Manchin Praises Inhofe for Pilots Bill of Rights
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Manchin Praises Inhofe for Pilots Bill of Rights

October 15, 2019


PUBLICLY THANK HIM FOR ALL OF HIS SUPPORT IN SOMETHING THAT JUST HAPPENED JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO AND THAT IS OUR PASSAGE OF THE PILOTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS. AND THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ON BOTH SIDES. CERTAINLY SENATOR BEGICH HAS BEEN WORKING HARD, SENATOR PRYOR AND SENATOR MANCHIN, AS WELL AS MANY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. BUT IT IS A REALITY NOW AND IT’S SOMETHING — I LOOK AT THIS AS KIND OF A STRANGE DAY FOR ME ANYWAY BECAUSE I’VE BEEN WORKING ON TWO BILLS FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. BOTH WILL BECOME A REALITY ON THE SAME DAY. ONE, OF COURSE, THE HIGHWAY BILL. THE OTHER, EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT, THE PILOTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS THAT ONLY THE PILOTS KNOW ABOUT. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK THAT WE’VE BEEN — AND I’VE BEEN A PILOT FOR 55 YEARS AND I GET ALL THE CALLS AND THE COMPLAINTS THAT COME IN. BUT WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK THAT THE PILOTS ARE REALLY THE ONLY ONES IN OUR SOCIETY THAT ARE DENIED ACCESS TO JUSTICE LIKE EVERY OTHER CITIZEN IS, AND THIS CORRECTS THAT. AND SO I WOULD SAY — I JUST WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH HIS SUPPORT IN — IN MAKING THIS A REALITY. MR. MANCHIN: MR. PRESIDENT, IF I MAY SAY, THE LEADERSHIP OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA AND HIS UNWAVERING SUPPORT AND IN BASICALLY BRINGING THIS TO ALL OF OUR ATTENTIONS — I’VE BEEN A PILOT FOR NOT QUITE 55 YEARS BUT 45 YEARS. AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY. BUT SENATOR INHOFE BROUGHT IT TO — I THINK TO ATTENTION TO ALL OF US, AND EVEN THE NONPILOTS IN OUR GROUPS AND RANKS HERE. HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT OF THIS AND ALSO HIS ABILITY TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE WITH THOSE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE DEMOCRATS, I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THAT. AND HIS LEARSHIP, I KNOW SENATOR BOXER FEELS VERY, VERY COMPELLED ABOUT THIS AND YOUR LEADERSHIP IN WORKING WITH HER ON THE TRANSPORTATION BILL, BOTH OF YOU BRINGING THAT TO THE FOREFRONT FOR ALL OF US. AND WE’RE ALL GOING TO BENEFIT BY THAT. I THANK YOU, SIR, AND CONTINUE TO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. MR. INHOFE: I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND VERY MUCH. LET ME, MR. PRESIDENT, JUST MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. I’LL BE MORE DETAILED LATER. BUT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WANT TO BE GETTING ON THE FLOOR, TALKING ABOUT THE BILL THAT WILL BE MOST LIKELY PASSED TODAY IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. AND THAT IS THE — THE PROBLEM THAT IS — THAT WAS THERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOT AWAFER THE FACT THAT — AWARE OF THE FACT THAT A GENERAL AVIATION PILOT DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME ACCESS TO REMEDIES AS OTHERS, AS EVERYBODY ELSE DOES. AND — AND WHAT MAKES THIS A LITTLE BIT MORE COMPELLING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IS THAT IF YOU’RE NOT A PILOT, YOU DON’T APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THESE ARE, A LOT OF THEM

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