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Senate Proceeding on Feb 3rd, 2011 :: 3:25:35 to 3:29:00
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Ron Wyden

3:25:32 to 3:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: with great respect and are honored to have known him. madam presiden floor. mr. wyden: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. wyden: madam president, in just a few minutes we will have the very appropriate recognition for the late president reagan. i just want to take a quick minute or two to talk about an amendment that will be called up

Ron Wyden

3:25:35 to 3:29:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

3:25:54 to 3:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: later in the afternoon on my behalf to expand and improve the unmanned aerial systems, what's known as u.a.s. programs that are part of the federal aviation administration reauthorization bill. my amendment is amendment 27. i want to thank chairman rockefeller and his staff because they've worked very closely with me on this and

Ron Wyden

3:26:15 to 3:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: several other amendments. growth in the unmanned aerial system sector in the aviation business has been extraordinary in just the last few years. i think it's well known that the systems are proving critical to military operations in iraq and afghanistan. but they also have tremendous potential in the civilian

Ron Wyden

3:26:38 to 3:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: sector, whether it's for fire fighting, law enforcement, border patrol, search and rescue or environmental monitoring. law enforcement uses for this technology would be especially helpful in rural areas like most of my home state in oregon. unfortunately the federal aviation administration has not yet been able to come up with a

Ron Wyden

3:26:59 to 3:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: real plan for how to integrate these unmanned aerial system vehicles into our airspace. so that's why i'm pleased that the rockefeller bill before us includes requirements for f.a. to get to work on a plan in this area and establish test sites for unmanned aerial systems research. the bill, however, includes only

Ron Wyden

3:27:21 to 3:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: four of these sites. i would like to see us be bolder, particularly in a area where i think there is so much opportunity for innovation, development and job creation. this amendment would expand the number of sites to ten which would require the f.a. to

Ron Wyden

3:27:42 to 3:28:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: explore the most useful way for unmanned systems to be integrated into the airspace. the amendment would require at least one of these test sites investigate how unmanned systems can be useful in monitoring public lands. as the chairman in the subcommittee on public lands and forests i've heard repeatedly from officials that remote

Ron Wyden

3:28:03 to 3:28:24( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: public lands are too often being used as a place for criminals to grow drugs without detection. the bureau of land management and forest service, two agencies that work in this field, simply don't have the resources to use expensive helicopters and do all the work that is necessary to route out the -- to root out the illegal operations.

Ron Wyden

3:28:25 to 3:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: let me conclude by saying i believe unmanned aerial systems could be a cost-saving way to correct this problem and by getting the ball rolling with this amendment, i believe it will be possible to more significantly fight these reprehensible drug operations that are taking place on public lands. i'm hoping this amendment, amendment 27, will be accepted as part of the rockefeller legislation.

Ron Wyden

3:28:46 to 3:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: i look forward to working with the bill's managers to encourage development in a sect that i think is right at the half a trillion what we need to do to promote innovation in the aviation field. i thank chairman rockefeller.

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