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Rep. Bass Chides FAA Reauthorization Package As “Nowhere Near Enough” To Combat Noise

September 26, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), released the following statement regarding the passage of the FAA Reauthorization package, which was included in H.R. 302, a bill that also provided $5.6 billion for Community Health Centers and much needed funding for California to combat and recover from recent wildfires:

“I voted yes on this bill despite inadequate provisions to address noise for two reasons: first, the continuing inaction on FAA reauthorization and the looming funding deadline threaten to erode the agency’s ability to keep the flying public safe; and second, the bill was crammed with hundreds of last-minute provisions, including badly-needed funds for basic health care, and relief for people devastated by fires and floods,” said Rep. Bass. “But the reality is that this bill does nowhere near enough to address the screams and howls of 747s flying over our heads. I’m grateful that we were able to include certain ideas from the community, like my amendment to require the FAA Administrator to report on the status of the technology that was promised to keep planes higher for a longer duration of time, but which has yet to materialize.  It’s time for FAA to take noise problems seriously, and it’s time for Congress to stop treating noise as a discomfort and starts addressing it like the economic, health and safety disaster that it really is. I look forward to continuing to work on legislative fixes to alleviate the pain that communities have been forced to suffer through for too long and thank those who continue to raise their voices about this critical issue.”

Rep. Bass and her colleagues on the Quiet Skies Caucus introduced more than 40 amendments to combat flight noise in flight noise in Culver City, Baldwin Hills and the West Adams neighborhood. Republican leadership blocked the majority of the amendments from being considered and only a few of those proposed amendments made it into the final bill voted on today. You can read about those amendments here