1976 Scorecard Vote
(S. 3015) Airport and Airway Development Act: The vote is on the Weicker amendment to prevent civil supersonic aircraft from landing at U.S. airports by denying them the necessary federal funds to accommodate SST flights or landings. England and France had requested an exemption from U.S. noise standards in order to permit their versions of the SST, the Concorde, to land at airports in New York and Washington D.C. U.S. and environmental agencies opposed this because the planes would produce five times the noise level of the largest subsonic planes and subject thousands of people living around the two airports to unacceptable noise levels. The SST would consume three times as much fuel per passenger mile as the largest commercial jet, yet would carry only one third the number of passengers. The President opposed the amendment. March 25, 1976. Rejected 31-50. The correct vote is yes.