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Congressman Sires Participates in Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Markup Supporting Passage of Several Bills, Including Aircraft Certification Reform Legislation

Oct 1, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, Congressman Albio Sires participated in a House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure markup that advanced several bipartisan bills, including H.R. 8408, the Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act, which aims to reform the broken aircraft certification process that led to the two tragic crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts in 2018 and 2019.

“Yesterday the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure approved the passage of key bipartisan legislation that will save countless lives,” stated Congressman Sires. “I am proud to support this important bill that includes essential reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) flawed aircraft certification process that led to two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts. This legislation comes as a direct result of the findings in the Committee’s final report on the investigation into the crashes, which took place within five months of each other. Ultimately, the findings of the report proved that reform over the certification process is urgently needed, which is why I am proud to support this legislation. While I am outraged by Boeing’s negligence and disregard for human life, I am also hopeful that this legislation fixes these dire failures in the aircraft certification process. I continue to voice my solidarity with the families of the 346 victims and am confident this legislation will close loopholes and lead to meaningful change.”

H.R. 8408, the Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act, requires U.S. aircraft and aerospace industry manufacturers to adopt safety management systems, which include non-punitive, confidential safety reporting programs for their employees. The bill also requires an expert review panel to evaluate Boeing’s safety culture, and prohibits a manufacturer’s failure to disclose, to pilots and the FAA, detailed information on systems that can alter an airplane’s flightpath without pilot command and other augmentation and auto-flight systems. Additionally, the bill prohibits the delivery of airplanes that do not conform to their FAA-approved type designs except under limited circumstances, and more.

The Committee also passed several other bipartisan bills and thirty-three General Services Administration’s (GSA) Capital Investment and Leasing Program resolutions including: H.R. 8266, the FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020, which Congressman Sires is an original cosponsor of; H.R. 4358, the Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2019; H.R. 8326, the CED Act; H.R. 4611, the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II; and H.R. 5919, the National Children’s Museum Act. Of the thirty-three GSA resolutions that passed, one included the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Building located at 11 Centre Street in Newark, New Jersey.