Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
|For Immediate Release: |
May 6, 2008
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553
Boxer: Obstructionism Means More Delays for Airline Passengers
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today made the following statement after Republican Senators blocked the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, legislation to modernize the FAA and our air traffic control system, improve safety inspections, and protect the rights of the flying public.
“This is a sad day in the
“Our Republican colleagues like to say that they're the party that should be trusted with
“And last, but certainly not least, they voted against helping our air passengers when they're stranded on the tarmac.
“I want the American people to understand this: The next time they are stranded on an airplane and they are wondering why they can’t get off the plane or why they don't have food or water after four hours sitting there, it’s, frankly, because of Republican obstructionism in the United States Senate.
“Rather than protecting the American people and ensuring that we have the safest aviation system possible, Senate Republicans once again chose to take their marching orders from President Bush. Rather than make the changes necessary to protect our people, they chose the status quo again.“Today’s vote just means more delays for the flying public and, frankly, skies that are not as safe as they should be.”