January 21, 2011
Rep. Tom Petri has been named Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee for the new Congress.
“I am looking forward to a busy two years ahead in the Subcommittee,” Petri said. “We have many issues urgently requiring our attention and action.”
“Our top priority is to get the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization passed and signed into law. Although the House passed reauthorizations in 2007 and again in 2009, controversial provisions in both bills prevented them from moving forward,” Petri said. “We will continue our oversight of the FAA’s troubled effort to implement ‘NextGen,’ – the modernization of the air traffic control system.”
“We will oversee the implementation of the airline safety and pilot training improvement law passed in 2010. We will follow the condition and state of the general and commercial aviation industries, will attend to the treatment of passengers, and much more. The Subcommittee will also closely monitor aviation security issues and their impact on the industry,” he said.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. John L. Mica, remarked, “Chairman Petri will have a full plate in the Aviation Subcommittee during the 112th Congress. He has a firm command of aviation issues, and I am confident of his ability to get the job done.”
In addition to the Aviation Subcommittee, Petri will also serve on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Petri is also a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce where he has been assigned to the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee and the Higher Education and the Workforce Subcommittee.
Source: AIRPORT BUSINESS