3407 Families Prepare for Post-Recess Push on FAA Reauthorization; Up Next is Senate’s Finance Committee Print

Buffalo, NY-September 02, 2009- As Congress prepares to return from its recess next week, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ announced plans to keep up the pressure on Capitol Hill until the FAA Reauthorization Act makes its way to President Obama’s desk with critical safety provisions already introduced in both the House and Senate.

“August 12th marked the six month anniversary, and our group remains 100% committed to ensuring that everything possible is done to make sure that no other families have to suffer through a horrible tragedy like this,” declared Scott Maurer of Moore, South Carolina, who lost his daughter Lorin in the accident. “We will be back in Washington next week, and will continue to make our presence felt until this legislation is passed."

The group, which has trekked to the Nation’s Capital eight times since May, has now held over 40 meetings in the Senate, 20 meetings in the House of Representatives, testified at hearings in both houses, and has spoken with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

“The Finance Committee is now up to bat, and we hope that they follow the lead of the Commerce Committee in avoiding the controversial issues that have held up the Reauthorization in recent years,” stated group member Kevin Kuwik. “We look forward to taking our cause to the office of Senator Baucus and other committee members next week. The fate of so many key safety reforms is tied to the passage of this bill, and we are pleading for a bipartisan effort to make sure that it gets enacted.”

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