Vice Chair Crowley Statement on House FAA Reauthorization Bill

Feb 3, 2016 Issues: In the Community

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, issued the statement below following the release of Republican legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration:

“There is no question we need a long-term FAA reauthorization that ensures the safety of the flying public, makes investments in research and development, and helps create good-paying jobs. Unfortunately, as the bill currently stands, I have many concerns, including that it contains an attempt to privatize air traffic control. However, if there is a silver lining, it is that we may finally see a concerted effort to address the very serious issue of aircraft noise pollution.

“In my district, which includes LaGuardia Airport, aircraft noise pollution plagues our communities – disrupting my constituents’ ability to sleep, learn and enjoy daily life. I am pleased this bill aims to respond to these concerns by requiring the FAA to assess the impact of noise pollution on communities near airports and make recommendations to Congress.

“As the process moves forward, I hope there is opportunity to make improvements and ensure this legislation addresses the needs of the FAA, the traveling public, and airport-adjacent communities while maintaining our position as a leader in aviation.”

Crowley is the author of The Silent Skies Act, legislation that aims to improve the quality of life for communities heavily impacted by aircraft noise pollution. In addition to leading legislation, Crowley has worked extensively with community leaders, federal officials, and representatives from New York City and State to abate the congestion and noise that schools, businesses, and homes are subjected to because of their close proximity to LaGuardia Airport. In April 2001, Crowley authored a plan to alleviate community concerns associated with the airport. In 2002, he secured $100,000 in federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out an air quality and noise study in the neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia. He also secured $240,000 for LaGuardia Airport Noise Monitors to track airport noise at LaGuardia and ensure curfews were being met.

In 2014, Crowley co-founded the Quiet Skies Caucus in Congress, which works to raise awareness on the issue of aircraft noise and find meaningful solutions to the problem. The caucus consists of members from across the country whose constituents are adversely affected by incidents of airplane and helicopter noise.