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The Introduction Of The Protecting Airline Passengers From Sexual Assaults Act March 25, 2014
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"In recent years, there has been an increase in reports of sexual assaults on flights in the United States. Oftentimes, the survivors of these crimes were asleep during part of the assault, but were so afraid and shocked that they did not call for help. In these cases, the dynamics of surviving a sexual assault are amplified. In order for the FAA and law enforcement to better gauge the extent of these horrendous crimes that have taken place on aircraft and to work towards prevention, data on the number of sexual assaults needs to be collected and shared with the public."
Recognizing The Dedicated Service Of Mr. John Moran March 4, 2014
Jeff Miller, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a special individual whose contributions to this country, especially its veterans, are innumerable. His name is John Moran, and he has just retired from Federal service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. Last week, John closed out a career that has spanned 35 years of dedicated service to his country. His accomplishments in that time are remarkable. In fact, John began his career protecting the public and Members of the House and Senate as a United States Capitol Policeman. John was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1979, he graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. As I stated earlier, he began his Federal career as a member of the United States Capitol Police, then, later as a Federal Air Marshal/Special Agent with the FAA. Throughout his 35 year career, Mr. Moran progressed through a variety of managerial and senior executive positions: Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Civil Aviation Security Field Office; Chief of Staff, FAA Office of Airports; Program Assessment and Evaluation Officer, in the Office of Civil Aviation Security; Director, of the Red Team and Explosives Security Division, at the Office of Civil Aviation Security. Following the attacks on September 11th, Mr. Moran played a crucial role in helping to shape the legislation that founded the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and was instrumental in building it from the ground up. For his hard work and dedication, Mr. Moran received a September 11th Service Medal from the Secretary of Transportation in recognition of his pivotal role and unwavering service to his country. He then became the TSA Assistant Administrator responsible for all aspects of training of a workforce of over 50,000 personnel and served as Vice Chair of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board. In 2005, Mr. Moran was asked to serve as the acting Associate Administrator. Mr. Moran’s final Federal service was as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training Service or VETS at the Department of Labor. In this position, Mr. Moran was the go-to executive during a leadership transition in which he was responsible for important veterans employment programs such as the Jobs for Veterans State Grant program, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, the Women’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, the Incarcerated Veterans Program, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, and the Transition Assistance Program. Literally thousands of veterans are now employed because of John Moran’s dedication to the betterment of those who have worn the nation’s military uniforms. On behalf of the House Committee on Veterans’ affairs, I wish John and his family every success in the future."
Medical Certification Requirements For Airmen And Air Traffic Controllers Relating To Sleep Disorders February 11, 2014
Rick Larsen, D-WA
"Under current law, in order for a pilot to be certificated, every pilot is screened by an aviation medical examiner to ensure he is safe and capable of piloting an aircraft. If a pilot is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or with any other disqualifying medical condition, that pilot must obtain a “special issuance” medical certificate from the FAA to keep flying."
Colgan Flight 3407 February 11, 2014
Brian Higgins, D-NY
"The cause of the crash was found to be pilot and crew error, with fatigue being a contributing factor. In an inspiring act of love, the families of those lost formed as impressive an advocacy effort as I have ever seen. Drawing strength and purpose from their loss, they successfully convinced Congress and the FAA to enact landmark aviation safety reforms."
Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act January 15, 2014
Tom Latham, R-IA
"The MAP-21 authorized levels for highways and transit. For the FAA, we provide funding to fully support the operations of air traffic controllers. We also include resources for the next round of investments in the so-called NextGen air traffic control system, a long-term initiative to ease air traffic congestion. We do not fund high-speed rail, as we have yet to see any plan that outlines how such a system would work and how it would be paid for. For rail, we added policy reforms and oversight mechanisms for Amtrak in order to ensure that resources provided to Amtrak are put to best use."

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