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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. SCHIFF. I thank the gentleman from California for yielding.

I am pleased that for the first time in 17 years the FAA has deemed the Part 161 nighttime curfew application officially complete. This is a big step in the right direction and shouldn't be overlooked.

I strongly believe that Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, has met the criteria for a curfew set by law and that a curfew would impact a relatively small number of diverted flights while delivering significant reductions in both the noise impact to surrounding communities and the cost associated with sound mitigation.

However, I share my colleague's concern that the FAA has not been serious about moving forward with mandatory curfews, despite congressional intent when Part 161 was signed into law. I look forward to working with Chairman Olver and the authorizing committee to ensure that Part 161 has the meaning and credibility and that the process is real and can lead to results.

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