Washington DC - Congressman Brad Sherman released the following statement following the narrow defeat of an amendment to allow nighttime curfews at Bob Hope Airport.
"Since coming to Congress, I have worked to reduce noise for those living near Burbank Bob Hope Airport. Noise restrictions have helped improve the quality of life for many Valley residents, but more is needed to balance the needs of the community with those of the airport, particularly during evening hours.
There is no reason that those who live near the Burbank Bob Hope Airport should have to endure uncomfortable noise levels when remedies exist. That is why I joined with my colleague Congressman Adam Schiff today in introducing an amendment that would allow nighttime curfews on flights at Bob Hope Burbank Airport between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. This amendment aims to help balance the needs of aviation and those residents seeking peace and quiet in their communities.
While the amendment failed by four votes, with a vote of 208 to 212, this is a tremendous improvement from a similar effort in 2011 (when it failed by 65 votes). We are closer to making progress and will rededicate our efforts to reducing airport noise at both Burbank Bob Hope and Van Nuys Airports."