House Republicans are zeroing in on Obama administration policies restricting the use of unmanned commercial aircraft.
Top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation will testify Wednesday before the House Transportation Committee about the status of pending regulations for commercial drones. http://1.usa.gov/1z3kpWB
Pressure is mounting from the GOP and the business community for the FAA to approve the use of commercial drones, though, Republicans acknowledge the need to address certain safety and privacy issues.
Online retailers like Amazon say it could revolutionize the way they deliver products to customers. Amazon has been one of the top proponents of commercial drones.
Meanwhile, real estate agents, farmers, oil companies, Hollywood filmmakers, sports teams, and security firms are all clamoring for the use of drones. http://bit.ly/12IKe2F
Industry groups say their competitors in other countries have a step up on them when it comes to using drones.
“We want to make sure these things are integrated safely, but we don’t want to fall behind,” a Republican staffer told The Hill.