REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) REAUTHORIZATION AND HIS AMENDMENT TO EXAMINE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR THE NATION’S BUSIEST AIRPORTS

April 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on passage and inclusion of his Amendment No. 43 to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization.

Rep. Espaillat’s amendment states that no later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study that examines the ground transportation options at the nation’s 10 busiest airports in order to understand the impact of new and emerging transportation options for travelers to get into and out of airports, including the fees charged to ground transportation providers for airport access.

“We live in a globally connected society and our infrastructure and transportation systems should be accessible, reliable and secure. This amendment ensures that the nation’s busiest airports are capable to meet the growing demands of travel operations around the country to ensure the safety, reliability, and affordability for customers,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13).

The House passed the 5-year reauthorization of the FAA bill, which will now move to the Senate for consideration. In addition to this amendment, Rep. Espaillat also offered four amendments, which Republicans in the Rules Committee did not allow to move forward; these would have included legislation to standardize the treatment of animals aboard airplanes and to implement mandatory animal welfare training for employees; the establishment of a program to assist bollard installation projects within 25 miles of airports; and a requirement that airport lactation areas include storage for expressed breast milk.

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

Media inquiries: Candace Randle Person at Candace.Person@mail.house.gov