Oct17

ICYMI: Modernize Our Air Traffic Control System

Modernize our air traffic control system By the Miami Herald editorial board October 12, 2017 The United States has the busiest airspace in the world. But instead of maintaining an aviation management system compatible with its standing, the nation ...

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Oct12

ICYMI: WSJ Editorial Board: An Air Traffic Winner



The House has been working for months behind the scenes on the most significant improvement to commercial air travel in decades: Converting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air-traffic control into an operation governed by pilots, airlines, controllers and other industry experts. This would be good news for the economy and the traveling public, if Republicans don’t wig out.

House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster’s legislation would set up a nonprofit entity that manages air-traffic operations, while FAA continues regulating safety and certifying equipment. Instead of taxes, the services would be funded by user fees. This arrangement has allowed Canada to lower levies by about one-third and manage routes and landings more efficiently. Canada’s air-traffic outfit even sells technology to other countries.

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Oct04

General Aviation Leader Endorses 21st Century AIRR Act



NetJets Aviation, Inc., the world leader in private and business general aviation, today announced its support for the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997), bipartisan FAA reform and reauthorization legislation expected to be taken up in the House of Representatives this month.

A letter from NetJets to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) cites the United States’ outdated air traffic control system and budget uncertainties as reasons for NetJets’ support of the bill.

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Jun22

Sweeping Bipartisan FAA Reform Legislation Introduced in the House



Bipartisan legislation that provides sweeping, transformational reform of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was introduced in the House of Representatives today.

The 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act – the 21st Century AIRR Act – is sponsored by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Aviation Subcommittee Vice Chair Paul Mitchell (R-MI), U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

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Mar22

Major Trump to Ground Control



President Trump often sounds off about America’s terrible roads or “third-world airports,” and he’s landed on one excellent idea: Spinning off air-traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration. A new report explains how this could bring innovation and efficiency to airspace that the federal government is struggling to manage.

Mr. Trump’s budget proposes converting the FAA’s air-traffic outfit into “an independent, non-governmental organization,” as Canada has done, and dozens of other countries have similar models. House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster last year introduced a bill to turn air-traffic control over to a nonprofit corporation run by a board with seats for airlines, the pilot’s union, hobbyist aviators and more, but it stalled without presidential support.

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Dec08

Water Infrastructure Bill is a Win for America



The House of Representatives today approved comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation that addresses the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure.

The House passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act on a bipartisan basis by a vote of 360 to 61, sending the bill to the Senate.

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Dec05

House & Senate Committee Leaders’ Statement on Water Resources Infrastructure Legislation



House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today announced an agreement on comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation.

The legislation, the “Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act,” includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes port, waterway, and flood protection improvements for the country. The WIIN Act also includes the Water and Waste Act of 2016 to help communities meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and authorize state regulation of coal ash. In addition, the legislation addresses significant tribal and natural resources issues.

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Sep28

House Overwhelmingly Approves Water Resources Development Act



The House of Representatives today approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 (H.R. 5303), comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure.

The legislation passed the House by a vote of 399 to 25.

“This bill is fundamental to America’s competitiveness, and gets Congress back to the regular business of addressing some of our most pressing infrastructure needs. An efficient maritime and waterways transportation system is fundamental to the country’s economy,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), sponsor of the legislation. “The process reforms Congress put in place in the 2014 water resources bill are working. Enacting a WRDA bill every two years is essential to maintaining an efficient transportation system, moving commerce effectively, and promoting economic growth throughout the country.”

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Sep20

Shuster Statement on the Release of NHTSA Guidelines on Autonomous Vehicles



U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on the release of guidelines from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on autonomous vehicles:

“I have seen firsthand the speed at which autonomous vehicle technology has advanced. In 2007, I first saw Carnegie Mellon University’s prize-winning autonomous vehicle, and three years ago I had a test drive of the University’s next iteration of the car. In only a short period of time, we have seen significant investment in autonomous systems by large technology companies, start-ups, traditional automakers and ride sharing services. The volume of investment by such a wide range of interests removes any doubt that autonomous vehicles are the future. It is critical that we get this right, and ensure that we protect innovators and the safety of the driving public.

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