House Approves FAA
Modernization And Reform Act Of 2012, H.R. 658
By Daniel Baxter
February 4, 2012 - The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bipartisan, bicameral, four-year infrastructure measure to reform Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs, improve the nation’s aviation infrastructure, modernize our air traffic control system, and spur private sector job creation. (See Senate Approves FAA Bill, Rejecting Repeal Of The National Mediation Board Rule)
The House approved the conference report to H.R. 658, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, by a vote of 248 to 169. House and Senate conferees had reached agreement on the measure earlier this week. The Senate is now expected to consider the conference report next week.
“This FAA reform bill will help modernize our aviation system and ensure that it remains the safest system in the world,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica.
accounts for $1.3 trillion in economic activity, and as much as
11% of GDP. This legislation sets federal policy for one of the
most important parts of our economy.
with the many good provisions in this bill, I am especially
pleased to see the NextGen air traffic system modernization
provisions moving forward,” said Rep. Tom Petri, the Chairman of
the Aviation Subcommittee. “Conversion to satellite-based air
traffic control and other improvements will truly be
revolutionary by allowing more efficient routing, faster and
safer travel from point to point, major fuel savings and lower
emissions. It’s a major step forward.”
Modernization and Reform Act freezes funding for FAA programs at
fiscal year 2011 levels for four years.
measure reforms FAA’s oversight of the NextGen air traffic
control modernization program and increases accountability by
setting milestones and metrics.
- Contains no
earmarks and does not raise taxes or passenger facility charges (PFCs).
responsible funding for FAA safety programs, NextGen efforts, and
operations through 2015.
- Provides long-term stability for the aviation industry, and creates the environment to allow for the creation of high-paying and sustainable jobs.
deployment of NextGen technologies that will bring a net $281 billion
benefit to the overall U.S. economy.
- Provides for
unprecedented reform of the National Mediation Board.
- Limits efforts by the Administration to over-regulate the industry, including the lithium battery industry.
- Establishes a balanced inspection regime for repair stations.
- Establishes a process to address outdated and obsolete FAA air traffic control facilities, saving taxpayer money.
- Enacts airline passenger improvements and protections.
private sector job creation in the unmanned aircraft systems industry by
setting timelines for action by the FAA on the safe integration of UASs
into the national airspace system.
The National Air
Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi praised the House
vote “We applaud the House of Representatives for approving the
long-overdue FAA reauthorization bill, but the measure is not yet law.
The Senate must act – and must act quickly – on this important
compromise to ensure a safer, more modern and more efficient U.S.
“We represent over
20,000 hard-working and dedicated air traffic controllers, engineers and
other safety-related aviation professionals who are dedicated to safer
and more efficient air travel. This measure will allow them to do their
jobs better; it will create jobs, promote global competitiveness, allow
for important safety improvements and accelerate technological advances
like the NextGen air traffic management system. … We have waited five
years for a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. It's time for Congress
to get the job done.”
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