement:

"I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle issues that are critical to America's future," Rockefeller said. "In the new Congress, I will continue my fight to bring modern day protections for consumers and accountability to fraudsters, promote high-tech job creation and competitiveness, and keep Americans safe, secure, and on the move. I intend to not only complete a number of top priorities that I began in the 111th Congress, but also take on a number of new challenges Americans are facing every day."

Key Priorities for the U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the 112th Congress Include:

A FOCUS ON JOBS, ECONOMIC SECURITY AND GROWTH

* Building out America's manufacturing sector and promoting exports

* Bolstering our infrastructure through:

o Improving transportation in the highway, rail, pipeline, and maritime sectors;

o Making necessary investments in our nation's aviation infrastructure and air service development; and

o Broadband deployment and Universal Service Fund reform

* Alleviating the financial pinch felt by railroad shippers nationwide

* Strengthening our commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education through the America COMPETES Act

* Implementing the NASA Authorization Act of 2010

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* Protecting coastal economies, jobs, and our nation's valuable energy resources through continued oversight of the Gulf spill recovery efforts and long term restoration

A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO AMERICA'S HOMELAND SECURITY

* Enacting comprehensive cybersecurity legislation

* Ensuring the necessary public safety communications resources for our nation's first responders

* Reinforcing constructive advancements to Transportation Security Administration screening and improving security in all modes of transportation

* Improving security of our cargo and general aviation traffic

* Securing our ports and the transportation of chemicals

* Increasing the Coast Guard's response capabilities

* Keeping Americans safe by improving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather forecasting and disaster preparedness

* Protecting the federal government's investments in biometrics

21st CENTURY CONSUMER PROTECTION & SAFETY

* Continuing oversight of important federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Surface Transportation Board, and the Federal Communications Commission

* Protecting consumer information and privacy on the Internet

* Cracking down on consumer fraud, including online billing scams

* Furthering efforts to make our nation's highways safer and eliminate distracted driving

* Increasing motor vehicle and truck safety by passing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Reauthorizations

* Granting victims injured or killed offshore--such as the victims and families of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy--parity with those injured or killed onshore

* Boosting the accuracy and effectiveness of forensic science by employing the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Science Foundation scientific and standards expertise

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