S. Hrg. 108-274: Departments of Transportation, Treasury and General Government, and Related Agencies Appropriations Fiscal Year for 2004: Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session on H.R. 2989/S. 1589, April 2, 9, May 8, 20, and 22, 2003   [open pdf - 14MB]

Senator Shelby: "Every year when it comes time to hold hearings on the upcoming fiscal year's budget request, it is likely that we will cover some of the same old ground. But, unlike other agencies or departments, the nature of the industry and facilities that the FAA regulates seem to be in a constant state of change. A few years ago we were concerned about hub concentration and the anti-competitive behavior. More recently, we turned our concern to airline treatment of passengers and system-wide delays. Now, we wonder where all the passengers have gone, whether the hubs will survive, and if the traditional airline structure will remain intact or if we will see something substantially different emerge as a result of all the upheaval. This is a very difficult time for virtually everyone involved in aviation: the passengers, communities, airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and the FAA. Passengers are anxious about flying in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. The terrorist threat alerts exacerbate people's fears about the vulnerability of our air transportation system to terrorism attack, and military operations to free Iraq have further increased the public's concern about the safety of flying. In addition, passengers are facing fewer choices in flight options as the air transportation market undergoes the first significant service contraction since deregulation. It is imperative that the FAA, that our government, implement innovative and aggressive approaches to dealing with our rapidly changing world. Collaborative help can make the FAA responsive to the needs of the public and the industry it regulates." This hearing aims to show how the FAA us responding to the evolving air transportation system. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert F. Bennet, Marion C. Blakey, Sam Brownback, Robert C. Byrd, Richard J. Durbin, Todd Grams, Wendy J. Hamilton, Charles Hurley, Donna McLean, Kenneth M. Mead, Barbara A. Mikulski, Norman Y. Mineta, Patty Murray, Gerard J. Reis, Teresa Mullet Ressel, Jeffrey W. Runge, Annette Sandberg, Jeffrey N. Shane, Richard C. Shelby, John Snow, Ted Stevens, and Robert E. Wenzel.

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