More than half of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives now belong to the House General Aviation Caucus, according to group co-chairs Sam Graves (R.Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.). On Friday, the caucus passed the 218-member mark and kept going, totaling 223 at press time. “This achievement is due to the tremendous leadership and hard work of Congressmen Graves and Barrow and their staffs,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.
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General aviation interests are hailing the growth of the House General Aviation Caucus, which has reached a record total of 200 members of the House of Representatives, making it one of the largest and most active caucuses in Washington, D.C. Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus–and its companion GA Caucus in the Senate–serves as an informal group of lawmakers, assembled to promote the role the industry plays in local communities and the national economy. Both caucuses work to inform debates about policies affecting the general aviation community.
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.
What with anthrax scares shutting down congressional office buildings for purification and cleansing, and both houses tossing brickbats at each other over precautionary measures, legislators scrambled for space and time to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Some 10 government agency appropriations bills stalled and were not enacted to start the new fiscal year on October 1.
• 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.