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Senate Proceeding on Jul 30th, 2010 :: 0:27:15 to 0:38:55
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Byron Dorgan

0:26:59 to 0:27:19( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: passengers onboard. killing flight attendants -- a flight attendant, two pilots, and one person on the ground as well. when we dissected what happened that evening, it's pretty unbelievable. now, it may be that this is one sthairk has occurred only in -- circumstance that has occurred only in that situation. i doubt it. neither pilot had slept in a bed

Byron Dorgan

0:27:15 to 0:38:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Byron Dorgan

Byron Dorgan

0:27:20 to 0:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: the night before. one traveled all the way across the united states from seattle, washington, to laguardia, new york, just to reach her duty station to go to work. think of it. traveling all night because you commute to your job from seattle to new york. then get in an airplane and fly an airplane.

Byron Dorgan

0:27:41 to 0:28:02( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: that was the copilot that flew the right seat, a person who was, reports said, paid somewhere around $20,000 or $22,000 a year, had to have a second job to make ends meet, and previously lived with her parents because of the very low salaries paid to pilots on commuter airlines. the pilot who flew the left seat

Byron Dorgan

0:28:03 to 0:28:24( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: had not slept the night before either. he -- the evidence was he was only in the crew lounge, where there are no beds. he commuted from tampa, florida, to -- i believe it was tampa. one of the florida cities. he commuted from one of the florida cities to laguardia to his work station. it's also the case as we looked

Byron Dorgan

0:28:25 to 0:28:47( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: at the transcript of theockpit recording, we found all kinds of very difficult circumstances that existed. the discussion by the copilot that she'd had very little training flying in icing. this is someone who's in a cockpit flying a commercial airline, saying i've had very little experience flying in icing. we took a look at the records of the pilot and discovered that

Byron Dorgan

0:28:48 to 0:29:09( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: the pilot had failed on multiple occasions some key exams and sufficient so that had the airline known that, the airline said we wouldn't have hired that pilot had we know of those failures, except that the pilot's records were not transparent to the airline. and so the list goes on, and it's -- it's about the training

Byron Dorgan

0:29:10 to 0:29:31( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: regime and stick shakers or stick pushers in the cockpit dealing with the circumstances that evening. the question is: was this just an isolated instance or have we learned something here that ought to be very concerning to all of us about safety in the skies? and so we've included a number of recommendations in the f.a.a. reauthorization bill dealing

Byron Dorgan

0:29:32 to 0:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: with safety. some of those recommendations are now sent to us by the house of representatives today in the two-month extension and so we will go ahead and adopt those and they will become law. it is not -- it doesn't represent all of the safety issue as that we have included in the senate f.a.a. reauthorization bill.

Byron Dorgan

0:29:53 to 0:30:15( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: it represents significant and important safety recommendations. it deals with f.a.a. pilot records database and access to that database. the number of hours that are required for a piecialghts getting in a cockpit -- for a pilot, get in a cockpit, 1,5

Byron Dorgan

0:30:16 to 0:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: hours as opposed to the 500. that standard is aplied in both -- in the house bill and also in the discussions that we have had leading up to this point with the house negotiators. include issues such as the pilot training issues, safety inspectors, flight crewmember

Byron Dorgan

0:30:37 to 0:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: monitoring, development and leadership, a range of things that are very, very important. the f.a.a. is also involved separately on issues dealing with fatigue. they are not at this point, i don't believe, dealing with commuting. but i think commuting is an issue and has to be dealt w the point is, the f.a.a.

Byron Dorgan

0:30:58 to 0:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: reauthorization bill is not now going to be passed. we will instead pass a 60-day extension until the end of september, and the extension will include the safety provisions that i have just described. i want to mention as well that the families of the victims of

Byron Dorgan

0:31:24 to 0:31:44( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: colgan air crash, in my opinion, need to receive a lot of credit for pushing these issues and macing sure that those -- a making sure that those loved ones they lost in that crash, whose memory they labor in to try to make these caned of changes -- these kind of changes and push the dong do what is necessary to improve safety, i really believe that

Byron Dorgan

0:31:45 to 0:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: the families have done very substantial work and very important work. at every hearing that i have held on the issue of safety, those family members have been present, and they have -- and they wear on their lapels and on their suit jackets photographs of their loved ones. and they're doing that because they want to make sure that this doesn't happen again.

Byron Dorgan

0:32:07 to 0:32:28( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: so i -- my heart goes out to them, and i also say thanks to them for doing the kind of work they have done toake sure these issues don't fall by the wayside. let me make one final point. we have now from, oh, the period of perhaps three, four weeks in

Byron Dorgan

0:32:29 to 0:32:49( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: september and then a few weeks in a lame duck session to get the f.a.a. reauthorization bill done, and if it does not get done, then we will have once again failed. and i'm pretty familiar with that kind of failure. i've watched it time and time and time again.

Byron Dorgan

0:32:50 to 0:33:11( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: and without being disrespectful to any of my colleagues, i know there are a number of issues that are of concern and of controversy, and they deal with the issue of the perimeter rule at washington national airport, d.c. national, and also the slot provisions at d.c. national. and there are differences of

Byron Dorgan

0:33:12 to 0:33:33( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: opinion in this chamber, but i really believe we must resolve them. those shalls are not that significant -- those issues are not that significant. there's been discussion of 16 conversions that would not result in additional flights out of d.c. national. so it's not a case of somebody saying, let's have more flights. and i just hope that all of those who are involved in this

Byron Dorgan

0:33:34 to 0:33:54( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: discussion will find a way to reach compromise. this place doesn't work without compromise. if we have, you know, a dozen people digging in their heels, telling us that the way to resolve this issue is my way and if you don't like my way, i don't intend to do anything to allow anybody else to get anything done, well then this place doesn't work.

Byron Dorgan

0:33:55 to 0:34:15( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: and frankly we're closeo it not working very well. in the first instance -- last weaning we had another cloture vote -- we had another cloture vote and i know the majority leader felt strongly that we might have the opportunity to ghat vote. but it is symbolic, i guess, of this chamber these days a all year long we have had votes on

Byron Dorgan

0:34:16 to 0:34:36( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: motions to proceed on noncontroversial bills, cloture votes that require a cloture petition to be filed and then wait for two days and then have a cloture vote son a motion to proceed to a noncontroversial issue and then in addition to being required to file a cloture petition to shut off debate on

Byron Dorgan

0:34:37 to 0:34:57( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: something noncontroversial, once you get cloture with an overwhelming number of votes you have to wait 30 hours to take action. that's not legislating. that's just stalling. that's just obstruction. and we've just seen way too much of it in this chamber. but, at any rate, mr. president,

Byron Dorgan

0:34:58 to 0:35:18( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: i -- i sort of feel of two minds at the moment. number one, i'm very, very disappointed that we have to have another extension. i mean, it's over and over and over again, nothing much changes. extend, extend, extend, rather than do the kind of legislating we should do. we will do this extension to the end of september on the f.a.a.

Byron Dorgan

0:35:19 to 0:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: reauthorization bill. it relates to safety in the skies t relates to jobs, investment in the airport infrastructure in america, it relates to air traffic control modernization, all of those important issues, all of them again p on hold for another couple months. that's a profound disappoint as far as i'm concerned. but, even as disappointed as i am about that, let me just say

Byron Dorgan

0:35:42 to 0:36:02( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: that the safety provisions that we will now proceed to enact, sent to us in the bill by the house of representatives, those safety provisions are a significant step forward, and i'm pleased we're going to be able to do at the minimum this amount of work and more will be done, even on safety, when the

Byron Dorgan

0:36:03 to 0:36:23( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: senate bill, if the senate bill is ever able to be passed here in the senate and become law. so, with that having been said, let me say, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of h.r. 5900, the airline safetynd federal aviation administration

Byron Dorgan

0:36:24 to 0:36:44( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: extension act of 2010 that we have received from the house and is now at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 5 the 00, an act to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the airport and airway trust fund and so forth and for other purposes. mr. dorgan: mr. president, i ask -- the presiding officer: without

Byron Dorgan

0:36:45 to 0:37:07( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: obje proceed to the measure. mr. dorgan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the bill be read three times, passed, and the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, that any statements relating to the measure appear at the appropriate place in the record as if read, without further intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection.

Byron Dorgan

0:37:08 to 0:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: mr. dorgan: mr. president, let me finally say that, while i have mixed feelings about having done this, one regret and the other a strong feeling of accomplishment on the safety issues, i intend to come back to the floor in september and if we have not made progress to resolve the f.a. bill, i don't shout very much, but i said yesterday i've had a bellyful of

Byron Dorgan

0:37:30 to 0:37:54( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: this sort of thing, and i'm going 0 come to the floor and act very unlike luther norwegian, and you can count on that. let me also, with a couple of other unanimous consent requests, i ask unanimous consent th the senate proceed to the following postal naming bills en bloc, calendar numbers

Byron Dorgan

0:37:56 to 0:38:16( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: 489, 490, 491, s. 3567, h.r. 5278, h.r. 5395. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. dorgan: i ask unanimous consent that the bills be read a third time and passed en bloc, the motions to ronsider be laid on the table en bloc, with no intervening action or debate, and tha that any statements relating to the bills be placed in the

Byron Dorgan

0:38:17 to 0:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: record at the appropriate place as i the presiding officer: without objection. mr. dorgan: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s. submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. res. 602, expressing support for the goals and ideals of national infant

Byron Dorgan

0:38:41 to 0:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: mortality awareness month the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will broad to the measure. mr. dorgan: i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate, and any statements related to the resolution be

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