Titus Statement on U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Passage of Airspace Privatization Bill

Feb 16, 2016
Press Release

February 8, 2016
Contact: Kyle Roerink
Phone: (202)-657-3219

 

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District released the following statement in regards to Committee passage of H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation Reform & Reauthorization Act, legislation that authorizes programs at the Federal Aviation Administration while unnecessarily privatizing the national air traffic control system:

“The underlying bill contains a number of provisions I championed, including my legislation to require our airlines to train their personnel on how to recognize and report suspected cases of human trafficking. This bill also includes my bipartisan amendment to advance infrastructure projects at the nation’s major airports like McCarran International Airport. The bill contains numerous amendments I supported to advance the development of unmanned aviation systems (UAS), commonly known as drones including an amendment I championed that directs the FAA to advance the commercial operation of unmanned systems. The bill contains provisions I supported to extend the authorization for the Nevada UAS Test Range for an additional 6 years and expand the scope of its work to include advanced UAS operations that are vital to the commercial UAS industry. It also includes modernization of the certification process to ensure our airline manufacturers can remain competitive and deliver new aircraft and technology to market more expeditiously.

“Yet all of these positives are threatened by the ill-conceived scheme to hand over our national air control system to special interests without any Congressional oversight. This is a dangerous proposal for our national security, for the traveling public and, for Nevada’s economy. I cannot support it.

“The United States has the safest, most complex, diverse, and largest air space in the world and this scheme to hand over control of that system to a private corporation threatens every aspect of our success,” said Congresswoman Titus, a member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Aviation. “There are few regions of the United States that are more dependent on the aviation sector than Southern Nevada. We welcome more than 42 million visitors from around the world every year, and nearly half of them arrive via air. It isn’t just commercial air service. Las Vegas also welcomes one of the largest general aviation fleets in the nation. More than 218 million pounds of cargo made its way through McCarran International Airport last year, and we have major air tour operators that provide visitors the unique opportunity to Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon from the sky. The privatization scheme in this bill would undermine the system, pitting different users against each other, jeopardizing air safety and negatively impacting our economy.”