HYDE-SMITH VOTES FOR FAA REAUTHORIZATION, FIVE-YEAR MEASURE HEADED TO WHITE HOUSE
Legislation Important to Local Miss. Airports, Ongoing Leadership in Unmanned Aerial System Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today voted for a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and important programs for the operation of local airport facilities throughout Mississippi.
The Senate on Wednesday voted 93-6 to complete congressional work on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (HR.302). The five-year reauthorization package now goes to the President for his consideration.
“Local airports serve an important role as economic and public safety assets for communities across the state. This legislation, which includes customer service reforms, will provide greater certainty not just for airport operators, but also the passengers and customers who rely on them,” Hyde-Smith said.
“Mississippi State University and other institutions are established leaders in the development and integration of unmanned aerial systems. The use of drones to improve public safety, agriculture and other uses will only increase,” she said. “I’m pleased that this bill strengthens efforts to continue the safe and efficient integration of these systems into the national airspace.”
Overall, the bill streamlines and reforms the FAA regulations, creates customer service protections, and requires improvements with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA.).
The following are among the FAA programs in HR.302 that are of importance to Mississippi:
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hyde-Smith helps determine funding levels for FAA programs. She currently serves as a conference committee member working to negotiate a final agreement on an appropriations package that includes FAA funding within the FY2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.