Reviewing the Department of Transportation's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that Clarifies the Rules Regarding Foreign Investment in U.S. Air Carriers, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, May 9, 2006 [open pdf - 905KB]
From the opening statement of Conrad Burns: "Today, we review the recently issued Department of Transportation supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that seems to clarify the rules regarding foreign investment in U.S. air carriers. Since 1926, Federal law has required U.S. air carriers, including cargo carriers, to be owned or controlled by citizens of the United States. The Department of Transportation is tasked with enforcing those statutes. One criteria of that enforcement is a citizenship review of who is in actual control of the airline. The interpretation and impacts of actual control of an airline will be examined today. Currently, both the House and Senate versions of the supplemental appropriations bill contain, in one form or another, provisions blocking this rulemaking. Conference meetings will soon commence on that bill, and I am hopeful that this hearing will assist us in making a principled decision on how to ultimately address this issue." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Conrad Burns, Byron L. Dorgan, Frank R. Lautenberg, Trent Lott, John McCain, Mark Pryor, John Mica, James L. Oberstar, Jeffrey N. Shane, Frederick W. Smith, Jeffery Smisek, Michael G. Whitaker, Duane Woerth, Earl B. Boyanton, Jr., John Ensign, Daniel K. Inouye, and Ted Stevens.
S. Hrg. 109-1124; Senate Hearing 109-1124
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