Although House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) said last week that “significant progress” was being made in FAA reauthorization talks between House and Senate conferees, both his committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have introduced legislation to provide the 19th short-term extension of FAA funding and programs.
When it comes to love/hate relationships, Congressman John Mica seems to have a hate/hate relationship with the Transportation Security Administration. The Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee makes no secret of his desire to rid TSA of its nearly 50,000 transportation security officers (aka screeners).
Republican congressman John Mica (Fla.) continued his quixotic war with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week when he slammed the agency for failing to show at a hearing last Thursday on universal pilot’s licenses. “I can assure you, we’ll have the TSA testify at some point in the future, maybe in a joint hearing with Homeland Security,” Mica said.
As the 112th Congress kicked off its first legislative year, the incoming chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was gearing up for another run at FAA reauthorization.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) was hoping to hold hearings before the end of last month on a new funding bill for the agency. And once again, general aviation was closing its ranks to head off any potential user fees.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who has been a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure committee since he was first elected to Congress in 1992, has been confirmed by House Republicans to serve as its chairman in the 112th Congress. The committee has jurisdiction over a broad range of issues, including those that affect aviation. Mica’s Florida district encompasses Daytona Beach, home of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its aviation subcommittee, including Republican leaders Reps.
While many believe that the FAA will not have a new Administrator until after the next President takes office, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee has been blasting Democrats for blocking the confirmation of acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell to assume the post for a full five-year term.
The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the chairs of the six T&I subcommittees outlined what they term an “ambitious” program of hearings and legislation for the second half of the 110th Congress.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) praised U.S. House of Representatives Aviation subcommittee chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) for urging the FAA to re-evaluate its recent proposal to subject employees of thousands of small businesses that indirectly serve the aviation industry to mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
• Trillions, billions and chump-change millions appear to be the common denominations being bandied about in halls of Congress. For example, the House of Representatives approved a $2.4 trillion budget resolution that would increase spending by some 7 percent for the military and homeland defense, cut or freeze spending for other agencies and put the brakes on further tax cuts to the benefit of the economy.