After U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) inserted language into the FAA reauthorization bill to restrict helicopter routes on Long Island, observers predicted it was only a matter of time before other legislators followed suit elsewhere. Another member of Congress is now proposing specific legislation to regulate airspace in his district in an attempt to mollify special interests. U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) recently introduced H.R.
People from California
Early last month President Bush departed for a month-long hiatus in Texas and just about the same time Congress opted to take its August recess. So, the dog days of August descended on a more or less deserted legislative Washington.
Lawmakers escaped the dog days of August in Washington by taking a vacation and returned the first week of September to face a multitude of concerns, though few involve aviation.
The comity promised by new House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lasted all of about 24 hours when the 110th Congress convened last month. As part of the Democrat majority’s 100 legislative-hour program, the chamber passed new ethics rules designed to keep lobbyists distanced from lawmakers and their staffs.