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Shuster Begins Public Discussion About Next Aviation Reauthorization

Washington, DC, December 11, 2013 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) today kicked off the conversation to begin laying the groundwork for Congress’ next reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and federal aviation programs. 

Speaking before the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC, Shuster asked what lessons can be learned by examining aviation systems in other countries, called on the U.S. aviation community and lawmakers to propose bold ideas, and urged a collaborative approach for developing a comprehensive vision for the future of the United States’ aviation system.  The current aviation law expires at the end of fiscal year 2015.

Excerpts from Chairman Shuster’s speech:

“To pass a new reauthorization that will keep us competitive, we have to begin laying the groundwork now.  We shouldn’t settle for just another reauthorization of programs, or for making adjustments at the margins of the system.  We may have the world’s best aviation system for the moment, but that title comes with no guarantee.  We have an obligation to improve our system any way we can, with bold, innovative ideas.”

“We need to ask questions about every aspect of our aviation system, because as successful as it has been over the years, it can be better.  There are aspects of other nations’ aviation systems that are more successful, innovative, and efficient than ours.  What can we learn from others that could help propel U.S. aviation toward the future?”

“I don’t support any one approach to improving our system.  I want to put all ideas on the table and listen to input from everyone.  I recognize that our aviation system is unique, with more airports, commercial airline operations, and general aviation activity than elsewhere in the world.  But our ultimate goal should be to compare our system with other global aviation leaders and use what will work best.”

“I don’t want the next aviation reauthorization to be my vision, or Congress’ vision.  I need – Congress needs – all of you to participate in this process to create a collective vision for the future of our aviation system.  A bold vision that can benefit us all – because this is about our country’s future.”

Click here to read Chairman Shuster’s entire remarks as prepared.


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Tags: Aviation