Vice Chair Crowley Statement on Department of Transportation’s Tentative Norwegian Air Decision

April 15, 2016
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s tentative approval of Norwegian Air International's flag-of-convenience scheme that would allow it to operate in the United States. In 2014, Crowley led a letter signed by 23 Members of Congress to DOT expressing concerns about Norwegian Air International’s petition.

“I am very disappointed by this decision, particularly in light of overwhelming opposition from Members of Congress. My colleagues and I have sent multiple letters regarding the great threat this arrangement would pose to American jobs and fair competition in the airline industry. More than 200 members of the House and Senate are on record opposing Norwegian Air International’s application, and Congress passed legislative language directing the Department of Transportation in this matter. The decision to bypass the intent of Congress greatly concerns me and I plan to look into further actions we can take before the 21-day review period ends.”

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.