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H.R. 658: the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

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On Friday the House passed the Conference Report on H.R. 658: the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. This legislation funds Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and operations for 4 years. It contains a provision I requested calling on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the impact of flight delays and make recommendations on the types of programs that could be implemented to address them. Although I am pleased that this study was included in H.R. 658, I could not support the bill, primarily because of some labor provisions, but also because of funding levels. I am specifically concerned with a provision that increases from 35% to 50% the number of employees who must request an election to form a union. This provision has not been changed for 75 years and was originally established as an agreement between management and employee representatives. Congress should not step in and unilaterally raise this threshold. Quite simply, this is nothing more than an attempt to make it harder to form a union. I voted NO. H.R. 658 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

224

12

0

5

DEMOCRAT

24

157

0

10

TOTAL

248

196

0

15

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

10

0

0



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