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104th Congress                                                   Report                         HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES  2d Session                                                     104-785 _______________________________________________________________________   MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED   AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1997, AND FOR OTHER                                  PURPOSES                                 _______                                                 September 16, 1996.--Ordered to be printed _______________________________________________________________________   Mr. Wolf, from the committee of conference, submitted the following                            CONFERENCE REPORT                         [To accompany H.R. 3675]       The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of  the two Houses on the amendments of the Senate to the bill  (H.R. 3675) ``making appropriations for the Department of  Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending  September 30, 1997, and for other purposes,'' having met, after  full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do  recommend to their respective Houses as follows: * * * * *        Amendment No. 133: Deletes both House and Senate language  on the expenditure of funds for the collection of airline  statistics by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and  makes a technical change to the House engrossed bill. The  conferees note that section 6006(b) of the Intermodal Surface  Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) specifies that BTS  compile, analyze and publish ``a comprehensive set of  transportation statistics'' and that the conference report  accompanying ISTEA states, ``data management by [BTS] shall not  be limited to highway transportation, but is extended to  include rail, highways, ships and air transport.'' Therefore,  the conferees believe that funds provided by section 6006(b) of  ISTEA can be used for the purpose of collecting airline  statistics should the Department elect to do so.