'Safety of Our Skies Too Important to Contract Out to the Lowest
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on passage of the Federal Aviation Administration
reauthorization bill. Despite united Democratic opposition, the
House of Representatives approved the conference report (H.R. 2115)
on a party-line vote of 211 to 207.
two days ago, the House voted unanimously to send the flawed FAA
conference report back to the conference committee. But the Republicans
denied Democrats any opportunity to meet in conference and fix the
FAA bill. Instead they have chosen to bring the legislation back
to the floor without the conference even having met. The only conference
they had was a press conference.
is outrageous. It is disgraceful and a disservice to this body.
tragically, it is part of a pattern. On the Medicare bill, on the
Energy bill, on the Iraq supplemental, the views of the Republican
leadership count, but the will of the people does not.
leadership is running roughshod over the safety of the American
people and the rights of their elected representatives. And why
are they doing it? Because the people disagree with them. More than
70 percent of the American people oppose privatization, but it is
in this conference report.
of our skies is too important to contract out to the lowest bidder.
This bill endangers everyone who flies. It continues to allow the
Administration to privatize the jobs of air traffic controllers
in some of our most important and vulnerable areas.
"To add insult to injury, the Republicans will vote to make
anti-terrorism training for flight attendants optional -- because
the airlines do not want to pay for it. With the memories of September
11th fresh in our minds, how can we abandon the safety of our flight
attendants and the passengers they must aid and protect in an emergency?
Administration continues to put political ideology over safety.
But nothing can be more important than the safety and security of
the American people."