Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will take the helm of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when Congress reorganizes in January. He will take the gavel from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who was prevented from serving another term as chairman because of Republican caucus rules. Shuster’s father, Bud, also served as chairman of the committee.
Caucuses of the 109th United States Congress
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) will serve as Democratic co-chairman of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus when the new congressional session begins this month. Barrow’s congressional district includes Savannah, which is home to Gulfstream. The fourth-term representative also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and will join Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in leading the GA Caucus, which now has more than 120 members.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes next month. “We are pleased that Congressman Graves has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus in the new Congress,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “He has been a tireless advocate on behalf of general aviation during his service in the House.” Graves will replace retiring Rep.
NBAA welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes in January. “We are pleased that Congressman Graves has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus in the new Congress,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), considered the most knowledgeable member of Congress on aviation issues, will lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the 110th Congress convenes this month. The ranking Republican on the committee will be Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who was most recently chairman of the House aviation subcommittee. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) is in line to chair that subcommittee.
• Election Day results delivered a knockout blow to Republican hopes of retaining the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The first blow came as Democrats gained control of the House by the end of the day. Two days later, the last punch came as Republican Sen. George Allen of Virginia, considered a shoo-in for reelection, conceded the election to Democrat James Webb, one time Secretary of the Navy.
• The House of Representatives approved appropriations for Fiscal Year 2006 for the Department of Transportation. The House bill allocates to the FAA $14.4 billion for operations, $3.6 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, $25 million to hire some 600 new air traffic controllers and $8 million to add more safety inspectors in the aircraft certification and flight standards offices.