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Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 November 19, 2015
James Inhofe, R-OK
"Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the FAA are working on the next generation radar system. We have talked about this for a long period of time. I think the Senate knows that this Senator has been active in aviation for a long time, and this is something we have been working on together. The next generation radar system, called Multi-function Phased Array Radar, or MPAR, is comprised of individual radar stations capable of both air traffic tracking and weather surveillance."
Terrorist Attacks In The United States November 19, 2015
Charles Grassley, R-IA
"According to the New York Times just this morning, “at least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical surveillance even before the Paris attacks.” That ought to wake us all up to the dangerous environment that exists."
President’S Refugee Resettlement Plan November 19, 2015
Jeff Sessions, R-AL
"Our subcommittee has identified dozens of examples of foreign-born immigrants committing and attempting to commit acts of terror on U.S. soil. It is happening every day. Preventing and responding to these acts is an effort encompassing thousands of Federal agents, attorneys, and prosecutors and billions of dollars in costs. They are directing their efforts away from bank fraud and Medicare fraud and toward watching terrorists. Their ability has been limited by restrictions on their ability to conduct surveillance. In effect, we are voluntarily admitting individuals at risk for terrorism and then on the back end trying to stop them from carrying out bad, violent designs."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Continued November 18, 2015
Susan Collins, R-ME
"We do need to tighten our process. We need to do more. You know, I would think that Members of this body who voted just months ago to weaken our ability, even under court orders, to provide surveillance of those who we suspect would do us harm would think again about what they have done in this time when the threats coming at us have never been greater. But this is a meat ax approach. It is too broad, and it does not really address the problem that we face today. We do need to address that problem. Perhaps we need a pause to redo our processes. But this is not the answer."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 November 18, 2015
Susan Collins, R-ME
"The bill also provides $255 million in additional funds for the FAA’s facilities and equipment account for a total of $2.8 billion, which is the budget-requested level to ensure that critical aviation programs are not delayed. These programs offer a wide range of support, from space-based surveillance, data communications, to everyday basic needs, ensuring that power systems are fully supplied to support the aviation and air traffic systems that operate 24 hours, 7 days a week."

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