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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 7:42:00 to 7:50:45
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Max Baucus

7:41:56 to 7:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: sense, and that they continue to move the bill on through the legislate process. i am opposed to those amendments that would kill it and that would substantially harm it when this is something that's worked a long time through several committees to get it on moving forward. for those reasons, i support it, i support it as it is. i think we ought to move forward with it and move forward with it

Max Baucus

7:42:00 to 7:50:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

7:42:20 to 7:42:40( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: with some speed to help this to supportafety in flying in this country, to support this piece of mr. pre? mr. president, i'd yield the floor. mr. baucus: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: i would like to say a few words about the safeiation trust fund authorization. i support the bl, and i

Max Baucus

7:42:41 to 7:43:01( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: strongly urge my colleagues to support it as well. in addition to discussing the bill's specifics, i'd like to give some perspective about our current aviation system. our current system relies on the use of radio detection and ranging. more commonly known as radar.

Max Baucus

7:43:02 to 7:43:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: radawas once a tremendous leap forward. that is, it was a tremendous leap forward, right before world war ii. let me take a couple of moments to retrace the history of air traffic control, starting before radar. before radar, pilots followed prominent landmarks such as rivers, railroad lines to

Max Baucus

7:43:25 to 7:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: navigate their routes and naturally bad weather made travel hazardous. in the 1920's, commercial night flights relied on something called the transcontinental lighted airway. now, that's an impressive sounding name. a, a series of bo fires. local farmers maintained these

Max Baucus

7:43:46 to 7:44:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: bonfires across many parts of america. more areas could use gas fuel beconsequence. by 1922 the first civil aviation midair collision happened in france. that collision created awareness of the need for some sort of air traffic control. they i use the word "control" loosely. it took more than another ten years before this country's

Max Baucus

7:44:07 to 7:44:32( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: first air traffic control center opened up in newark, new jersey, 1935. the following year, additional senatorcenters went up in cleveland. all that changed with the

Max Baucus

7:44:36 to 7:44:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: establishment of radar before world war ii. during the war, radar gave the british an extraordinarily positive tool, a defensive tool for propelling attacks. cont allied powers were using it for offensive purposes.

Max Baucus

7:44:57 to 7:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: radar provided air cover in normandy. it enabled air raids deep into germany despite overcast skies. it helped us disrupt access power, shipping routes and attack the japanese navy. we spent more during the world war on radar than on the atomic bomb.

Max Baucus

7:45:18 to 7:45:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: no less an authority tn german grand admiral durnes, when captured at the end of the war, said this, "we fell behind technically. we were unable to build short-wave radar to compete with anglo-american improved radio equipment." following the war, radar was

Max Baucus

7:45:39 to 7:45:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: adapted for civil aviation. it spawned the tremendous rise of commercial air travel. incidentally, in led congress to properly fund aviation. in 1970, we established the airport and airways trust fund commonly referred to as the aviation trust fund. that's what we seek to reauthorize here today.

Max Baucus

7:46:00 to 7:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the aviation trust fund built on the success of the highway trust fund. the idea behind the aviatio ust fund was for theystem's users to pay for its upkeep and generally speaking the aviation trust fund is managed to do just that, to finance the needs of the air traveling public. the aviation trust fund receives

Max Baucus

7:46:22 to 7:46:43( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: about $12 billion a year in user-based taxes, much of this funding going into the airport improvement program. the airports in my state of montanarelie heavily on this. the -- rely heavily on it. the department of transportation has estimated that every $1 billion of funding creates more than 20,000 jobs throughout the united states economy.

Max Baucus

7:46:44 to 7:47:05( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: but now we need to do more. our system needs modernization. we need to improve safety and efficiency. we need to enable direct routes -- rather than flying along zigzag flight corridors since we have since the transcontinental lighted airway.

Max Baucus

7:47:06 to 7:47:27( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and we need to keep up with air traffic growth. just look at how bogged down our new york-new jersey airspace already is. we need continuous descent arrival to reduce amount of fuel that aircraft burn. this reduces both cost and air emissions. during a recent test in atlanta, delta air lines saved as many as

Max Baucus

7:47:28 to 7:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: gallons of fuel and cut carbon emissions by up to 1,250 pounds for every flight. the senate bill would fund the aviation trust fund for little more than three years and importantly the bill would provide needed funds for the establishment of nextgen. nextgen is the federal aviation administration's plan to use satellite-based technology in

Max Baucus

7:47:50 to 7:48:11( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: order to modernize the nation's air traffic system. we need to invest in it now. our 2010 trust fund established in the early 1970's is still funding ray damplet that's a technology that predates the second world war. some radar beconsequence are still located on the same sites

Max Baucus

7:48:12 to 7:48:32( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: as those early bonfires. nextgen will enable planes to use global positioning systems to continuously transmit lotion, speed -- transmit location and speed to controllers within 150 miles. that will improve efficiency and safety. this is a sea change. a number of other countries have already invested in

Max Baucus

7:48:33 to 7:48:54( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: satellite-tracking technology. the u.s. is behind the curve. we can change that with passage of this bill. so how do we pay for nextgen? the finance committee proposes the following: first, we set the tax for general aviation jet fuel at 36 cents a gallon. that's up from the current 21.9

Max Baucus

7:48:55 to 7:49:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: cents a gavment the general air forceiation community agreed to this proposal -- the general aviation community greed to this proposal. second, we treat partially owned planes as general aviation rather than commercia carriers. owners believe that this change will reserve their ability to fly and land in uranium. all told it will raise an

Max Baucus

7:49:18 to 7:49:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: additional $180 million to get nextgen started. more will be needed, especially given the rapid state of technological change. i know that both finance committee and the commerce committee plan to monitor nextgen's implementation. mr. president, we'll have a pretty good debate this week. i look forward to it. but first i want to thank my

Max Baucus

7:49:39 to 7:50:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: colleagues, especially senator rockefeller. i thank him for his willingness to seek a common ground. we've worked on for actually several years. we had an agreement a couple of years ago but due to the exaneous event was unable to be realized. senator rockefeller has written a very strong f.a. reauthorization. i especially appreciate his continued support for the

Max Baucus

7:50:01 to 7:50:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: essential air services program, a program that matters a great deal to my constituents in eastern montana. so let us adopt nextgen to improve safety and improve efficiency. let us reauthorize the aviation trust fund. it is time to bring american

Max Baucus

7:50:22 to 7:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: travel into the 21st century. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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