Accountability & Oversight

Larsen Opening Statement at Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on “Disruption in the Skies: The Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines, and Airports”

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee, released the below statement during the Aviation Subcommittee hearing examining the alarming increase in disruptive and unruly airline passengers, the effect on passenger and crew safety, and the enforcement of U.S. laws prohibiting such behavior.

Larsen Shapes House Defense Bill to Support WA’s Servicemembers, Military Families, Protect Marine Mammals, Advance Emerging Tech, Ensure Global Security

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported House-passage of the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Larsen, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee (HASC), helped shape the final bill, securing provisions to support Northwest Washington’s servicemembers and military families, protect marine mammals, advance new and emerging technologies, ensure global security and invest in the future of work. The NDAA passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 316 to 113.

Larsen: Annual Defense Bill Fosters U.S. Leadership in New and Emerging Technologies

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) successfully secured provisions in the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to foster U.S. leadership in new and emerging technologies. The NDAA was debated, amended and approved by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and will be considered by the full House of Representatives later this year.

Larsen Statement on Current Situation in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the below statement on the current situation in Afghanistan: “Since August 1, the United States has evacuated 58,700 U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals from Afghanistan, including 230 Afghan nationals to Washington state. However, this is only a small portion of the U.S. citizens, al...

Larsen Votes to Restore Critical Protections of the Voting Rights Act

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported legislation to restore critical protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and keep the promise of democracy for all Americans. H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act prevents states and localities with a recent history of voter discrimination from restricting the right to vote by requiring these jurisdictions to obtain federal preclearance before changing their voting laws. H.R. 4 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212.

Larsen Joins Chair DeFazio, T&I Members to Introduce Bipartisan Fair and Open Skies Act

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Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) joined Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Vice Chair of the Committee Sharice Davids (D-KS), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Conor Lamb (D-PA), Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Representatives Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Jack Bergman (R-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation seeking to preclude new foreign airlines from operating to and from the United States when they exploit “flags of convenience” to avoid the regulations of their home countries, or otherwise undermine labor standards.

Chair Larsen Opening Statement at Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (WA-02) delivered the below opening statement at today’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing entitled "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace.” More information about Tuesday’s hearing, including witnesses, testimony, additional background information and live webcast, can be found here. For video of Larsen’s opening statemen...

Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Lead 15 Members on Legislation to Protect Public Health in the Aviation Sector During a Pandemic

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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) led 15 of their colleagues on introduction of the Healthy Flights Act of 2021. This legislation would issue a set of commonsense, uniform requirements during pandemics to help keep passengers and airline and airport workers healthy by minimizing transmission of viruses through our aviation system. In addition, the Healthy Flights Act would help prepare U.S. aviation stakeholders for future pandemics and epidemics through the development of a national preparedness plan to define the aviation system’s response to outbreaks and by advancing scientific research

Larsen Provision to Save Aviation Jobs Included in American Rescue Plan

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The American Rescue Plan includes bipartisan language Larsen championed that will save aviation and aerospace jobs in Washington state and across the country. The provision helps cover pay and benefits for aerospace supply chain employees at risk of being furloughed or who were furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.