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Democrat gives GOP earmark deadline

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The Democratic chairman of a U.S. House committee has given Republicans a deadline for withdrawing earmarks from a water projects bill.
Anti-abortion lawmakers key to health vote

Anti-abortion lawmakers key to health vote

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Some anti-abortion House Democrats said they were working to forge a compromise that would let them vote for a landmark U.S. healthcare bill.
Stimulus fund distribution speed debated

Stimulus fund distribution speed debated

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- All U.S. states and territories have obligated half of the economic stimulus funds targeted to transportation projects, Vice President Joe Biden said.

Congressman: Bridge repairs underfunded

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. states are paying the price for spending money meant to repair crumbling bridges on other things, a U.S. congressman says.

States approve water pact

SAUGATUCK, Mich., July 10 (UPI) -- The Council of Great Lakes Governors said a pact designed to protect the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin is headed to Congress.
Airline merger met with skepticism

Airline merger met with skepticism

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- The proposed Delta Air Lines-Northwest Airlines merger has found skeptics on New York's Wall Street and Washington's Capitol Hill, industry observers said.

FAA serves passengers, House member says

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- U.S. air travelers are the customers for the Federal Aviation Administration and its safety inspectors, not airlines, a congressional panel chairman said.

Southwest flights resume after inspections

DALLAS, March 14 (UPI) -- Southwest Airlines, which had canceled 126 flights in a controversy over aircraft inspections, says it is back to normal operations.

Southwest accused of 'unsafe' planes

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Southwest Airlines has been accused of flying thousands of passengers on aircraft that federal inspectors said were "unsafe," congressional documents say.

Bush visits Minnesota bridge disaster

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- President George Bush said Saturday he wants to see the collapsed 35W bridge in Minneapolis rebuilt as quickly as possible, although he wasn't more specific. The president flew to the Twin Cities for a first-hand look at the scene of the spectacular disas

Lawmakers decry Bush's FPS plan

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Federal lawmakers in Washington are objecting to a Bush administration plan to overhaul the agency that runs security at most federal buildings.

Call for new airlines regulatory power

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee says he wants to increase the federal government's power to fine airlines for poor customer service. A fine of $10,000 per passenger per violation "would get their attention," said Rep. James Obersta

Space Watch: Private space, more rules

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A series by UPI tracking new developments in government or government-supported space programs. This week: The private spaceflight industry has been eagerly awaiting an upsurge in activity since the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act was signed into l
ROBERT ZIMMERMAN

Analysis: Congress restricts private space

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Most space advocates and many in the nascent private manned spaceflight industry have been enthusiastic about the benefits of the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which the Senate passed Wednesday and now awaits the president's signature, b
ROBERT ZIMMERMAN

Space Race 2: Congress weighs in

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A series by UPI exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: For years, legislators have had the luxury of debating theoretical scenarios about non-government human space travel. With the showcase flights of Sp
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Rep. James Oberstar, D-MN, chairs a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing regarding lapses in Federal Aviation Administration oversight on airliner safety on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 3, 2008. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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James Louis "Jim" Oberstar (born September 10, 1934) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, he has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1975, representing Minnesota's 8th congressional district. The district is located in the northeastern part of the state, including the cities of Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, International Falls, and Hibbing.

In 2007, Oberstar became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

He was born in Chisholm, Minnesota, and still owns his original family home in Chisholm. He received his B.A. at the College of St. Thomas (now the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul). He also received a Master's degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, with further study at Université Laval in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada and Georgetown University. He spent four years as a civilian language teacher in the United States Marine Corps, teaching English to Haitian military personnel and French to American Marine officers and noncommissioned officers.

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