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Senate Proceeding on Feb 3rd, 2011 :: 2:04:25 to 2:07:10
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Mark Pryor

2:04:10 to 2:04:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: the presiding officer: the senator from illinois is recognized. mr. cialg: mr. president, today -- the presiding officer: the senate is in a quorum call. mr. kirk: if i could ask consent to proceed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. kirk: on the whitehouse amendment. mr. president, today i'm pleased to join senator whitehouse,

Mark Pryor

2:04:25 to 2:07:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Mark Pryor

2:04:31 to 2:04:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: senator boxer and a growing list of my colleagues in support of the whitehouse-kirk-boxer amendment that will improve airline safety throughout the nation. most individuals are familiar with laser pointers that are often used in presentations. what you may not know is there is now a growing danger of these

Mark Pryor

2:04:52 to 2:05:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: devices pointed at pilots. last month the f.a. relesioned nationwide data on lasers pointed at aircraft. from 2009-2010, incidents nearly doubled, from 1,527 to 2,836. to show how quickly this has become a problem, when the f.a. first began to track this

Mark Pryor

2:05:15 to 2:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: issue in 2005, incidents were under 300. transportation secretary lahood has acknowledged this as a serious safety issue. lasers can temporarily blind pilots which are incredibly dangerous and even more so, during the critical time of takeoff and landing. advancements in laser technology are also making the problem

Mark Pryor

2:05:36 to 2:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: worse. certain color variations, such as green lasers, are 35 times brighter than comparable red lasers. this is a particular worry for me and my state's busiest airport, o'hare international. according to the f.a., last year, o'hare had the second highest number of laser events

Mark Pryor

2:05:58 to 2:06:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: in the nation at 98. the whitehouse-kirk-boxer amendment create new penalties for knowingly pointing a laser at an aircraft or at the flight path of an airplane. commonsense exemptions are provided to allow further research and testing activities. current law has not kept up to

Mark Pryor

2:06:19 to 2:06:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: date with this new threat. it's time to give law enforcement and prosecutors additional tools to reduce the likelihood of a laser-related tragedy. the amendment is supported by the airline pilots association and the national association of police organizations, which includes the federal flight deck

Mark Pryor

2:06:40 to 2:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: officers association. i thank senator whitehouse and his staff for this leadership on this issue and urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan proposal to help make our nation's pilots and especially their passengers safer. and with that, i yield back the floor a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

Mark Pryor

2:07:06 to 2:07:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: will call the roll.

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