U.S. Congressman MIKE POMPEO, Representing the 4th District of Kansas

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Pompeo: FAA Reauthorization Bill is “Anything but Conservative”

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Washington, February 3, 2016 | comments

February 3, 2016
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Pompeo: FAA Reauthorization Bill is “Anything but Conservative”

Bill released by House Transportation Committee would be detrimental to general aviation, harm U.S. air transportation as a whole 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) issued the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

“We need conservative reforms to FAA and air traffic control that strengthen our entire air transportation system.  The FAA reauthorization bill introduced by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is anything but conservative.  This bill picks winners and losers in America’s airspace and gives special interests and commercial airlines disproportionate control over our air traffic control system.

“The United States has the largest, most complex air transportation system in the world.  We are also the global leader in aviation safety.  Removing air traffic control from FAA and handing it over to a new corporate bureaucracy, absent of congressional oversight, would be a risky and expensive undertaking.  The consequences and costs of such a move would be borne by American taxpayers, general aviation, and the traveling public.

“I hope to work with the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to construct an FAA reauthorization bill that improves our existing air traffic control system without taking control of America’s airspace away from Congress and the FAA.  In its current form, this bill would be detrimental to American general aviation, restrict access to small and rural airports and harm our air transportation network as a whole.

“General aviation supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs and is a key productivity tool for businesses small and large.  Diminishing the voice of general aviation, imposing user fees on charter-for-hire flights, and creating a new, commercial airline-dominated air traffic control bureaucracy would cause irreparable harm to the entire general aviation community.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we have a FAA reauthorization bill that benefits all sectors, including the general aviation industry that is so important to Kansas and our country’s economy.”

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