DeFazio Leads House in Passing Bipartisan Long-Term FAA Reauthorization
Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member of the Peter DeFazio (D-OR) led the U.S. House of Representatives in the passage of a bipartisan long-term reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs.
As the top Democrat on the Committee, DeFazio was instrumental in the writing of the bill and pushed for critical safety standards and consumer protections to be included in the legislation.
“This bill will give the FAA long-term funding it needs to improve aviation safety, enhance consumer protections, and invest in rural airports,” said Rep. DeFazio. “In this highly-partisan Congress, I’m proud to work with my colleagues across the aisle to pass a truly bipartisan piece of legislation that will improve the lives of millions of Americans.”
H.R. 4 also includes the bipartisan Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), legislation that will help communities better prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters of all kinds, including wildfires.
To watch Ranking Member DeFazio’s opening statement on H.R. 4, click here.
Enhances Consumer Protections
- Prohibiting an airline from involuntarily bumping a passenger after the passenger has boarded;
- Prohibiting the use of cell phones for voice communications during flight;
- Requiring airlines to create a one-page document outlining the rights of passengers;
- Requiring large- and medium-hub airports to provide clean, sterile rooms in each terminal for nursing mothers; and
- Establishing a select subcommittee to advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues related to air travel for passengers with disabilities.
Improves Aviation Safety
- A requirement that newly manufactured aircraft include secondary cockpit barriers, thereby reducing the likelihood of another successful 9/11-style attack;
- A requirement that the FAA review whether all passengers can safely evacuate an airliner in an emergency within the requisite 90-second limit;
- A requirement that the FAA update its safety-critical staffing model and that the Inspector General review the model to determine the number of safety inspectors the FAA needs; and
- An enhancement to the FAA’s process for receiving and responding to aviation employees’ voluntary disclosures of safety problems; and
- A requirement that flight attendants have, at a minimum, 10 consecutive hours of rest between duty periods.