1976 Scorecard Vote
Transportation Appropriations, Fiscal 1977 (HR 14234). This vote is on the Yates amendment to prohibit the use of Federal Aviation Administration funds for air traffic control of British and French versions of the SST. Since the FAA is responsible for all civilian air traffic control in the United States, such a provision would effectively prevent the SST's from landing anywhere in the country. The United States has not yet set supersonic noise standards, but the European Concordes produce twice as much noise on takeoff as the loudest subsonic jets, and exceed the U.S. noise standards for subsonic aircraft. Environmentalists supported the Yates amendment because the aircraft in question would subject thousands of people living near airports to unacceptable noise levels, and consume 3-4 times as much fuel per seat mile as the largest commercial jet. June 28, 1976. Rejected 126-269. "YES" is the correct vote.