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Conference Report on H.R. 658, FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SHUSTER. I rise today in support of the conference report for the FAA Modernization Reform Act of 2012. This is a very good bipartisan, bicameral conference report.

I want to congratulate Chairman Mica, Ranking Member Rahall, Chairman Petri, and a special congratulations and thanks to Ranking Member Costello for years of service here. It's been a pleasure serving with you, and I wish you the best as you ride off into the sunset, but I'm sure you'll be doing great things in the future. So, again, thanks for all your hard work in your years here in Congress.

Mr. Speaker, the Modernization and Reform Act does not raise taxes or passenger facility charges. It holds spending levels through 2015 at $63 billion over the 4 years, and it does not add to the deficit, which I'm very pleased to see.

It provides long-term stability for the FAA and the aviation industry, which is a certainty in that transportation sector that has sorely been missing in the economy. So we believe it's going to create and sustain good-paying jobs.

It accelerates and requires accountability for the deployment of NextGen, the FAA's air traffic control modernization program, which we need in order to be able to more efficiently manage the skies above us.

It provides for unprecedented reforms of the National Mediation Board.

While I'm disappointed that we were unable to include the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme prohibition language, we will continue to pursue the passage of that bill. I think it's something we really need to focus on here in Congress before the taxes are starting to be collected and do great damage and harm to our aviation and airline industry.

This is a responsible and much-needed conference report. Therefore, I urge all Members to vote to pass the conference report for the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.


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