May 15, 2024, Buffalo, New York– The Families of Flight 3407 wish to express their gratitude to the U.S. House of Representatives for the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill by an overwhelming majority (387-26).  This bipartisan legislation ensures the continued safety and oversight of our nation’s aviation system for the next five years.  

We are especially grateful to Chairman Sam Graves and Ranking Member Rick Larsen of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their leadership and dedication to aviation safety. Their efforts were vital in advancing this important bill.

We also extend our sincere thanks to Chairman Garrett Graves and Ranking Member Steve Cohen of the House Aviation Subcommittee. Their commitment to maintaining rigorous safety standards is deeply appreciated and essential for the protection of the flying public.

Additionally, we must specially recognize the steadfast support of our Western New York representatives: Nick Langworthy, Claudia Tenney, and former Congressman Brian Higgins. Their advocacy was pivotal in ensuring that pilot qualification standards established in the Airline Safety Act of 2010 remain unchanged.   In addition, we thank newly elected Congressman Tim Kennedy for his vote in favor of passage of this bill.

Lastly, we must express our appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the staff members of all the representatives involved. Their hard work and commitment behind the scenes were crucial to the success of this legislation.

The passage of this bill is a significant victory for aviation safety. We are grateful for the efforts of everyone involved in this legislative success.