June 06, 2019

Neguse Urges House Ways and Means Committee to Move Legislation to Ensure Safer Helicopter Fuel Systems

Washington D.C.—Congressman Neguse, this week, submitted testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, urging the Committee to take up priority legislation that would impact Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. In particular, he urged movement on the Safe Helicopters Now Act, legislation brought to him by Karen Mahany, whose husband died in a Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco in 2015.

“In 2015, Karen Mahany lost her husband, Patrick Mahany in a Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco, Colorado,” Neguse said in testimony. “The crash resulted in a fire from the unsafe fuel system which claimed Patrick’s life and severely injured both nurses on board. After this crash, the National Transportation Security Board recommended that crash-resistant fuel systems be a requirement in all civil helicopters. I have introduced H.R. 675, The Safe Helicopters Now Act, which would provide helicopter manufacturers with a 10% tax credit for retrofitting existing helicopters with fuel systems that comply with fuel system crash resistance. The bill would provide needed incentives to make sure we keep our emergency personnel safe, and ensure they can feel secure while serving their communities. We need to protect the brave men and women who work tirelessly to keep us safe, and I am proud to have worked with my constituents to bring this bill to your committee and to be working on this important issue.”

Neguse introduced the Safe Helicopters Now Act in January, after working with Karen Mahany on the legislation. On Thursday, Congressman Neguse will join Governor Polis and the Mahany family in Frisco for a naming dedication ceremony for the Frisco Post Office, to be named in honor of Patrick E. Mahany Jr.

In his testimony before the Ways and Means Committee, Neguse also pushed for consideration of the Solar EDGE Act, legislation to invest in the residential and small-scale solar installations and urged the Committee to prioritize affordable housing legislation.  

Read the full testimony here.