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Westmoreland Votes to Reauthorize FAA, Cut $4 Billion in Spending | Politics

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Westmoreland Votes to Reauthorize FAA, Cut $4 Billion in Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (submitted by Leslie Shedd) Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 658, the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011.  Congressman Westmoreland joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in supporting the legislation.  The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration for four years, covering fiscal years 2011 through 2014.  The Federal Aviation Administration sets federal policies regarding aviation safety and infrastructure.

“This reauthorization bill cuts spending, streamlines the FAA, and creates and protects hundreds of thousands of US jobs over the next four years through responsible investment in our aviation infrastructure,” stated Westmoreland.  “The Third District sits right next to the busiest airport in the world, so we understand the importance of having properly functioning Federal Aviation Administration.  After much debate on this issue, I am happy the House has been able to come together and pass this responsible reauthorization in a bipartisan manner.”

In addition to reauthorizing the FAA and cutting spending levels for the agency back to 2008 levels, the legislation also repeals the unilateral National Mediation Board’s (NMB) decision to change unionization election rules implemented in May 2010.  In that decision the NMB changed the law so that only a majority of employees who voted was required for a union to form rather than requiring that a majority of the total number of employees vote to unionize.

“This unilateral decision by the National Mediation Board to strip away worker’s rights was just ridiculous,” stated Westmoreland.  “If you had a workforce of 300 people and only three of them voted, you would only need two employees – two out of 300 – to force the remaining 298 employees to unionize.  It overturned 75 years of precedent and was a dramatic overstep of the NMB’s authority.”


The legislation will now be sent to the Senate.  A vote will be held sometime next week and the bill is expected to pass and be signed by the president.