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Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007

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TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE JUDICIARY, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007

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Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Chairman, for over 60 years we have required U.S. citizens to be in control of operation of our airlines. Make no mistake, the DOT's proposed rule will absolutely reverse this critical policy, allowing operation of our airlines to be controlled by competing and potentially unfriendly foreign interests will undermine our homeland security and result in a loss of U.S. jobs.

Mr. Chairman, no critical U.S. infrastructure should ever be under foreign control. Did we not learn anything from the Dubai ports debacle? Doesn't anyone remember the outrage that you shared over Dubai? This is just as big an outrage. The DOT is using executive fiat to implement a very dangerous and absolutely wrong policy. This amendment will ensure Congress determines what is in the best interest of this country, not the bureaucrats of DOT. Remember the explanation we got from the administration on the Dubai ports, that everyone had thoroughly examined it. And then we found out that it hadn't been thoroughly examined. Critical infrastructure must remain in U.S. operational control.

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