Fri, May 21, 2010
Downplays FedEx Objections To The Bill
Representative James Oberstar (D-MN) (pictured, right), Chair
of the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee, says he expects the FAA re-authorization bill,
which has been stalled in Congress literally for years, will
finally be ready for the President's signature by July 4. "We will
have a bill. It will move to the floor before the July 4
recess,” Oberstar said this week.
The FAA has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions
to extend funding levels since September 30, 2007.
The House and Senate passed separate versions of the
reauthorization earlier this year, and a conference committee is
currently working out the differences between them. But Government
Executive.com reports that the major sticking points, including an
issue governing the way FedEx Express worker may organize, have not
yet been addressed. While FedEx president Fred Smith said recently
the issue was stalling the legislation, Oberstar denied that was
the case. "There is no delay; don't buy the Fred Smith garbage,"
Oberstar also has promised that safety provisions concerning
airline crew training and rest will be included in the final
version of the bill. Congress placed a number of provisions into
the bill addressing NTSB recommendations which followed the crash
of Continental Connection Flight 3407 operated by Colgan Air. But
on some issues, for instance the number of hours required for a
person to act as a pilot in command of an airliner, the House and
Senate versions differ. The House bill would require 1,500 hours,
while the Senate bill stipulates 800 hours.
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