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“When Americans buy an airline ticket, they should get to their destination safely, reliably, and affordably.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeg, regarding a Transportation Department proposal that would require airlines to offer passengers a refund if their flight schedule was changed by three or more hours for domestic flights and at least six hours for an international one; refunds would also be required if the airline changed the passenger’s departure or arrival airport, added stops into the itinerary or caused a “significant downgrade” in flight experience through switching the type of plane. Consumer complaints with the department increased nearly sevenfold in 2020; 87 percent were about refunds. (Associated Press — Aug. 4, 2022)

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  • Former President Donald Trump, in a statement regarding his endorsement for the Missouri Senate race, a hotly contested race between two candidates named Eric: Eric Greitens, former state governor, and Eric Schmitt, the state attorney general. There is even a third, lesser-known candidate named Eric McElroy. When asked to clarify which Eric he was supporting, Trump said his statement “speaks for itself.” Both Greitens and Schmitt claimed Trump’s endorsement in Tweets that were sent just 11 minutes apart. (Reuters — Aug. 1, 2022)
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, regarding the fact that a minimum-wage worker in New York would need to work for 26 weeks to be able to afford child care for their family. Many states are considering greater financial investments in child care to make it more affordable and accessible for families. (Associated Press — July 31, 2022)
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom, regarding the state’s plan to make and sell its own insulin so that the diabetes medicine can be sold for a much cheaper price. (Associated Press — July 29, 2022)
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