First of all, that is childish. I could be entirely wrong, but this seems like a try to press on this battle with France and Germany for not supporting the war in Iraq. Lipinski might be thinking that if those countries can't have their aircraft fly into an airport that gets a good number of flights, then airlines won't buy their aircraft. Notice that most RJs in the US are either Canadian or Brazilian (Canadair, Embraer). I know Canada did not support the war and I don't know about Brazil, but the US government never made a big deal about the stand that Canada took on the war. Obviously Canada's and maybe Brazil's stance on the issue did not bother the US government as much France and Germany's, likely due to the fact that Canada and Brazil were not members of the UN security council, so did not carry as much power in the whole thing. Canada and Brazil's airplane manufacturers get away in the end with this proposed bill. France and Germany's does not.
As I said, that could be completely and entirely wrong and have nothing to do with this congressman's motivation to put forth such a bill. I just look at what limited information has been provided for us and it just screams to me what I just wrote up above.
Anyway, moving on from my ranting and raving. Whatever the motivation for this bill, it can't help the US airlines. Northwest, UAL, and US all fly significant numbers of Airbus aircraft. It just creates one more problem for them, as well as other, smaller operators of Airbus aircraft that fly into this airport. Planes would need to be realocated and different types would have to be placed on the route and maybe another aircraft would not suit that route as well. What I know about alocation of aircraft can fit on the head of a pin, so that might be totally wrong too, but it seems like a logical problem to me.
What is the motivation for this and why is DCA
the airport in question?
If you find anything Timz, will you put a link? I'll do the same.