What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Infrastructure Funding : (H.R. 658) On an amendment requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to publish cost and benefit studies on the effects of its regulations on each segment of the aviation industry. (The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has regulatory authority over all civil aviation in the United States.) (2011 house Roll Call 218)
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(H.R. 658) On an amendment requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to publish cost and benefit studies on the effects of its regulations on each segment of the aviation industry. (The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has regulatory authority over all civil aviation in the United States.)
house Roll Call 218     Apr 01, 2011
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to publish cost and benefit studies on the effects of its regulations on each segment of the aviation industry. (The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has regulatory authority over all civil aviation in the United States.) This amendment was offered to legislation authorizing annual funding for the FAA, and limiting the ability of federal aviation and railroad workers to form unions. The amendment did not define the different “segments” of the aviation administration, but left that definition to the discretion of the FAA administrator.

Shuster urged support for his amendment: “ The amendment is an effort to improve rulemaking at the FAA by requiring the agency to meet fundamental rulemaking principles. Directing the FAA to meet these standards will ensure that regulations protect the critical importance of aviation safety while also considering issues of economic competitiveness….before proposing or issuing a regulation, the FAA Administrator must analyze the different industry segments and tailor any regulations to the characteristics of separate segments. The definition of industry segments is left to the administrator.”

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) opposed the amendment: “…We strongly oppose the amendment. We believe that it will add additional red tape [to the regulatory process]…What this will do is drag it out even further and have a negative effect on those pending regulations as well as the existing ones.” Costello also said: “…Forcing the FAA to tailor regulations for each industry's segment, could seriously undermine efforts to achieve one level of safety in aviation and delay important safety improvements.”

The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 215-209. Voting “yea” were 209 Republicans and 6 Democrats. 184 Democrats and 25 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to publish cost and benefit studies on the effects of its regulations on each segment of the aviation industry.

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