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Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself 1 minute.

I rise today to offer an amendment, along with my colleagues LEONARD LANCE and RUSH HOLT of New Jersey and ELIOT ENGEL of New York, that would force the FAA to halt the implementation of its redesign of the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia airspace unless they immediately address the issue of aircraft noise over our area. While the safety of passengers, their travel time, and the needs of the airline industry's survival is paramount, so is the right of the people on the ground, not all of whom are air travelers themselves, who have a right to a quality of life with a minimum exposure to aircraft noise overhead.

The FAA has never adequately addressed the issue of aircraft noise, despite repeated congressional requests and statutory requirements to do so, not only for our part of the country, but across the Nation, as we have heard from various colloquies today. There were 13 lawsuits seeking to block this redesign because of noise and other environmental concerns. Members of Congress have proposed several studies that have sought to find other solutions to improve the airspace. So, clearly, there is support for putting this redesign on hold.

The CHAIR. The time of the gentleman has expired.

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. I yield myself another 30 seconds, Mr. Chairman.

Members of Congress have proposed several studies that have sought to find other solutions to improve the airspace, so it is clear their support for putting this redesign on hold. Mr. Chairman, despite the fact that appropriations bills over many years that fund the FAA have directed the FAA to address the issue of aircraft noise, the FAA has turned a deaf ear to this issue. Maybe they will hear us this time.

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Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Chairman, in closing, let me thank both Chairman Olver and Mr. Latham, the ranking member, for a good bill. We are just trying to perfect it. And let me just say to Mr. Costello, and I thank him for his leadership on these issues, I got the $53 billion through the appropriations process. And you would think that they could at least recognize the high incidence of aircraft noise over New York and New Jersey. This is a wake-up call to the FAA. We are not the only States where redesign is about to happen. I do think people on the ground have a right to let the FAA know, as they proceed with their redesign plans, that aircraft noise does affect the quality of life for Americans all around the Nation.

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