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tv   Sen. Bob Casey D-PA at Aviation Safety Forum  CSPAN  August 2, 2018 4:22pm-4:48pm EDT

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working with our cable affiliates as we explore america. thetor bob casey was one of speakers today at the annual aviation safety forum hosted by the airline pilots association labor union in washington dc. he spoke about his desire for congress to take further action to ensure cockpit doors withstand intrusion. also talkingis about increasing penalties for sexual salt on board commercial airliners. this is about 25 minutes. >> later and gentlemen, please
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join me in welcoming the head of the airline pilots association. >> good morning, everybody. we had an enthusiasm discussion and debate yesterday on many topics. i'm completely certain today will be equally productive. we begin our second day with who wasbob casey, elected to the senate from pennsylvania in 2006. he has been a great friend alpa, and airline pilots across our profession. he is one of our biggest champions on working to secure mandatory,s with physically-install secondary barriers. he has worked to ensure our airspace never again suffers an attack like 9/11. senator casey has also worked to
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eliminate policies that rigged the system against american workers. continuously fought against unfair trade policies that force american workers to compete on an unfair playing field -- on an unlevel playing field. we appreciate his support of our fight against flags of convenience. thevited him to address increasing problem of sexual assault on board airliners. please join me in welcoming a partisan, senator bob casey, to the air safety forum. [applause] thank you: captain, very much. i might be among the first speakers today, and i am cognizant that is a difficult assignment sometimes. the only more difficult assignment is the speaker right before lunch. so i want to abuse my privilege
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speaking this morning. and i know you are here at a time when normally, if you are congress isursday, full of activity, the house and the senate. at least on the senate side, i'm not sure what happens on the house side, that on the senate side we ended up leaving one day only, so i may be the senator in town. apparently, that's why i am here. i am the only one left. [applause] i'm only kidding. i was invited long before. but there is a strange rhythm sometimes to the way it works. thursday we vote on a and we ended up having the last yesterday,ednesday, so we are going to be away for a week back in our states, and back in three weeks, in august.
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both houses are back in their states and districts in the month of august i think people think that's a good thing, to have senators here for three weeks in august, and others may not agree with it. we will see how it works out. i will give you a report on that next year. what i want to first of all thank you for the work that you do.the difficult work you i have a challenging job. people always think that because of what is happening around the country, our jobs are excruciating, pain-filled days, and really difficult. i have a challenging job, but i don't have a job as hard as yours. anyone who pilots and one who supports the work that you do has a difficult job, and i am grateful that you do that work. it a job marked by dedication, and it is indeed a form of service.
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what is noteworthy is her commitment to excellence. behind mee it right here, trained for life. you are training all the time, always improving, always trying to be the best. that commitment to excellence, the training, the dedication, the professionalism, allows us to have the safest skies in the world in the united states of america. i have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with you, to advance policies to make air travel safer, including stopping the rollback of the 1500 hour flight-training rule, [applause] and making sure all airlines play by the same rules. issueed to talk about one abouti will wait to talk
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that at the end of my remarks. a want to start talking about the issue of secondary barriers. we have heard time and again from your membership, from alpa, about the importance of a secondary barrier to secure the cockpit door. your support has been fundamental and crafting the legislation. victornamed after saraceni. we have a number of pennsylvanians here. victor is from bucks county and suburban philadelphia and was a captain on united flight 175flid into the south tour of the world trade center. took the1, congress right step in mandating the installation of the reinforced cockpit doors to prevent
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terrorists from commandeering planes and turning them into muscles. that was the right thing to do and it made air travel safer. this is a step in the right direction, there were times when you as a pilot have to open the door, whether it is during a flight to take a break or their use of the restroom. barriers.condary it is long, long overdue. [applause] we have had some bumps in the road in the legislative road which is always difficult. this should not be as difficult, there is no reason why this should not have passed already, despite the fact that it has been bipartisan, despite the
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fact that i've worked with people in both parties to get it done, it is taking too long. the barriers are cost-efficient and essential and when you consider the cost of just right around $3500 per barrier, and makes no sense not to have it. we may have some light at the end of the tunnel, i never want to overstate this because i have been in legislative battles where you are not at the one yards line, but the half yard line and it takes forever to get into the end zone. sorry for the sports analogy, but we have some eagles fans here. [laughter] we are grateful for the work that has brought us to this point. the senate is in the process of andthorizing the faa bill that legislation, we hope can get to the senate floor soon. l has language and it
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requires airlines to install secondary barriers on all newly manufactured aircraft. we will see where we get to it by the end of this. we have got three weeks, august, september, and even october even though it is election year. the second issue is where captain mentioned earlier. -- one is the passenger, and as the real focus of legislation, but we also want to recognize what happens to flight attendants. thein terms of passengers, problem of in-flight sexual-harassment and even gra ver, sexual assault. i've been engaged in this issue for years both in the context of this issue but also in the context of our college campuses. we got legislation passed a couple of years ago which imposed upon colleges and universities more rules and
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requirements to deal with sexual assault on campus. that is law now and has been law for a couple of years. we want to make sure we of the same measure of progress when it comes to what happens in flight. magazine did a report on this imported a woman by the name of dana, or woman referred to as dana. sexually assaulted on a long-distance flight from new jersey to frankfurt, germany. she reported the incident to flight attendants. fered a seat for several hours but she was ultimately asked to by flight attendants to return to her original seat next to her attacker for landing purposes. when she refused, the flight seated a male passenger next to that person. dana later contacted the airline
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and was shocked to learn that no official report had been filed. this is not an isolated incident. casesi handled 40 involving in-flight sexual assault allegations on commercial aircraft in the year 2015. 58 cases in the january to of 2016, and we are still waiting for the 2017 numbers. all of 2015, 40 cases. period in 2016, 58 cases. flightociation of attendants conducted a survey about the prevalence of sexual assault aboard an airplane. the survey found of the attendants that one out of five flight attendants that responded
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had experienced a report the passenger on passenger sexual assault. that is 20%. it just so happens to be the same number that went reported several times on our college campuses. reporting by survivors of sexual assault. about flightart attendants. 68% of flight attendants experience some type of sexual harassment during their flying careers. by goes over the life of that individual, the career. for the past two years, senator have murray, she and i been working on a bill to solve the problem. last year we introduced senate stopping assault while flying act known as the safe act .
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it directs the appropriate agencies to address gaps in -- airlines personnel training, data collection, and timely reporting as a relates to sexual assault and harassment narrow lines. i am happy to say that this legislation has the support of , the groups, organizations association of flight attendants, the communication workers of america, fliers r ights, and the national alliance to end sexual violence. all passengers should be able to travel without the worry of being sexually assaulted. i've been working with my colleagues to pass this legislation and will continue to work with you to get it done. for this thank you opportunity and what you have done to advance both safety and security of our airspace.
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granted when it happens every time we fly that your professionalism and your training that your commitment to that excellence and airline safety is sometimes taken for granted, and we should remind ourselves more often how important it is. let me conclude with remarks about where we are in washington. i know you come to these gatherings in washington and you have interaction with folks on capitol hill. you discuss issues between and among yourselves. you may underestimate the impact you have on our work because you are the best advocates for your position a worker issuen or a safety issue or whatever it is. but i also think you probably and maybe especially more so in you are back home, and you are watching what is happening in washington, especially the last year and a half, and you wonder whether or not we are going -- where we are
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going to go next and whether we are going to survive as a public. -- as a republic. i think there is really concern about where we will end up after what we have seen the last 18 months. -- and i haveu been through a lot of battles , a lot of elections, and i beenonflict and i've punished pretty hard and i have punched others pretty hard at times, figuratively speaking in the political context. [laughter] as difficult as it has been, we will endure. this country is strong enough, resilient enough, and built to last. to use the expression from that television ad -- we will enter eriod one wayis pie or another.
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i am not underestimating the difficulty of digging out of regard tocially with our relationship with other countries and other peoples around the world, but also our relationships with each other. but we have had pretty difficult periods in the past, the most difficult was the civil war when we broke apart and came back together, but this is a pretty tough period. i just want to give you a sense because as much as we have saw on some really had somes, i have real battles of republicans on major issues. health care. tax policy. the judges, att least on the appellate court of the supreme court. all of those fights are going to continue. just speaking for myself, i will be unyielding in those fights.
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i am just going to say a blunt way that i'm going to continue to fight those battles. some days i am not going to give in when they try to go after medicaid like they tried last year, i am not going to even begin the discussion. fight theming to over and over again if necessary. having said that, there are haveles this year where i been successful working with republicans and my party has as well. republicans have been working with us as well. just to give you a couple of examples because it gets reported and and then it is over. we just go back to fighting and the division and the endless coverage on television. here is some examples. aboutense of balance where the summit is, i cannot speak for the house, it is a different institution.
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it is an institution that has had a lot of difficulty lately. number one, the spending bill. the budget, the two-year budget agreement that preceded it. we have a two-year agreement which was harder to enter into, spending billar's for example, republicans in the senate wanted more defense spending. increased defense spending by about $80 billion. a lot of us agree that when you to invest more in all parts of our defense capabilities. we said, if you are going to be adding $80 billion there, what about the nondefense side? all of these critically important domestic programs but some of them involve law enforcement. health carevolve and education, medical research, and so many other things.
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and we won. we persuaded republicans to work with us in the same bill to -- thee childcare highest one-year increase ever. medical research got a good bump. ools, gets i go to schools and low income areas, they got a good bump. the opioid crisis got the $.3 billion free at the national institutes of health got a billion dollar bump. we prevented the administration from getting rid of $165 million from pennsylvania. i and others in both parties and said no to that. we had our cooperative effort that led to a good result. not perfect, but a lot of investment in the method
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priorities and investment in defense. how about the farm bill? haver republicans could gone the direction that the house bit of the day use the farm bill as an opportunity to cut the nutrition -- that the house did by using the farm bill to cut the nutrition spending. how about daca? you have heard a lot about these young people who are promised by our government that we would take care of them if they came forward and made disclosures. republicans to their credit, not all of them but a good number of them, went forward on the president's promise. he promised them that he would sign the bill, and i would take the heat if you will do this. a lot of them did that. pulled the rug out from under
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them, but i want to highlight that because it shows on an aspect of immigration, we had some republicans working with us. obviously, that did not get done but it was a noble effort. i was at a meeting two weeks ago with a small group of republicans and a larger but democrats, and are some republicans in the senate that want to do immigration reform were broadly like we did in 2013 that was stopped in the manner i do not want to remember, but we got 68 votes for that bill last time. we ought to resuscitate that bell. health care. it seems we are divided on it, we are divided on medicaid or the repeal issue. but there was a tremendous effort made by conservative republicans and a lot democrats
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saying we should stabilize the healthcare market. ked withpatty murray wor her counterparts, meaning the chairman of the health care education labor pensions committee to do labor stabilization bill. it got interrupted, i will not say who, but you can guess who interrupted that -- but stabilization of health insurance markets is important and actually bipartisan despite the fact that we are divided on repeal, buts no there is progress we can make there. perkins career and technical education. people in high schools and other settings and also in community colleges for the jobs of the future. that bill had not been reauthorized for 12 years.
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we got it done, the president just signed into law yesterday or the day before. tuesday i guess it was. we havegs like russia, got a lot of divisions on the administration on things like russia. , when then russia president seems to be one place, a lot of republicans are deeply concerned about what is happening are the -- did concerned about what is happening. the bipartisanship on new ways to hold russians accountable is the subject of bipartisan support. so i say that not to paint a picture that everyone is hugging each other, that is not true, but we are going to get through this period. we're going to keep our country safe like you keep our
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skies and safe in the sky. we are going to build a stronger middle class and it is never easy. this is particularly difficult. thatve never had a period has been is difficult because of all that is happened in the last 18 months and more to come in the months ahead. but we are always in the process of forming a more perfect union. no one said that was going to be easy, so as difficult as it is , i am grateful for your help as we work on policy. god bless you and thank you. [applause] >> our first panel ties in with senator casey


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