Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced the inclusion of her amendment requiring the federal government to take steps to reduce the noise and health impacts of commercial air traffic in her District, and for millions of Americans in communities across the country, as part of the bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration through 2023 that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

“Communities around the country are suffering under crushing levels of airplane noise. I’ve been inundated for years with calls for help from constituents who have suffered from lost peace, sleep, and sanity. I’m pleased that the multibillion-dollar package includes funding for my amendment to require the Government Accountability Office to study two key solutions to mitigate the noise and health impacts caused by endless flights,” Rep. Speier said. “This includes looking at whether air traffic controllers and airspace designers are trained on noise and health impact mitigation, and tracking the prevalence of off-course vectoring. This is a small but critical step towards implementing common-sense measures to provide noise relief to millions of Americans living under crowded flight paths around the country."

“Though I am happy to see that this amendment, and my amendment to require the FAA to review the safety and efficacy of outdated oxygen masks on commercial aircraft, have passed, I voted against the full reauthorization bill due to the glaring absence of real solutions to reduce the dangerous and distracting noise created by the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).”

Additionally, Rep. Speier supported several other reform amendments included in the long-term reauthorization bill:

  • Roskam (R-IL), Speier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 13 - Directs the FAA Administrator to study the relationship between jet aircraft approach and takeoff speeds and corresponding noise impacts on communities surrounding airports. Requires the FAA Administrator to submit the results of the study in a report to Congress.
  • Panetta (D-CA), Crowley (D-NY), Meng (D-NY), Norton (D-DC), Quigley (D-IL), Schakowsky (D-IL), Smith, Adam (D-WA), Suozzi (D-NY), Bass (D-CA), Peters, Scott (D-CA), Raskin (D-MD), Eshoo (D-CA), Chu (D-CA), Rice, Kathleen (D-NY), Khanna (D-CA), Speier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 62 - Directs the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate alternative metrics to the current average day night level standard, such as the use of actual noise sampling and other methods, to address community airplane noise concerns and provide a report to Congress.
  • Meng (D-NY), Norton (D-DC), Khanna (D-CA), Bass (D-CA), Raskin (D-MD), Suozzi (D-NY), Speier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 90 - Requires the FAA within 1 year of enactment of the bill to complete the ongoing evaluation of alternative metrics to the current Day Night Level (DNL) 65 standard.