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SA 4608. Mr. SCHUMER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. IMPLEMENTATION OF FAA RULE RELATING TO FUEL TANK FLAMMABILITY.
(a) In General.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, not later 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Aviation Administration shall finalize and implement, in accordance with paragraph (2), the rule proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration relating to the reduction of fuel tank flammability in transport category airplanes (70 Fed. Reg. 70922, dated November 23, 2005) and operators and manufacturers of airplanes shall take appropriate action to
comply with the rule.
(b) Matching Funds.--For each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2018, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may provide financial assistance to operators and manufacturers of airplanes in an amount that does not exceed $1 for every $1 incurred by such operators and manufacturers for complying with the rule described in subsection (a).
(c) Study and Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall conduct a study and report to Congress regarding ways to improve the safety and reduce the flammability of fuel tanks that are located on the wings of airplanes.
(d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated $40,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2018, to carry out the provisions of subsection (b).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)