Congresswoman Johnson Supports Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill
Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today applauded the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which will allocate approximately $4.35 billion per year for the FAA, out of the Senate. This reauthorization bill passed the House of Representatives passed last Wednesday and contains important protections for airline passengers and safety provisions, including new life-saving first officer training and experience requirements, as well as the presence of two fully qualified pilots in the cockpit of all passenger and cargo aircraft.
“The aviation industry is critically important not just for the country, but for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in particular. Maintaining safe airplane standards is the principal responsibility entrusted to Congress. By passing this reauthorization bill, Congress has reconfirmed our commitment to providing the FAA the funding it needs to perform necessary functions of conducting oversight and implementing key safety regulations,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Included in this bill are consumer protections, such as new mandates that prevent passengers from being bumped from their seats on airplane.”
The passage of this bill received support from key interest groups, including the Air Line Pilots Association, International, which heralded the bill’s comprehensive construction and applauded Congresswoman Johnson’s leadership as the senior Texan on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
The bill also allocates $1.7 billion in disaster aid relief funding in response to Hurricane Florence last month. It now heads to president’s desk for his signature.
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