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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Quiet Skies Amendments Blocked By Closed Rule On FAA Reauthorization Bill

September 28, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after House leadership procedurally blocked all possibility of any amendments to be offered to the 2017 FAA Reauthorization package.

“There are neighborhoods in Los Angeles that suffer hour after hour due to rampant and never-ceasing pollution and noise left by airplanes flying with no regard for previously agreed upon height regulation,” Rep. Bass said. “I’m disappointed by the decision to close the FAA Reauthorization bill to amendments but will continue to look for ways to relieve neighborhoods that have been overburdened with noise. I look forward to my upcoming community discussion at the beginning of October with affected community members and local elected officials, where we plan to organize a collaborative path forward and continue to make progress on this issue.”

You can read a summary of the newly-drafted amendments from Rep. Bass that were blocked from submission below: 

  1. Creating a research and development grant program that encourages small businesses and startups to advance noise and emission reducing technology to retrofit conventional aircrafts.
  2. Mandating a report to investigate the adhering to minimum altitudes in FAA flight procedures. If more than 25 % of flights on a single procedure deviate lower than minimum published altitude in a single month, the FAA Administrator shall produce a report to Congress explaining the reason for the high level of low-altitude flights within 60 days.
  3. Providing NextGen Metroplex Area Noise Roundtables with the authority to request and receive data from all relevant agencies, including about flight frequency, altitudes, noise and pollution. Currently, roundtables can request this information but a response is not required.
  4. Requiring that the FAA Administrator report to Congress on the status of Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSAS) implementation across all completed NextGen Metroplexes with specific information by airline, regarding TSAS adoption and equipping of aircraft and training of pilots for its use.

Earlier this month, Rep. Bass introduced a series of amendments to H.R. 3354, an omnibus appropriations bill that includes Fiscal Year 2018 spending for federal transportation priorities. The amendments, designed to minimize the continuous and rampant noise caused by low-flying airplanes in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, were blocked by the Rules Committee and Republican Leadership.