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Inhofe Looking for Six PBOR2 Votes
July 25, 2015 - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) arrived in Oshkosh Friday morning—his 36th consecutive year attending the annual EAA AirVenture—looking to continue the momentum for Senate Bill 571, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2).
Late last week, the bill had about 35 cosponsors but gained 19 more after EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton appealed to members on Thursday, July 16, to contact their senators and urge them to support the bill.
“I don’t know what I would do without the EAA because after the appeal was made last week by Chairman Jack Pelton, an additional 19 members of the United States Senate came on as cosponsors,” Inhofe told AirVenture Today. “Now we need to pick up the other six or seven more that we need. Thank you, EAA!”
Inhofe discussed a recent effort to offer PBOR2 as an amendment to the transportation reauthorization bill, which he also authored.
“PBOR2 is to be offered as an amendment to the transportation bill on Tuesday or Wednesday this next week,” he said. “If successful, that would be signed into law before the end of the month.
“I have reason to believe we will be (successful) because I have 54 cosponsors, and all I have to do is get six more on this trip up here, and I think we will be able to do that.”
But what if that effort does not succeed?
“Now, if that doesn’t work, don’t be depressed because we’re going to introduce it, and anytime you have that number of cosponsors, that’s a majority.” Senate rules require 60 votes for a bill to be approved.
Inhofe is crediting Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) with providing a lot of help to advance PBOR2. She and her husband own an FBO at Red Oak Municipal Airport in western Iowa.
“We have 54. I need 60. In the event the amendment doesn’t work it will be introduced as a freestanding bill. If you have a senator who is not a cosponsor, you’ve got to call them up,” Inhofe added. “We have to have six more. This is teamwork; between you guys and us, we’re going to make it happen.”
See Sen. Inhofe speaks about PBOR2 today at 10 a.m., Forum Pavilion 1, in the Honda Forums Plaza.