Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

Senate Proceeding on May 6th, 2008 :: 1:54:53 to 2:03:03
Total video length: 9 hours Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:130 Duration: 0:08:10 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

John Rockefeller

1:54:53 to 1:55:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of the united states -- pay -- we, that is, the taxpayers of the united states, pay taxes for these services. this is not a privateent pries matter. we need to start thinking about this agency very difrently,

John Rockefeller

1:54:53 to 2:03:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

1:55:07 to 1:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: that it is not meant to diminish the people that work for the f.a.a. or the agency. this is simply a comal for policy-makers. -- this is simply a policy a challenge for policy-makers. i believe this

John Rockefeller

1:55:18 to 1:55:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: is a challenge that this bill begins to address address. the act provides the f.a.a. with needed additional resources to do a lot of things. first and foremost we authorize 2 more safety inspectors.

John Rockefeller

1:55:29 to 1:55:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i don't know if that's enough. probably -- we authorize 200 more safety inspectors. why know if that's enough. probably isn't but the f.a.a. has always been overlooked. it's like the veterans administration

John Rockefeller

1:55:41 to 1:55:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: was overlooked until somebody wrote a story in "the washington post" that took this congress and just shook it from head to toe and we will never be the same again with respect to veterans. at least

John Rockefeller

1:55:58 to 1:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i pray that we won't and i don't believe we will. so the appropriations committee has already substantially increased f.a.a. funding for in inspectors for this fiscal year and this bill will give them

John Rockefeller

1:56:10 to 1:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the ability to do more in subsequent years because it is a multiyear bill. mr. president, i want to take a few minutes and outline the safety provisions in the bill that i believe will strengthen the

John Rockefeller

1:56:26 to 1:56:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: f.a.a.'s oversight of airlines. it makes sure that f.a.a.'s voluntary disclosure reporting process requires that the in inspectors verify the airlines -- actually, that they verify that the airlines actually

John Rockefeller

1:56:39 to 1:56:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: took the corrective actions this they state ed they would. that's like a teacher correcting a math test. it's one thing to take a math test. it is another thing to have it looked at and grade ed

John Rockefeller

1:56:54 to 1:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: and you find out whether you passed or not. it's very sense ible. it would evaluate if the air carrier had offered a comprehensive solution before accepting the disclosure. and confirms that the

John Rockefeller

1:57:06 to 1:57:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: corrective action is completed and adequate adequately addresses the problems disclosed. that's sense ible. that's in the bill. that's in the bill on which we dn't have a single vote all last week, except

John Rockefeller

1:57:23 to 1:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: for one procedural one. it ilements a process for second-level supervisory review of self-disclosures before they are accepted and closed. exception would not rest solely with one inspector. that's an important

John Rockefeller

1:57:41 to 1:57:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: statement. so you don't get cozy iness. inspectors change. it revises the f.a.a.'s post- post-employment guidance to require a cooling-off period of two years before an f.a.a. in inspector is hired at an

John Rockefeller

1:57:59 to 1:58:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: -- is hired at an air carrier he or she had previously inspected. well, we do that increasingly, but i can't think of a more important place to do it than in f.a.a. safety inspection. it implements a

John Rockefeller

1:58:12 to 1:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: process to track field office inspectors and alert the local, regional, and headquarters offices to overdue inspections. one of the problems is that people get way behind on inspections. the airlines do the

John Rockefeller

1:58:30 to 1:58:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: f.a.a. doe a lot of paperwork, all the problems with an underfunded agency which we in the congress and administrations administrations, both republican and democratic, have tended to put in a secondary

John Rockefeller

1:58:53 to 1:59:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: category. the process must incorporate something called the air transportation oversight system, atos. that determines full compliance with airworthiness directives at a carrier over a five-year period

John Rockefeller

1:59:06 to 1:59:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: that incorporates physical inspection of a sample of their aircraft. it establishes an independent re review through government accountability -- the office of that, to review and investigate air safety issues

John Rockefeller

1:59:20 to 1:59:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: identified by its employees. itevelops a new review team, national, under the supervision of the transportation inspector general -- that is shall , the d.o.t. i.g. -- that conducts periodic reviews

John Rockefeller

1:59:36 to 1:59:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of the carriers. it requires a comprehensive re review of training train academy training efforts and establishes standard standards to identify the acceptable number of developed mental controllers

John Rockefeller

1:59:51 to 2:00:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: at each facility. that is not a shakespeareian paragraph, but i hope the presiding officer and the rank ranking member on the finance committee understand what i'm saying.| mr. president, as a recent

John Rockefeller

2:00:05 to 2:00:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: "new york times" article said, "one of the most critical challenges in aviation safety is improving safety conditions on our nation's runways and back at them." over the past year we've seen a marked

John Rockefeller

2:00:22 to 2:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: increase in the number of serious misses on our nation's increasingly crowded runways. again, this legislation includes provisions to reduce the number of runway incursions. and it does so in the following

John Rockefeller

2:00:34 to 2:00:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: manner -- and i will be finished for the moment. first the bill requires that the f.a.a. develop a plan for reduction of runway incursions through all commercial airports, establishing a process

John Rockefeller

2:00:53 to 2:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: for tracking and investigating both runway incursions and operational errors that includes random auditing of the oversight process. that is not shakespearean either, but it's precisely abg are a and it

John Rockefeller

2:01:10 to 2:01:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: -fs -- precisely accurate and is what needs to be done. it directs the f.a.a. to develop a plan for the development or the deployment of an alert system designed to reduce these near misses. this alert

John Rockefeller

2:01:27 to 2:01:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: system must notify both air traffic controllers and flight crews about potential runway incursions. the establishment of the system is one of the ntsb's highest aviation safety priorities. in addition,

John Rockefeller

2:01:43 to 2:01:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the bill requires a number of other safety provisions, including a provision to reduce the the flammability of airplane fuel strikes. i know the issue is a priority for senator schumer. improving the

John Rockefeller

2:01:53 to 2:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: safety of our nation's aviation system is one of the most paramount objectives of this bill. i believe that we made substantial progress with respect to this. i look forward to further debate on the safety

John Rockefeller

2:02:06 to 2:02:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: provisions as senators come to the floor, and i welcome any input that might improve these sections of the bill, but even more importantly that might actually get us to a point where we can vote on a bill.

John Rockefeller

2:02:23 to 2:02:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i thank the presiding officer. i do yield the floor. mr. rockefeller: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from west virginia. mr. rockefeller: i have six unanimous consent requests for committees

John Rockefeller

2:02:31 to 2:02:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the approval of the majority and the minority leaders. i ask unanimous consent that these requests be agreed to and these requests be printed in

John Rockefeller

2:02:51 to 2:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. rockefeller: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer:

Chuck Grassley

2:03:03 to 2:03:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: i ask that the quorum be call be -- quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. grassley: mr. president, i have two unanimous consent

Chuck Grassley

2:03:03 to 2:17:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid