As a member of both the General Aviation Caucus and House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, and having lived in Northern Minnesota my whole life, I understand the enormous economic benefit general aviation has to the 8th District, Minnesota, and our nation as a whole. Our numerous regional airports are important economic drivers of our business and tourism industries, and critical hubs for visitors and commuters alike. It is vital we ensure their continued success as major employers in our district and across the United States.
I was the original Democratic sponsor of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act (H.R.1848), which was signed into law by the President in 2013. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken championed the bill in the Senate. This measure requires the FAA to update their Aviation Rulemaking Plan and give producers of small airplanes, like Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, their own set of regulations. Over the past two decades, the small aviation industry in America has been slowly choking due to an outdated, unnecessarily lengthy approval process that increases the price of safety and technology upgrades by up to ten times, costing us jobs and innovation. The Small Airplane Revitalization Act will help regenerate those lost jobs, as well as spur investment and accelerate new designs and lifesaving safety features for a whole new generation of small planes being built in the United States.
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Nolan’s Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Amendment Passes House
A simple, one-page explanation of their rights will be available to beleaguered airline passengers like these under my successful bipartisan amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill the House passed last week.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced legislation to boost the IRS federal reimbursement rates for charitable drivers from 14 cents to 54.5 cents per mile, equalizing the charitable rate with the rate allowed for business travel. The measure has already been endorsed by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, and the Seven County Senior Federation based in Mora.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The 5-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (H.R.4), $4.35 billion per year to the FAA for infrastructure and technology improvements, passed today by the House included two bipartisan amendments from U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan. The first, a “one pager” consumer bill of rights, requires airlines to provide a simple, one page explanation of compensation when flights are cancelled or delayed, passengers are denied boarding due to overbooking, or bags are lost.
A House Democrat is introducing new legislation to strengthen airline consumer protections, which comes in response to a United Airlines passenger getting violently dragged off a flight earlier this year.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today introduced a bill, “The Airline Consumer Bill of Rights Act,” which would require United States airlines to provide their passengers with a simple, one-page “bill of rights,” as the European Union already offers. Currently, United States airline passengers have to comb through 37,000 pages of contract text to find their rights and airline policies.
BEMIDJI -- A total of $800,000 in federal funding has been awarded to Bemidji Regional Airport, allowing the facility to move forward on constructing two new hangars.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded the $800,000 and the funding will come from the EDA’s public works program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Reps. Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan.
ELY, Minn. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Rep. Rick Nolan announced a major grant for the Ely Municipal Airport.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the airport a grant of $82,581 for infrastructure improvements.
[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan successfully moved two amendments supporting consumers and rural airports during Tuesday’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of legislation to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nolan’s amendments will be included in the final legislation that will be debated on the House floor.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today questioned a panel of United States airline industry executives, including United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, on the state of consumer protection practices within the airline industry.
Nolan focused on the practice of overbooking and the compensation provided to consumers who are delayed and inconvenienced.