The Senate Transportation bill has four FOIA Exemption 3 statutes within the bill. None of these have gone before the Senate Judiciary Committee which is the committee with jurisdiction on FOIA matters. The provisions would allow information to be withheld under FOIA when certain threshold matters are met.
Over the weekend, a number of public interest groups sent letters to the Senate opposing these provisions without a further examination of them.
As this post is being written the Senate is debating and will be voting on the Transportation bill on a rare Sunday vote. If the bill passes, it will have to go back to the House or to a joint committee to hash out a final bill.