Speeches and Floor Statements
Van Hollen Statement on the FAA Modernization and Reform Act Conference Report
Mr. Speaker, today’s vote is not an easy one. FAA Reauthorization is long overdue, and I support many of the provisions in today’s conference report. It makes a much-needed investment in our nation’s air infrastructure and includes important new policies to strengthen safety and improve consumer protections.
But unfortunately, this is not a clean transportation bill. Inexplicably, it includes an extraneous, ill-conceived, and completely unnecessary labor provision that has no place in this legislation. Under this bill, it is much more difficult to organize a union for the workers who fly the planes than it is for the workers who build the planes. How does this make sense? We don’t know the answer to that, because we haven’t had a single hearing on this issue.
Mr. Speaker, I want to vote for a clean, long-term FAA reauthorization and strengthens our national aviation system. This is not that bill. I yield back the balance of my time.