Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young supported H.R. 302 to reform and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), disaster programs at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will provide a five-year reauthorization for FAA.
“I’m proud to support this bill which will provide stability for our aviation industry and infrastructure which we know is so crucial in Alaska,” said Congressman Young. “Traveling through Alaska often requires flying and this bill will ensure that airports both large and small can make the necessary upgrades to ensure passenger and crew safety. This legislation will deliver critical and timely investments for aviation projects across Alaska which I worked diligently to secure. As the senior member and former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I ensured many Alaska specific provisions were included and the policies in this bill reflect the needs in our state. Improving and modernizing our infrastructure will allow this country to remain a competitive leader in the aviation sector – something that can be accomplished thanks to this bipartisan and bicameral work.”
Alaska Provisions Congressman Young Secured:
- Essential Air Service (EAS): Increases funding for EAS through FY 2023, which is vital for continuing air service to small communities throughout Alaska.
- Little Diomede: This airport will be added to the EAS Program.
- Relieving Regulatory Burdens on Air Carriers: Language to ensure that requirements for weather forecasting and weather reporting are appropriate for the unique operating environment in Alaska.
- Small Airport Regulation Relief: A provision was included to protect ample Airport Improvement Program funds for certain airports -- communities like Manotak and Haines.
- Remote Airport Access Roads: Rural airport access roads will be more accessible for local uses in Alaska; such as allowing people access to their property.
- Includes an exemption for the transmission of fully charged lithium ion batteries (e.g. batteries for a pacemaker) to Alaska.
H.R. 302 passed out of the House by a vote of 398-23. This bill will go to the Senate for consideration before the September 30, 2018 authorization expiration for FAA. This legislation modernizes airport infrastructure, improves service for customers, streamlines and reforms the FAA certification and regulatory processes, enhances aviation safety and reforms FEMA programs and the TSA.