Reps. Carbajal Joins Bipartisan Majority to Advance Bill to Improve Aviation Safety, Support Consumer Protections for Air Travelers
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances reauthorization of the FAA programs with Carbajal amendments to help servicemember mechanics transition to civilian work, improve communication with space launch industry at Vandenburg
Washington, June 14, 2023
Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined a bipartisan majority in advancing their reauthorization of federal aviation programs with key improvements for aviation safety and consumer protections for America’s air travelers.
Many of the measures included in the legislation, which reauthorizes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and other aviation safety and infrastructure programs for the next five years, are designed to protect the safety of the flying public in the face of a record return to air travel after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While the headlines out of Washington may suggest that extremists in Congress have extinguished all opportunities for bipartisan cooperation, my colleagues and I on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are proving that is a false narrative with the passage of a good faith compromise to protect the flying public and ensure that our skies remain the safest in the world,” said Congressman Carbajal. “With a record year of air travel already upon us, we worked to ensure that the United States maintains its safety standards on runways and in the skies, that we have the personnel needed to meet the air travel needs of the next half decade, and that we are fostering innovation in our skies and beyond. While this bill didn’t have everything I’d hoped for, I will continue to work with my colleagues to perfect this bill as it makes its way through the House and when it’s combined with our Senate colleague’s draft in the coming months on its way to becoming law.”
The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act:
The legislation advanced by the committee today included multiple priorities pushed by Rep. Carbajal:
The reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration programs is on Congress’ agenda to complete before the existing authorization expires on September 30.
The U.S. Senate is also beginning consideration of its own version of the legislation this week.
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