FAA Safety Legislation Passes House & Senate | Transportation
WASHINGTON, D.C - Crucial legislation that will change pilot and co-pilot flight requirements passed the House of Represenatives late Thursday night, and then passed the Senate on Friday morning.
Representative Louise Slaughter, Representative Chris Lee and Represenative Brian Higgins all spoke to the House moments before the bill passed, thanking the families of Flight 3407 victims for their hard work and tireless efforts to ensure the legislation passed.
Kevin Kuwik, boyfriend of Lauren Mauer who died on Flight 3407, spoke to Channel 2 by phone from Washington, D.C. late Thursday and said the families were "thrilled" for the process to finally be moving ahead.
"At long last the hard work, dedication, and legislative astuteness of the families has paid off --the House and Senate have now passed critical safety provisions the families fought so hard for," said Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) in a statement released Friday morning. "The most effective tool we had whenever a Senator or Congressman would stand in the way was to say 'meet with the families', and inevitably, the virtue of the families' proposals and motives moved them to our position. This is a textbook example of a small group of people who, with only right on their side, were able to overcome large and powerful special interests. We hope and pray it happens more often in Washington. I was happy to play a role, but the families deserve all the credit."
The bill now has 2 days for it to be signed by the President before the FAA runs out of money. The deadline is Monday, August 2nd.
Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey and Photojournalist John Guinane's story about 3407 family members coming home from the historic week.
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