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Senate Proceeding on Feb 7th, 2011 :: 1:07:30 to 1:24:20
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Ben Nelson

1:07:26 to 1:07:31( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: hours that air travelers have to experience. this bill will reduce delays by

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:07:30 to 1:24:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:07:32 to 1:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: more than 20%, save passenger time, money and reduce airline fuel consumption, making our country more energy secure and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. while air travel remains safe and a fast way to travel between distant destinations, the technology is readily available to make essential improvements to our nation's aviation

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:07:54 to 1:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: infrastructure to make it even safer and faster. the bill authorizes authorization of the facility and equipment funding, reinforces the f.a.a.'s commitment to overhaul the guidance system used to direct flights across the country. the deployment of nextgen flight guidance system will cut travel time and save energy by directing flights to take

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:08:17 to 1:08:38( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: shorter routes and use less fuel. domestic commercial flight routes follow the same base guidance air traffic control system that was put in place more than a half a century ago. the paths planes follow between airports is not based on the shortest, most efficient routes, but is instead based on the location of broadcasting points

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:08:39 to 1:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: on the ground. mr. president, that no longer makes any sense. it hasn't made sense for a while. we know that we now have a g.p.s. system that could get our airports in a much more direct route, a faster route, saving time and saving energy. just to give you one example, the flight from national airport

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:09:01 to 1:09:21( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: to boston currently takes 537 miles, one hour and 15 minutes and burns over 7,000 pounds of fuel. using nextgen, that same flight will be 367 miles with a direct flight to boston, taking less than an hour and burning less than 6,000 pounds of fuel.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:09:22 to 1:09:43( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: that's a savings of almost 1,500 pounds of fuel, saving expensive carbon-emitting intense jet fuel. these are significant savings that benefit the environment and the consumer. the air transport association estimates that even a 6% fleetwide reduction of fuel burned results in fuel savings

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:09:44 to 1:10:04( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: of 1.16 billion gallons of jet fuel and emission savings of nearly 11 million metric tons or 24 billion pounds of co2. that's what we're talking about here. saving fuel, saving costs to our economy and polluting much less. nextgen is essential to achieving these types of greenhouse gas emissions

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:10:05 to 1:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: reductions from the aviation sector. nextgen is also critical to meeting future air travel demands and will go a long way toward alleviating the actual air traffic that is responsible for much of the delays air passengers are experiencing while traveling. the research, engineering and development fund is set to advance undergraduate and technical school programs for

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:10:26 to 1:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: aircraft maintenance focusing on new technology, job training for pilots and air traffic controllers. this includes essential job training programs for the next generation of air traffic controllers that will use nextgen's systems to guide air america's airline fleets. mr. president, more jobs for the people of this country.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:10:47 to 1:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: job training and education is an important part for america's work force to advance into the well paid and skilled jobs and it's essential for our nation's economic recovery. the operation and maintenance airport improvement program and facilities and equipment funding authorizations give the green light to hundreds of airports across the nation to advance

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:11:09 to 1:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: pressing maintenance security, facility and new construction projects that will create thousands of jobs in the area of engineering science, construction and software development and much more. for example, at the baltimore washington international airport airport in anne arundel county, maryland, the maryland department of transportation has nearly $400 million ready in airport improvement programs

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:11:30 to 1:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: that can be funded under this bill. these projects will help improve our runway safety, tarmac capacity and terminal efficiency at maryland's largest airport. b.w.i.-thurgood marshall serves -- served 21 million passengers in 2009 and was ranked first of the 140 international airports worldwide that serve 15 million-25 million

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:11:52 to 1:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: passengers annually by the airport council international's airport service quality survey. we're proud of that, but we want to make sure that we can maintain that type of service at b.w.i. the re-authorization of these programs are critically important for us to maintain that edge. i appreciate the opportunity this bill gives me to show my support for maryland's flagship

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:12:13 to 1:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: airport and the 35 other commercial, municipal, regional and general aviation airports across my state. i mentioned earlier my colleagues' willingness to work with me to incorporate an amendment to help small commercial airports. the program i am referring to is the essential air service program which provides funding to keep the small yet critically important commercial airports

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:12:34 to 1:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: serving rural communities viable. this program assures that rural communities are provided a minimal level of service to preserve their connections to the nation's airport transportation system. western maryland's hagerstown airport has benefited greatly from this program and has allowed the airport to secure service contracts with cape air

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:12:55 to 1:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: to fly four daily flights from hagerstown to baltimore. without hager town's daily flights to b.w.i., western maryland residents, as well as people living in eastern west virginia, southern pennsylvania, would have to drive anywhere from 75 to more than 150 miles to get to the nearest airport for commercial service. there are many other rural communities where major

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:13:16 to 1:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: commercial air passenger service is located at even greater distances, and the essential air service helps alleviate the travel isolation of these communities. i am pleased that this bill addresses the needs of hagerstown airport and others like it. another issue that is critical to the success of maryland airports that will surely come up during this debate is the

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:13:37 to 1:13:57( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: changing of the slot or perimeter rules at reagan national airport. this is an issue that i care deeply about because it is -- it directly involves the economic viability of b.w.i.-thurgood marshall airport and the surrounding airport. in the 111th congress, the proposed changes to operations at national airport were made by

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:13:58 to 1:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: senators representing states well beyond the greater washington region. changing the slot and perimeter rules in this fashion subverts the established process for altering these rules and undermines the authority of local transportation experts. restricting service at national airport lends itself to the steady growth of the region's major hub airports which have

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:14:20 to 1:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: been at the heart of the region's business community's economic development plans. companies like northrop grumman, l3, general dynamics and other major employers in the baltimore-washington area strategically locate near b.w.i. airport. the growth of that airport is critical to our

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:14:42 to 1:15:02( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: economic progress. the slow steady growth helped create an attractive business climate for these major companies. this would not have been possible without congress's agreement to maintain the status quo service at national airport that in turn made dulles and b.w.i. the region's growth airport.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:15:03 to 1:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: based on historical evidence of increased slots at d.c.a., allowing flights to be created from within the perimeter and beyond would have an impact on the service at b.w.i./marshal. it will reduce the value and return the federal and state infrastructure investments made at b.w.i.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:15:24 to 1:15:44( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: maryland invested more than $1.5 billion in the airport over the last ten years and plans to invest more than $684 million in the next six years. i welcome a collaborative and open process should changes in the region's airport operations be necessary. in regards to another important provision in this legislation, i support the passenger's bill of

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:15:45 to 1:16:05( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: rights which incorporates -- which is incorporated into this bill. no one should be forced to stay aboard a plan on a tarmac for extended periods of time. i also applaud the provisions within the bill that provide customers with better information about the wide range of fees airlines and airports place upon the flying public. i understand that between high

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:16:06 to 1:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: fuel costs and the current economy, travelers are flying less and this has hurt the airline industry. as a result, airlines have resorted to charging a variety of fees for services on each flight. airlines have counted on air travelers adapting to each charge, change in policy so much that today's frequent fliers really expect a free meal or to

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:16:28 to 1:16:48( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: check a bag for free. air travelers often have no choice but to pay the airline's fees. the problem is how these fees come at the customer: often by surprise. if the fees are explained in advance, there is less to take issue with. surprise fees have consumers upset and weary of flying. by the time the traveler has reached the ticket counter, they

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:16:49 to 1:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: are commited to getting on that plane. at that point the airlines have a clear upper hand when it comes to levying additional charges for baggage based on size, weight or type or even fees for simple on-board amenities like refreshments or blankets once a passenger is in their seat, in

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:17:12 to 1:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: some instances travelers have no choice but to pay the fee. in the 111th congress i introduced legislation to ensure travelers were made aware of the fee they were being charged to fly. i look forward to working with my colleagues to make sure this issue is adequately addressed in this bill. i want the airlines to succeed.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:17:33 to 1:17:53( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: working to ensure the honest disclosure of airline fees and improve passenger treatment help public confidence in the airline industry. currently the airlines can point at hoye fuel costs -- as high fuel costs as to why less people are traveling by air. as more americans find work, both business and leisure travel

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:17:54 to 1:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: will begin to pick up. whether travelers look to the skies or the ground to get to their designation will largely depend on the user's experience. passenger bill of rights goes a long way to improving the user's experience for air travelers. before concluding on this legislation to reauthorize the federal aviation administration, i think it's important that i

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:18:17 to 1:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: bring up an amendment that may be brought up. i want to express my opposition to an amendment that would exclude employees of the transportation security administration, t.s.a., from collective bargaining rights of federal employees. on june 23, 2010, more than six months ago i spoke on the floor of the senate about the need for

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:18:38 to 1:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: collective bargaining for more than 60,000 t.s.a. employees who work at b.w.i.-marshal international airport and airports around the nation. at that time some members of congress opposed collective bargaining for t.s.a. employees because of their concern that we immediate to be able to adapt quickly and effectively to specific aviation threats.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:19:00 to 1:19:20( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the underlying premise of that argument was we must choose between protecting the nation from threats to aviation and collective bargaining. that choice was a false choice because national security or what i call smart collective bargaining are not mutually exclusive. under sphargt collective

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:19:21 to 1:19:42( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: bargaining -- under smart collective bargaining where a true emergency exists t.s.a. would be able to act without a negative impact. the administration stated we have to be able to surge resources at any time not only nationwide, but worldwide. that smart collective bargaining

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:19:43 to 1:20:03( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: agreement would enable us to do that. i believe then and i believe now that a smart collective bargaining agreement would enhance national security because it would enable t.s.a. to recruit and retrain better employees. our nation's history with labor unions teaches us that collective bargaining boosts morale. it allows employees to have a voice in their workplace and allows them to increase

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:20:04 to 1:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: stability and professionalism. on the other hand, poor workforce management can lead directly to high attrition rates, job dissatisfaction and increased costs, would lead to gaps in aviation security. in the past there have been reports that t.s.a. has had low worker morale, which can undermine the agency's mission in our national security. i am now pleased to learn that

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:20:26 to 1:20:48( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: after he was confirmed by the senate, administrator pistol did what he said he would do. he studied the issue and gathered all the facts and information he could from stakeholders including t.s.a. employees, t.s.a. management, union presidents and a variety of present and former leaders and experts in law enforcement agencies and organizations.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:20:49 to 1:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: this past friday, the administrator decided the more than 60,000 t.s.a. employees working at b.w.i. could vote on whether they want or don't want representation on nonsecurity kpwhraoeplt issues.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:21:15 to 1:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: -- employment issues. this is a small decision and can lead to the kind of solution that i was talking about six months ago. on issues of national security, we need to come together and reject the either/or. we need to be smart on national security, and this collective bargaining decision by administrator pistol is a smart

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:21:36 to 1:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: decision. the fact of the matter is the department of homeland security customs and border patrol officers, some of whom work at the same airports as t.s.a. employees as well as employees at d.h.s. federal protective service and capitol police all operate under collective bargaining agreements. as our late colleague, senator

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:21:57 to 1:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: kennedy, noted in august of 2009 when he cosponsored a collective bargaining rights bill for public sector officers, tomorrow morning thousands of public safety officers, police officers and firefighters will wake up and go to work to protect us. they will put their lives on the line responding to emergencies, policing our neighborhoods and protecting us in maryland and communities across the nation.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:22:18 to 1:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: these dedicated public servants will patrol our streets and run into burning buildings to keep us safe, and no one believes for a moment that we are less safe because they have secured collective bargaining rights. if opponents of the administrator pistol's decision want to invoke 9/11 to support their views, they will soon discover the legacy of 9/11 shows clearly the national

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:22:40 to 1:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: security will not be compromised by smart collective bargaining. before 9/11, new york port authority police worked eight hour days, four days on, two days off. by the end of the day of 9/11, vacation and personal times were canceled and workers were switched to 12 hour tours seven days a week. these schedules did not return to normal for three years.

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:23:02 to 1:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the union did not file a grievance and efrpbl recognized it was a real -- efrpbl recognized it was a real crisis. the administrator decision will help us maintain the best employees to protect us, like the countless number of american

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:23:23 to 1:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: heroes who work to protect us and keep us safe under collective bargaining agreements. in concluding i want to acknowledge in the reauthorization of the f.a.a. bill, i want to acknowledge the thousands of hardworking government workers and members of our nation's flight kraoufplt without their service, air

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:23:44 to 1:24:04( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: travel would not be possible. i'm pleased they support this bill. i also note the important worker safety provisions this legislation provides workers in the aviation industry. congress has passed 17 short-term extensions of this authorization. it's time for a permanent fix. it's time to pass this bill. it will provide stability, safety and jobs for both the

Benjamin L. Cardin

1:24:05 to 1:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: airline industry and its passengers. it promotes jobs, consumer and travel protection, homegrown technology innovation and reductions of fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission. with that i congratulate the chairman for the work he has done.

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