What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Consumer Protection : S. 824. Fiscal 2004 FAA Reauthorization/Vote to Reduce Public Safety By Increasing the Age At Which Airline Pilots Must Retire From Their Physically and Mentally Demanding Profession. (2003 senate Roll Call 223)
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S. 824. Fiscal 2004 FAA Reauthorization/Vote to Reduce Public Safety By Increasing the Age At Which Airline Pilots Must Retire From Their Physically and Mentally Demanding Profession.
senate Roll Call 223     Jun 12, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

During Senate debate on legislation to reauthorize spending for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) proposed a measure which would have increased the age limit for commercial pilots from sixty to sixtyfive years old. Progressives opposed the Inhofe amendment; in their view, the age limit of sixty-years was necessary to protect airline passengers from pilots whose motor coordination or health may have deteriorated from old age. Given the physical and mental demands on airline pilots, Progressives argued that older pilots would not be as effective or focused as their younger colleagues. The Inhofe amendment was defeated on a vote of 44-52.

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