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Condemning Anti-Safety Legislation

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, today the House will vote on legislation to block all new Federal regulations. I'm concerned that this bill would damage our ability to improve aviation safety, which the bipartisan western New York delegation has long promoted.

We fought alongside the families of Flight 3407, who lost loved ones in a preventable air crash near Buffalo. Due to their passion and dedication, Congress passed historic aviation safety reforms 2 years ago. But this bill would prevent many of those reforms from becoming reality.

Our colleague, Kathy Hochul attempted to offer an amendment to protect these reforms from this moratorium. Inexplicably, the Rules Committee blocked her amendment. These reforms have the support of both parties, but now partisan politics is getting in the way of lifesaving regulations. I urge the defeat of this anti-safety legislation.

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