Ranking Member DeFazio statement on Managers Amendment to H.R. 4
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Ranking Member DeFazio statement on Managers Amendment to H.R. 4


I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED. MR. DEFAZIO: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. DEFAZIO: I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN. HE LISTED A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS. I’LL JUST DON’T WANT TO BE REPETITIVE BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THE CALL TO ACTION REGARDING UNCONTAINED AIRLINER ENGINE FAILURES IS CRITICAL. THAT IS ACTUALLY THE SECOND UNCONTAINED FAILURE OF THAT ENGINE WITH SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IN 18 MONTHS WHICH MEANS SOMEWHERE — TURBIN BLADES ARE NOT A LIFE LIMITED PART. THERE’S SOMETHING AMISS IN THE MANUFACTURE PROCESS AND WE NEED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THAT. ALSO, WE NEED TO BE SURE THE PROPER TESTING NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ENSURE THEIR INTEGRITY AS THE PLANES CONTINUE TO FLY. IT ALSO HAS LANGUAGE OF INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ON FLIGHTS. I SUPPORT BUT I AM PREPARING AND WILL OFFER A BROADER STAND-ALONE PROVISION BILL ON THAT SUBJECT IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IT MODESTLY INCREASES FUNDING LEVELS FOR AVIATION PROGRAMS. INCLUDES $1 BILLION FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR CERTAIN A.I.P. PROGRAMS — PROJECTS. PRINCIPALLY FOR SMALL AIRPORTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. THIS FALLS SHORT OF MEETING THE NEEDS OF ALL AIRPORTS AND ALL GATES AND TERMINAL WORK WE NEED, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, IN DISCUSSING THE LACK OF A P.S.C. IN THIS BILL — P.F.C. IN THIS BILL. IT CREATES A NEWLY NAMED POSITION IN THE F.A.A., THAT WOULD BE THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER. CURRENTLY THE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR ACTS AS THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER. SO I’M NOT QUITE CERTAIN WHAT THAT ACCOMPLISHES BUT I WILL CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO MONITORING THAT POSITION AND PROGRESS AND REPORTS ON NEXT GEN THAT THAT PERSON DOES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME UNLESS WE’RE — LOIS

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