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   The Buffalo News Opinion Brain Trust today is happy to see that Congress is about to bring in airline safety reform for a safe landing, after being stacked up in a legislative holding pattern for a year.
   But we're not that impressed with the suggestion that New York's dysfunctional Legislature would be any less so if it got smaller.

- An end in sight - Buffalo News Editorial
   Families of the victims of Continental Connection Flight 3407 have nearly won a hard-fought battle in Families3407 getting airline safety legislation approved through Congress.
   Safety provisions have been attached to a temporary extension of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. Now it is up to the Senate to pass the legislation so that it can be sent to the president for his signature. ...
   Kudos to top lawmakers—Chairman of the House Transportation Committee James L. Oberstar, D-Minn., and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., Commerce Committeechairman— for changing tactics to attach the safety provisions to a temporary FAA funding extension that will be permanent law once enacted.
   Lawmakers from Western New York—Reps. Louise Slaughter, Brian Higgins, Chris Lee and Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand—must continue to usher the legislation through the process. As close as this is to fruition, it’s no time for our representatives to take their eyes off the bill.

   Update:
- House approves safety rules sought by Flight 3407 families - Jerry Zremski/The Buffalo News
   Updated update:
- Senate passes aviation safety measures, sending bill to Obama - Jerry Zremski/The Buffalo News
   Updated updated update:
- Obama to sign aviation bill today - Jerry Zremski/The Buffalo News

    Here's the text of the bill, HR 5900, and background from GovTrack.us. It passed the House by voice vote - i.e., everybody who was there at 11:30 p.m. shouted "yea" - and there is no roll call to record. I happened to catch it on C-SPAN. It was Western New York Night, as Lee, Higgins and Slaughter each got to claim credit in the way they claim credit in Congress, by giving other people credit.

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