Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), joked that Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) authorship of the Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights puts her “right up with the Founding Fathers,” on Thursday.
“A lot of people don't know this,” said Rockefeller. "But she is the author of the [passengers'] bill of rights, which I guess puts her right up with the Founding Fathers."
Boxer was on the Senate floor at the time and let out an audible laugh at his comparison.
The Passengers' Bill of Rights is one of the more popular measures inside the FAA authorization bill. It codifies regulations that require airlines to give passengers the option to exit the plane after delays of three hours or more.
Rockefeller is the floor manager for the FAA bill and is navigating it through what might be the final hours prior to passage.