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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Supports Five Year Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and Other Important Programs

Sep 27, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, Congressman Sires voted in favor of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its many programs for five years; and to pass the Disaster Recover Reform Act (DRRA), which reforms Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters.

“This reauthorization package includes many important safety and passenger rights provisions that I am proud to support,” said Congressman Sires. “They include a provision to require the FAA to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats, including pitch and width; a provision taking care of our nation’s flight attendants by mandating that they receive at least 10 hours of rest between duty periods; and a provision prohibiting airlines from involuntarily bumping passengers who have already boarded.”

The bill also includes $1.7 billion in relief funding to help communities affected by Hurricane Florence, which has so far taken 29 lives and caused $38 billion in property damage, begin the process of rebuilding their lives. “The government has a responsibility to help Americans recover from natural disasters, and I am glad that Congress has acted quickly to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Florence.”

This legislative package also includes DRRA, which reforms FEMA programs by ensuring that post-disaster assistance is used in pre-disaster mitigation projects. This bill was approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 398 to 23.