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Senate Proceeding on Mar 18th, 2010 :: 2:25:15 to 2:36:30
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Amy Klobuchar

2:25:11 to 2:25:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: using the earmark process until the deficit is erase i urge my colleagues to consider this proposal and reconsider their opposition to it madam president, i yield the floor. ms. klobuchar: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: madam president, i rise today in support of the

Amy Klobuchar

2:25:15 to 2:36:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

2:25:33 to 2:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: bill that's before us, the f.a. reauthorization legislation which is currently on the floor. i want to thank senator dorgan from the neighboring state to minnesota, the state of north dakota, for his leadership with this committee and on the subcommittee and also i'm proud to be a member of that subcommittee and to have worked

Amy Klobuchar

2:25:54 to 2:26:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: on this bill. the air transportation system is important to all americans and certainly to the people of my state. minnesota is the childhood home of charles lindbergh, and today we are home to a major0 hub of delta, which was previously northwest airlines in our state, that flies people literally all over the world.

Amy Klobuchar

2:26:18 to 2:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we are also home to cirrus aircraft, which is one of the manufaurers of smaller planes up in duluth, and we have thousands of pils and airline employees who fly each and every day, both for their enjoyment as well as for their livelihood. as anyone who's recently flown on an airplane knows, our airport transport system is strained and it is subject to

Amy Klobuchar

2:26:40 to 2:27:00( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: increased congestion and increased delay. and recent incidents have, in fact, called into question the safety of our commercial aircraft as well as the traing of a few of the pilots, notable incidents, who fly them. we know that for the most part we have a very good air system, but we know that tre must be improvements, especially if

Amy Klobuchar

2:27:01 to 2:27:21( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we're going to compete on a global basis with other countries that are working to update their air traffic systems. as a member of the senate commerce committee's bcommittee on aviation and someone who has worked hard to bring this legislation to the floor, i know that this bill will address many of the concerns that the people of our country have.

Amy Klobuchar

2:27:22 to 2:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: first, this legislation incorporates important safety improvements. the tragedy of colgan air flight number 3407, which crashed outside of buffalo in february of last year, brought the safety of our airlines back into the public eye and raised new questions about the safety of regional aircraft and the training and experience of the

Amy Klobuchar

2:27:43 to 2:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: pilots who fly them. we have had many hearings, thanks to senator dorgan, on this tragedy, and every single time there are victims, there are families of people who were killed in that crash in the hearing room to remind us of the changes that need to be made. pilots for regional carriers are in some cases not trained as

Amy Klobuchar

2:28:05 to 2:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: well as for major carriers, they are overtired and they are underpaid. in fact, some regional pilots earn so little that they take second and sometimes third jobs. and many pilots live far away from their bases, leading to long commutes and even longer hours spent waiting in airports. the facts surrounding the buffalo crash bear this out.

Amy Klobuchar

2:28:26 to 2:28:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the first officer, who earned around $20,000 a year, flew to newark on a red-eye flight on the day of the accident. she arrived at 6:30 a.m. and reports indicate she spent the entire day in the newark airport sending text messaged t messages to her friends before her shift began. e evidence also suggests that

Amy Klobuchar

2:28:47 to 2:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the pilot was up for large parts of t night before the plane. once on the plane, the pilot and first officer broke f.a.a. policy by engaging in nonessential banter and conversation during critical times of the flight. and the flight data recorder dicated that the crew was inexperienced, poorly trained and ill-prepared for the tough weather conditions that night. as the first officer told the pilot -- and this is an exact quote, and i'll never forget

Amy Klobuchar

2:29:08 to 2:29:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this, being from minnesota where we have a lot of icing issues, where, in fact, senator wellstone was killed in a plane crash in part because of poor pilot training and icing issues. the quote of the firstfficer on that plane before that plane went down, the plane in buffalo, "i've never seen icing conditions. i've never deiced.

Amy Klobuchar

2:29:29 to 2:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i've never experienced any of that." imagine the chilling effect of those words on the families of those who died in that crash. many people in my state rely on regional jets to connect them to each other and to the world. as i have said before, passengers should be as safe on a regional carrier going from

Amy Klobuchar

2:29:50 to 2:30:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: minneapolis to bimigi, as they ould be on a boeing 767 flying from los angeles to new york. this legislation will help us do just that. in particular, the bill will require the f.a.a. to adopt new rules on pilot fatigue, rules that haven't been updated since the 1950's. and the bill will boost pilot training, requiring that pilots

Amy Klobuchar

2:30:11 to 2:30:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: meet certain standards before being allowed in the cockpit. so we won't have to hear those words again, senator dorgan, i have never seen icing conditions, i have never de-iced, i have never experienced any of that. in short, this legislation will help raise the safety standards for regional jets and pilots and ensure one level of safety for all commercial aircraft in this

Amy Klobuchar

2:30:32 to 2:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: country. and the thing that i most remember from these hearings is that there is an argument -- that they aren't arguing that regional flights are more difficult than the passengers flights. they land and land and land and have shorter flights. it is actually more tiring and have a better chance of encountering bad weather conditions. we should have one level of

Amy Klobuchar

2:30:53 to 2:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: safety for all commercial aircraft in this country. madam president, recent safety incidences have not only highlighted concerns with regional airlines but with the major carriers as well. in 2008, we learned that some major carriers had kept flying aircraft in need of necessary repairs and that the f.a.a. may have actually known about it. the disclosure of these safety

Amy Klobuchar

2:31:15 to 2:31:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: lapses led to the thousands of flight cancellations. these safety lapses and cancellations raised questions about the f.a.a.'s ability to enforce our safety laws and regulations. what we learned was troubling. the department of transportation's inspector general described a -- quote -- overly collaborative relationship, end quote, between f.a.a. management and the

Amy Klobuchar

2:31:36 to 2:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: airlines that they regulated. to help recalibrate the balance between the f.a.a. and the carriers, senator snowe and i introduced the aviation safety enhancement act to ensure that the f.a.a. does more than just trust that the airlines comply with all federal safety regulations. in particular, the legislation which has been incorporated into the f.a.a. re-authorization bill

Amy Klobuchar

2:31:59 to 2:32:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we're now considering puts a stop to the so-called reinvolving door between the f.a.a. and the carriers by requiring a cooling off period for f.a.a. inspectors before they can work for the airlines and interact with the f.a.a. it also establishes a whistleblower office in the f.a.a. and creates a roving national review board that will travel around to various f.a.a.

Amy Klobuchar

2:32:20 to 2:32:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: inspection offices to conduct safety reviews and unannounced audits. these unannounced safety audits are important. you know, i tend to straighten up my house a bit before i know my mother-in-law is coming over, and that's why i know that if you have an unannounced visit, you might have a different result than an announced visit, and these unannounced safety

Amy Klobuchar

2:32:41 to 2:33:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: audits will be very important to make sure that things are in order, that facilities are in order and help ensure that the carriers remain focused on safety and that the f.a.a. remains true to its mission, to protect the american flying public. madam president, we also need to pass this f.a.a. re-authorizati bill because it would put a passenger bill of rights into law.

Amy Klobuchar

2:33:02 to 2:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the need for a passenger bill of rights w made clear to me and other minnesotans last summer. just ask link christian. on august 7, link was aboard continental flight 2816, a flight from houston intercontinental to minneapolis minneapolis-st. paul when it was redirected to the rochester

Amy Klobuchar

2:33:23 to 2:33:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: airport in rochester, minnesota, due to bad weather. it landed just after midnight and passengers weren't allowed off the plane until 6:00 a.m. the next day. midnight until 6:00 a.m. the passengers described the experience as a nightmare, saying that they weren't given any food or drinks during the wait, things smelled, there were babies on the pla. it's like common sense had flown

Amy Klobuchar

2:33:44 to 2:34:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: out the window but the windows weren't open. no passengers should have to go through what link and the other passengers aboard continental flight 2816 went through, forceed to remain on the tarmac for sick hours without food in an increasingly uncomfortable cabin atmosphere and denied the opportunity to deplane when the airport wasnly yards away. so the f.a.a. re-authorization

Amy Klobuchar

2:34:05 to 2:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: bill we're considering today helps ensure that we don't have any more stories like christian's. i appreciate secretary lahood's leadership on this issue already, but we should be putting this in law. in particular, the bill would require that airlines provide passengers with food, water, and adequate rest rooms during a delay. the passenger bill of rights would also require airlines to

Amy Klobuchar

2:34:26 to 2:34:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: return to the gate once the plane has sat on the ground for three hours or 3.5 hours if the pilot thinks the plane will take off before that time. finally, madam president, this bill helps upgrade our air traffic control system to the next generation or nextgen system of air traffic control technologies. you know, we focused a lot

Amy Klobuchar

2:34:47 to 2:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: lately on roads and bridges, which i know coming from minnesot where the bridge fell down in the middle of a summer day are critical and important parts of our nation's infrastructure, but our national aviation infrastructure is just as important. the current air traffic control technology developed in the 1950's and used by the f.a.a. today is based on outdated

Amy Klobuchar

2:35:08 to 2:35:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: technology that relies on ground-based radar systems, voice communications, and fragmented weather forecasts. with nextgen, a system that uses satellites rather than ground-based radar, both pilots and controllers will have the benefit of virtual maps, up to date weather reports, and other real-time information. the result -- a more efficient

Amy Klobuchar

2:35:30 to 2:35:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: use of our airspace, safer skies and less congested airports. that'something we should all be able to support. and so in this, we make sure that nextgen is a national priority by giving it the resources and the attention it needs to get the program up and running. madam president, the aviation

Amy Klobuchar

2:35:51 to 2:36:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: system is too crucial a piece of our nation's infrastructure and too important to our nation's economy to let the system's problems go unaddressed. this bill modernizes our air traffic contl system, our air transport system. it puts in that passenger bill of rights. it does something about pilot safety and training and all the

Amy Klobuchar

2:36:12 to 2:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: things that we know need to get done here, and it helps to ensure that our system is, in fact, the safest in the world. we have waited too long to pass this bill, madam president, but now is the time when the rubber meets the runway. it is time to pass the f.a.a. re-authorization, and i urge my colleagues to support this bill.

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