FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - September 20, 2007)
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Mr. BACA. Mr. Chairman, I ask for unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. I rise to express my strong support for H.R. 2881, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act.
The first half of 2007 has included the worst record in history for airline delays. So far, more than one quarter of all flights this year have been delayed. Yet, airline traffic is expected to grow at a rapid pace--with a tripling of the number of passengers flying by the year 2025. H.R. 2881 is an important first step in addressing America's transportation dilemma. It modernizes our aging air traffic control system, and strengthens airport infrastructure to reduce delays and improve safety. This bill provides the necessary funds to improve America's airport infrastructure.
H.R. 2881 also includes critical consumer protections by creating a Passenger Bill of Rights, which provides for emergency contingency plans and greater oversight by the FAA into flight delays. In the area I represent, southern California, flight delays and congestion are a major problem. H.R. 2881 provides much needed reforms to help my local airport, the LA/Ontario International Airport, improve its infrastructure--so it may accommodate much of the expected increase in air traffic for the area in the coming years.
These reforms will reduce delays, increase capacity, enhance security, and promote new competition at Ontario airport and ultimately help generate much needed economic development and job growth in my district.
Mr. Chairman, H.R. 2881 is vital to modernizing America's air traffic system, reducing flight delays, and ensuring our Nation is prepared for the massive increases in number of flights we will see over the next decade.
Again, I express my full support of this bill and urge my fellow colleagues to adopt its final passage.
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