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Higgins Actively Fighting Legislation Putting Flight Safety Improvements at Risk

Mar 30, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is working diligently behind the scenes in Washington, D.C.  to prevent the House of Representatives from passing an amendment that threatens great strides in federal flight safety improvements made following the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in Western New York.

“This isn’t going down without a fight,” said Congressman Higgins.   “It took hundreds of hours of meetings, dozens of hearings, and over a year to build the flight safety changes that are credited with making our skies safer for air travelers, a feat only made possible through the tireless efforts of Flight 3407 families.  Efforts to dismantle this progress puts lives at risk.”

Working closely with Flight 3407 families Congressman Higgins pushed for, and last July Congress approved, sweeping new aviation safety requirements for pilots and airlines which included new transparencies for regional carriers, increased training for pilots and new policies to protect against pilot fatigue.

An amendment under consideration this week would make it more difficult for the FAA to implement the aviation safety reforms like the pilot fatigue regulations by imposing additional requirements on the rulemaking process. 

“It’s very frustrating that this amendment could undermine all of the progress and effort we have made on flight safety,” added Flight 3407 family member Karen Eckert. 

Congressman Higgins’ office met with flight 3407 families in DC on Monday to discuss the matter.  Higgins’ office is reaching out to other offices over the phone and will be issuing a letter to his colleagues.