Accountability & Oversight

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 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 »

T&I Leaders Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen FAA’s Certification Process and Improve the Regulatory System

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The comprehensive bill, which includes nearly 30 different sections, locks in new requirements on the disclosure of safety-critical information, increases civil penalties for violations, provides resources to FAA to recruit and retain highly-qualified staff, strengthens whistleblower protections, requires focused reviews of pilot training standards, and more. Read more »

Larsen, Graves Introduce Bill to Reinforce Human Factors in the Aircraft Certification Process

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06), Ranking Member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, introduced the Human Factors Improvements to Aircraft Certification Act, bipartisan legislation to prioritize the consideration of human factors in the aircraft certification process and support pilots and flight crews as aviation technology advances. Read more »

After 18-Month Investigation, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Release Final Committee Report on Boeing 737 MAX

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Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the Committee’s final report on the Boeing 737 MAX. This report, prepared by Majority Staff, lays out the serious flaws and missteps in the design, development, and certification of the aircraft, which entered commercial service in 2017 before suffering two deadly crashes within five months of each other that killed a total of 346 people, including eight Americans. Read more »