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DeFazio and Larsen Encourage FAA Administrator to Use the Full Weight of Federal Law to Protect Airline Passengers and Crews Ahead of Inauguration

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After last week’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, groups are reportedly planning to return to D.C. next week to sow discord Among other things, DeFazio and Larsen urge the FAA Administrator to both pursue stiff civil penalties against those who interfere with crewmembers’ duties, as well as refer violations to the Department of Justice and other authorities Read more »

Larsen Votes to Override President Trump’s Veto of the National Defense Authorization Act

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to override President Trump’s veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted by proxy after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus last week. Read more »

Larsen Statement in Response to Oil Train Derailment in Whatcom County

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WHATCOM COUNTY, WA - Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement in response to the oil train derailment in Whatcom County: “I am concerned about the oil train derailment in Custer, WA. I worked closely with the Obama administration to create strong rules to make the transport of oil by rail safer. Clearly there... Read more »

Larsen: Pandemic Relief is a Down Payment to Protect Washingtonians’ Health, Economic Security

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to deliver much needed relief to families and small businesses in Northwest Washington who continue to struggle from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »

Larsen Outlines Priorities for Next COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) urged Congress to address the continued public health crisis and deliver real relief for Washingtonians, families and small businesses. In a letter to House and Senate leadership, Larsen outlined his top priorities for any upcoming pandemic relief legislation. “With a third wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country, passing a comprehensive fed... Read more »

Larsen Statement on FAA's Decision to Unground the Boeing 737 MAX

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen, Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, released the below statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to unground the Boeing 737 MAX: “The FAA’s decision to unground the 737 MAX is good news for us in the Pacific Northwest. The decision provides some certainty to the aerospace jobs in Northwest Washington, despite the downturn in aviat... Read more »

Larsen-Led Resolution Raises Awareness on Importance of Drone Safety

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Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Garret Graves (LA-06), the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member, and Sharice Davids (KS-03), the Subcommittee’s Vice Chair, introduced a bipartisan resolution designating the week of November 16 – 22, 2020, as National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Read more »

In the Wake of the Boeing 737 MAX Tragedies, T&I Leaders Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen FAA’s Certification Process and Improve the Aviation Regulatory System

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Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) joined Subcommittee on Aviation Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) in applauding House passage of H.R. 8408, the “Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act,” their legislation to strengthen the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) aircraft certification process in response to the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in a span of less than five months. Read more »

Larsen, Beyer Introduce Bill to Prepare U.S. Aviation for Future Public Health Emergencies

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced the National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act of 2020, legislation to require the development of a national aviation preparedness plan for future public health emergencies. The bill builds on similar language Larsen championed in the House-passed HEROES Act and the Healthy Flights Act of 2020. Read more »