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Murray successfully fought to add provision in FAA bill that would ensure young children can sit with their parents on airplanes 

Murray: “I am glad to see this commonsense legislation included in the final bill to improve air travel for families in Washington state and across the country.”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on the inclusion of a provision in the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 that would ensure airlines have policies allowing young children to sit with their parents on flights at no extra cost. The bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 4, includes language from the Lasting Improvements to Family Travel (LIFT) Act which Sen. Murray advocated to include as an amendment to the Senate-passed FAA Reauthorization Act in April.

“As a mother and a grandmother, I understand how important it is to not be separated from young children during air travel,said Senator Murray. “I am glad to see this commonsense legislation included in the final bill to improve air travel for families in Washington state and across the country.”

Senator Murray is a cosponsor the LIFT Act, led by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). The LIFT Act has the support of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), First Focus Campaign for Children, and the National Consumers League (NCL).

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