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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Working To Reauthorize FAA Before Deadline

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senate efforts to reach Friday’s impending deadline to reauthorize FAA, to ensure safety for travelers and federal workers . Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Last night, I filed cloture on the underlying bill and the Cantwell substitute amendment, with the next procedural vote scheduled for tomorrow.

All of us need to work constructively and with urgency to finish the job on FAA. Nobody – absolutely nobody – should want us to slip past the deadline because that would needlessly increase risks for so many travelers and so many federal workers.

To get FAA done, we need three things: cooperation, haste, and a common desire to get to yes. Any single member who insists on an extraneous change will only increase the likelihood that we miss the deadline. God forbid something should happen when we do.

I hope that we will finish this job very soon, so we can send a bill to the House in time for them to act. I thank Chair Cantwell, the ranking member of the committee, Cruz, and all my colleagues who have worked assiduously to get FAA done.