REP. BURGESS, WITHDRAW H.R.6200; ITS PASSAGE WOULD HURT US AVIATION SAFETY BUSINESS

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ARTICLE:  New legislation to micromanage FAA

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Ever vigilant ARSA detected a proposal by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), who drafted and introduced a bill, entitled the Airline Maintenance Safety Act (H.R. 6002). He represents a district in North Texas, including parts of Dallas and Ft. Worth; so it’s clear that this Republican is trying to show to the American Airlines’ mechanics that he can do things for labor. While that is understandable, it’s difficult to comport this legislative action with Dr. Burgess’ (who was a gynecologist before being elected) statement of principles :

“I also oppose legislation that is redundant, unnecessarily expands government control over our freedom, or increases the role of the federal government in your life.” [emphasis added]

As noted by ARSA, H.R. 6002 appears to violate Rep. Burgess’ principles:

  • It would require individuals authorized to approve “covered work” for return to service outside the United States on part 121 aircraft to hold a mechanic’s certificate under subpart D of part 65.
  • It would also duplicate the requirement of part 65 that individuals be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.

These are either existing or proposed FAA rules. Rep. Burgess, follow your own political philosophy and withdraw this legislation. Aviation is a global business and free trade actually contributes to the US having a net export balance of payments (see ARSA). Foreign repair stations have not harmed US jobs; the numbers show that, if markets are unfettered, the domestic Part 145 facilities can compete and win. Imposing further FAA controls is likely to cause foreign governments to retaliate. Free trade enhances global aviation safety.

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