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

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TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010 -- (House of Representatives - July 23, 2009)

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Mr. BERMAN. I thank the chairman of the subcommittee, Mr. Olver, for yielding to me to engage in a colloquy about the importance of ensuring the fairness and objectivity of the FAA's curfew application process.

I am pleased to be joined by my good friend Mr. Schiff who, like me, has many constituents who are greatly affected by nighttime operations at Burbank airport.

Both Burbank Bob Hope Airport and Van Nuys Airport have been actively studying nighttime flight curfews on Stage III aircraft. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has already submitted its completed Part 161 application to the FAA requesting a nighttime curfew.

As both Mr. Schiff and I know, the FAA has been all-too-willing to simply disregard the impact that nighttime flight operations have on communities living by these airports. I have constituents whose sleep is routinely disturbed by aircraft taking off or landing at all hours of the night from Burbank and Van Nuys airports.

I look forward to working with the gentleman and the authorizing committee in the future to ensure that the FAA gives fair consideration to the concerns of those who must live with airport noise day in and out.

I yield, if I may, to the gentleman from California (Mr. Schiff).

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