Bipartisan FAA Bill Will Help Keep Americans Safe
‘From Brussels to Egypt, events around the world underscore the need for stronger security measures for our nation’s air travel...This FAA reauthorization legislation will do more for security than any other in years.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act:
“The Chair of the Commerce Committee, Senator Thune, says that keeping Americans safe from future attacks is a top priority. He’s right. From Brussels to Egypt, events around the world underscore the need for stronger security measures for our nation’s air travel.
“That’s why I was glad when large bipartisan majorities voted last week to advance the FAA Reauthorization Act and then to strengthen it further with the most comprehensive airline security reforms in years.
“We appreciate Chairman Thune’s work with Aviation Subcommittee Chair Senator Ayotte, as well as Senators Nelson and Cantwell, to move an amendment designed to keep passengers safer and help deter terrorism at airports on U.S. soil. The amendment will help shore up security measures for international flights coming into the U.S. as well as improve vetting and inspections of airport employees.
“I’d also like to recognize Senator Heinrich for his work to include provisions that will increase security measures in pre-screening airport zones and expand preparation for active shooter events.
“This FAA reauthorization legislation will do more for security than any other in years. It will do more for passengers than any other in years too. Don’t take my word for it. A consumer columnist for The Washington Post labeled it ‘one of the most passenger-friendly Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bills in a generation.’ It includes a number of consumer-friendly provisions — like fee disclosures and refunds for lost bags or services paid for but not received — and does so without imposing choice-limiting regulations or fees and taxes on airline passengers.
“This is a good bill and a good example of what can be accomplished with a Senate that’s back to work. It would help keep Americans safe, both in our airports and skies. It’s enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle. And if members have additional ideas they think might strengthen the bill further, I again encourage them to work with bill managers so we can continue moving forward.”
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