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HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTY-FIFTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 5234

A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE ACT
AS AMENDED, BY PROVIDING FOR THE REGULA-
TION OF THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS
AND PROPERTY BY AIR CARRIERS IN INTER-
STATE, OVERSEAS, AND FOREIGN COM-

MERCE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

AND

H. R. 4652

A BILL TO PROMOTE THE SAFETY OF SCHEDULED AIR

TRANSPORTATION

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COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE

CLARENCE F. LEA, California, Chairman
ROBERT CROSSER, Ohio

CARL E. MAPES, Michigan
ALFRED L. BULWINKLE, North Carolina CHARLES A. WOLVERTON, New Jersey
VIRGIL CHAPMAN, Kentucky

JAMES WOLFENDEN, Pennsylvania
PAUL H. MALONEY, Louisiana

PEHR G. HOLMES, Massachusetts
WILLIAM P. COLE, JR., Maryland

B. CARROLL REECE, Tennessee
SAMUEL B. PETTENGILL, Indiana

JAMES W. WADSWORTH, New York
EDWARD A. KELLY, Illinois

CHARLES A. HALLECK, Indiana
EDWARD A. KENNEY, New Jersey
GEORGE G. SADOWSKI, Michigan

GARDNER R. WITHROW, Wisconsin
JOHN A. MARTIN, Colorado
EDWARD C. EICHER, Iowa
THEODORE A. PEYSER, New York
THOMAS J. O'BRIEN, Illinois
HENRY ELLENBOGEN, Pennsylvania
HERRON PEARSON, Tennessee
JERRY J. O'CONNELL, Montana
GEORGE B. KELLY, New York
LYLE H. BOREN, Oklahoma

ELTON J. LAYTON, Clerk

F. P. RANDOLPH, Assistant Clerk
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AVIATION

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1937

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE AND FOREIGN COMMERCE,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a. m., Hon. Clarence Lea (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.

We have met this morning for hearings on H. R. 5234, a bill to amend the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, by providing for the regulation of the transportation of passengers and property by air carriers in interstate, overseas, and foreign commerce, and for other purposes.

(H. R. 5234 is as follows:)

[H. R. 5234, 75th Cong., 1st sess. ]

A BILL To amend the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, by providing for the

regulation of the transportation of passengers and property by air carriers in interstate overseas, and foreign commerce, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, is hereby further amended by adding the following:

"PART III

"SEC. 301. This part may be cited as the 'Air Carrier Act, 1937.'

"DECLARATION OF POLICY AND DELEGATION OF JURISDICTION

"SEC. 302. (a) It is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress to regulate transportation by air carriers in such manner as to recognize and preserve the inherent advantages of, and foster sound economic conditions in, such transportation and among such carriers in the public interest; to promote adequate, economical, and efficient service by air carriers, and reasonable charges therefor, without unjust discriminations, undue preferences or advantages, and unfair or destructive competitive practices; to improve the relations between, and coordinate transportation by and regulation of, air carriers and other carriers; and, by the regulation specified herein and by providing for the transportation of mail by aircraft, to preserve and further develop a system of transportation by aircraft in interstate, overseas, and foreign commerce, properly adapted to the needs of the commerce of the United States, of the Postal Service, and of the national defense.

“(b) The provisions of this part apply to the transportation by air carriers of passengers or property in interstate, overseas, and foreign commerce; and to the transportation of mail by aircraft; and the regulation of all such transportation is hereby vested in the Interstate Commerce Commission. Nothing contained in this part shall be construed to relieve any person froin any requirement of law respecting the operation of aircraft within, to, or from the United States.

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