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Shuster's FAA Bill Overwhelmingly Passes House

WASHINGTONThe House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, sponsored by Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg).

The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by every subcommittee chairman and ranking member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, provides five years of funding for the FAA and passed by a vote of 393-13.

“This was a textbook example in how the people’s House is supposed to operate,” said Congressman Shuster. “I didn’t get everything I wanted in this bill, but no Member did. And that’s how the process is supposed to work. We considered 116 amendments on the House floor in open debate and worked to find common ground where we could make the flying experience better for all Americans.”

“This is exactly how the American people want their elected leaders to do business. Voting ‘no’ every day is not a legislative agenda; it’s listening to the special-interest obstructionist swamp instead of getting results for your constituents,” said Shuster.

The bill text, summary, and letters of support can be found here.

H.R. 4 also includes the entire text of Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta’s Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA). DRRA reforms the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to better plan in advance for natural disasters and save taxpayer dollars by mitigating and preparing for disasters before they take place, instead of after.

“It is important to remember that this bill goes further than focusing only on aviation,” Shuster continued.  “The bipartisan DRRA provisions included as part of H.R. 4 will ensure our communities are better prepared for the next hurricane, flood, or wildfire.  By focusing on pre-disaster mitigation, DRRA shifts our disaster program mindset from reactive to proactive, which will save lives, save property, and save taxpayer dollars.”

It is estimated that DRRA will save the federal government in between four to eight dollars for every one dollar invested before disaster strikes, instead of after.

Today’s passage of H.R. 4 continues a long tradition of Congressman Shuster’s major transportation bills passing in a large, bipartisan manner.

  • In 2014 H.R. 3080, the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) passed 412-4.
  • In 2015 H.R. 22, theFixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed 359-65.
  • In 2016 H.R. 5303, theWater Resources and Development Act (WRDA) passed 399-25.

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