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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.