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Flight Safety and Pilot Training Safety Reforms Frozen

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Location: Washington, DC

Ms. HOCHUL. Madam Speaker, on February 12, 2009, Flight 3407 crashed into a house in my district, killing all the passengers and an individual in his home. Out of that devastation, there was a spirit that actually united this Congress in enacting flight safety and pilot training rules that would have prevented the crash. The families never gave up and are eagerly awaiting the final implementation of those potentially life-saving rules.

Sounds like a happy ending, doesn't it? And yet this week, because the House Rules Committee refused to allow my amendment to protect those specific rules, we are at risk of losing all those hard-fought, bipartisan safety reforms.

With the so-called ``Regulatory Freeze Act,'' these reforms would simply die. Some who voted for them in the past now call them job killing. I call them people saving.

Listen, I know we need to end overburdensome regulations on small business and farmers--I get it. But there's a commonsense way to do it. But to freeze all government regulations--all of them--regardless of the health and safety of our citizens is over the top even for this town. This only proves that Washington is broken and we need to fix it. This country deserves a better Congress.


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