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Upton, House Advance FAA Reauthorization

Bipartisan effort will help smaller airfields in Southwest Michigan

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Washington, April 27, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act by a bipartisan vote of 393 to 13.   

“As one who flies home nearly every week, I applaud this bipartisan effort to ensure continued safety and stability in American aviation,” said Upton. “This reauthorization will help keep us the world leader in aviation: putting American jobs, innovation, and the traveling public first. Importantly, we also help smaller airfields here in Southwest Michigan by making smart infrastructure investments that improve reliability and safety.”

H.R. 4 reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to carry out activities related to civil aviation for five years. Providing long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, ensuring continued investment in airports large and small across the country, improving America’s competitiveness in the global aviation section, ensuring passenger protections, and more.

H.R. 4 also provides stable funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which issues grants to public use airports for planning and development purposes and is an essential part of maintaining long-term sustainability of airports of all sizes.

H.R. 4 is supported by numerous groups including the Airline Pilots Association, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of Flight Attendants, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and more.

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