June 15, 2022

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances Several Bills, Including Bill to Enhance the Safety of Foreign Repair Stations

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of legislation during a committee markup. The legislation is now ready for consideration on the House floor. 

“I am pleased that my committee passed bills today to strengthen the aviation sector and to help communities survive and recover from natural disasters. I’m particularly pleased my bill, the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, now known as the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act, was passed to close the gap between our safety standards and those of foreign repair stations. We are one step closer to ensuring a uniform standard of safety, no matter where the aircraft is repaired and maintained. I look forward to the House approving these bills without delay,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR).

More information on the committee’s markup can be found here.

Legislation approved today:

ANS to H.R. 7321, Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act

On March 31, 2022, Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 7321, the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, with 13 bipartisan cosponsors.  This legislation and subsequent changes made in the ANS will address weaknesses in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) application of safety rules to foreign repair stations by requiring annual unannounced inspections, mandating the reporting of mechanical issues and problems attributable to foreign repairs, requiring that key personnel hold FAA mechanic or repairman certificates or an equivalent, and more. 

More information can be found here


H.R. 8049, American Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency, Innovation, and Advancement Act

On June 13, 2022, Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves introduced the American Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency, Innovation, and Advancement Act. Chair Peter DeFazio and Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen joined as original cosponsors at introduction. This legislation establishes an aerospace supply chain resiliency task force, which is directed to identify and assess risks to the U.S. aerospace supply chain.

More information can be found here.


ANS to H.R. 1468, The Securities and Exchange Commission Real Estate Leasing Authority Revocation Act

H.R. 1468, introduced by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, would revoke the Security and Exchane Commission’s independent leasing authority and require the Comptroller General of the United States to update a 2016 General Accountability Office review of federal entities with independent leasing authority.

More information can be found here.


H.R. 7789, Planning for Animal Wellness (PAW) Act

H.R. 7789, introduced by Subcommittee Chair Dina Titus (NV), would ensure the needs of animals have been adequately considered before disaster strikes. This bill requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator to establish an advisory group to encourage and foster collaborative efforts among individuals and entities working to address the needs of animals in disaster preparedness. The working group would review current best practices and federal guidance on congregate and noncongregate sheltering and evacuation planning for household pets, service and assistance animals, and captive animals. If the Administrator, in consultation with the working group, finds that current federal guidance does not match best practices, FEMA will be required to publish updated guidance in consultation with the advisory group.

More information can be found here.


H.R. 5774, Expediting Disaster Recovery Act

H.R. 5774 would expedite the delivery of federal disaster assistance, and address the unmet needs of disaster survivors by adding a new section to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Section 431. The bill would also provide FEMA more flexibility to administer immediate longer-term housing solutions for disaster survivors. 

More information can be found here.


General Services Administration’s Capital Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions

Each fiscal year, the committee considers General Services Administration’s Capital Investment and Leasing Program resolutions. On June 15, 2022, the committee considered eight resolutions authorizing GSA to un dertake repair and alterations nationwide.