Key lawmakers are asking the U.S. DOT to expedite a review of the FAA’s proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform. In two separate letters, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) wrote to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging his department to complete its review of the FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) within the next 30 days and open the proposal for public comment.
General aviation interests are hailing the growth of the House General Aviation Caucus, which has reached a record total of 200 members of the House of Representatives, making it one of the largest and most active caucuses in Washington, D.C. Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus–and its companion GA Caucus in the Senate–serves as an informal group of lawmakers, assembled to promote the role the industry plays in local communities and the national economy. Both caucuses work to inform debates about policies affecting the general aviation community.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes next month. “We are pleased that Congressman Graves has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus in the new Congress,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “He has been a tireless advocate on behalf of general aviation during his service in the House.” Graves will replace retiring Rep.
NBAA welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes in January. “We are pleased that Congressman Graves has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus in the new Congress,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
• Almost immediately after his election, President-elect Barack Obama considered possible members of his Cabinet and staff. Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden will give up their seats in the Senate. The governors of Illinois and Delaware, respectively, will choose their replacements. Should any of the current members of Congress be called on to fill cabinet positions, their successors will also need to be chosen.
General aviation groups pled-ged to work with the Obama Administration when it takes the reins of the federal government early next year, but in the days following the election there was much speculation about how things would shake out on Capitol Hill, in the Transportation Department and in the FAA.
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