Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) issued the following statement following House passage of the bipartisan and bicameral FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation safety and infrastructure programs for the next five years. This bill is critical to maintaining America’s leadership in aviation safety and aerospace innovation, strengthening the U.S. aviation workforce, making groundbreaking investments in sustainability and resiliency, and improving consumer protections and accessibility. The bill also includes two bills authored by Brownley, the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act and the Women in Aviation Advisory Board Act.

“Today, I was pleased to vote for the 2024 FAA reauthorization bill, a strong bipartisan effort to protect the flying public and ensure that the United States remains the gold standard for aviation safety and innovation. This bill will not only protect travelers, but it also creates good-paying jobs, invests in cleaner and greener aviation infrastructure, and bolsters our economy for years to come.

“I also appreciate that the final bill includes legislation from my bill to reauthorize the Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB) and allow for the continuation of the WIAAB’s work in developing recommendations and strategies to encourage women to pursue a career in aviation. The bill also includes legislation I co-authored with Congressman Molinaro (R-NY) to help to address safety concerns with outsourcing of aircraft repair and overhaul. More specifically, the bill closes loopholes in aviation safety regulations and ensures that foreign repair stations comply with U.S. high-safety standards.

“The FAA Reauthorization bill also addresses the needs of our general aviation airports – including the Oxnard and Camarillo airports – and has important provisions to improve consumer protections, address aviation noise concerns, and advance the integration of unmanned aerial systems and urban air mobility in the national airspace.

“I applaud Chairman Graves and Ranking Member Larsen for their leadership in putting together this robust, comprehensive, and bipartisan FAA reauthorization bill. I look forward to President Biden signing this important bill into law that secures the strong future of our nation’s aviation system.” 

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 passed the House on May 15, 2024, with a vote of 387-26. The full text of the bill can be found here, and a section-by-section summary of the bill can be found here.


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