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April 2, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 658: FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act

H.Res. 189: Providing for consideration of H.R. 658

On Passage
Passed by 78 votes: 249-171, 12 not voting


H.R. 658: FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011
To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 210 by Rep. Mica [R-FL7]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-46 to make technical corrections to provisions in the underlying bill.
Agreed to by 83 votes: 251-168, 13 not voting

H.Amdt. 216 by Rep. Garrett [R-NJ5]
An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 112-46 to require the FAA to study alternatives to the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia airspace redesign to reduce delays at the 4 airports included in the redesign. Would also prohibit the FAA from continuing with the implementation of the airspace redesign until the study is submitted to Congress.
Failed by 184 votes: 120-303, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 217 by Rep. DeFazio [D-OR4]
An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-46 to require mechanics at contract repair stations certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. and in foreign countries to undergo the same criminal background checks required for mechanics and other aviation employees at U.S. airports.
Failed by 103 votes: 161-263, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 218 by Rep. Hirono [D-HI2]
An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 112-46 to establish an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to study and provide regulatory recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administrator to ensure that all certified aircraft is properly equipped with technology that maintains pilot visibility when dense, continuous smoke is present in the cockpit. The ARC would be directed to complete its work in one year and provide its recommendations to the Administrator who must inform Congress of the recommendations and outline what actions the agency will take on the basis of those recommendations.
Failed by 68 votes: 174-241, 17 not voting

H.Amdt. 225 by Rep. Capuano [D-MA8]
An amendment numbered 17 printed in House Report 112-46 to require greater disclosure of a passenger's baggage fees when a fare is quoted to an airline passenger and require refunds for baggage that is lost, damaged, or delayed. The Secretary of Transportation would prescribe any requirements necessary to implement the baggage fee disclosures by ensuring that necessary information is shared between carriers and ticket agents that have an already existing agency appointment or contract.
Failed by 49 votes: 187-235, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 226 by Rep. Gingrey [R-GA11]
An amendment numbered 18 printed in House Report 112-46 to prohibit FAA employees from using official--taxpayer sponsored--time for union activities during the official work day. It would not repeal the right of any FAA employee to collectively bargain or arbitrate.
Failed by 33 votes: 195-227, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 235 by Rep. Pearce [R-NM2]
An amendment numbered 27 printed in House Report 112-46 to authorize an equitable transfer of land and property, in the form of a road, between Dona Ana County in New Mexico and Verde Corporate Realty Services. Dona Ana County would continue to use the land for airport purposes.
Failed by 9 votes: 207-215, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 236 by Rep. Schiff [D-CA29]
An amendment numbered 29 printed in House Report 112-46 to allow Bob Hope and Van Nuys Airports in southern California to adopt curfews from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., alleviating air traffic noise for residents of the San Fernando Valley. It simplifies the process for these airports to implement a curfew by allowing airports that already had at least a partial curfew in effect before the 1990 Airport Noise and Capacity Act (PL 101-58) to implement mandatory nighttime curfews.
Failed by 66 votes: 178-243, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 228 by Rep. Sessions [R-TX32]
An amendment numbered 20 printed in House Report 112-46 to prevent any funds from this act to be used to administer or enforce Davis Bacon.
Failed by 56 votes: 183-238, 11 not voting

H.Amdt. 229 by Rep. LaTourette [R-OH14]
An amendment numbered 21 printed in House Report 112-46 to strike section 903. Section 903 repeals a National Mediation Board (NMB) rule, finalized last year, which provides for union representation elections among airline and railroad workers covered by the Railway Labor Act.
Failed by 15 votes: 206-220, 6 not voting
House rejects Obama-backed labor amendment in FAA bill
The House on Friday morning rejected a controversial amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill that would have made it easier to form air and rail unions. Failure to pass the amendment will make it much harder to win Senate passage of the FAA bill and sets up a likely veto of the bill even if the Senate were to approve it.

House shoots down pro-union amendment on FAA bill, sets up confrontation with Senate, Obama
On Friday, the House of Representatives shot down an amendment aimed at preserving a rule issued by the Obama administration that makes it easier for unions to organize airline and rail workers. Back in May of last year, the National Mediation Board issued a new rule (PDF) that allowed a simple majority of votes cast to determine unionization in those industries, reversing a prior standard that stood for 75 years that had required the support of a majority of all workers.

The GOP's pro-union 16
Earlier, I wrote that a number of House Republicans supported an amendment upholding an Obama administration rule making it easier for unions to organize rail and airline workers. Though the amendment failed, I've compiled a list of the 16 Republicans who sided with the unions. Not surprisingly, they tend to be from union-heavy states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennslyvania and Ohio.

H.Amdt. 232 by Rep. Shuster [R-PA9]
An amendment numbered 24 printed in House Report 112-46 to improve Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rulemaking activities by requiring the Agency to recognize that the United States aviation industry is composed of a variety of different segments with different operating characteristics and requiring the FAA to tailor regulations to address the unique characteristics of each industry segment. The amendment also requires the FAA to conduct appropriate cost/benefit studies on all proposed regulations and only enact regulations upon a finding that the costs are justified by the benefits.
Agreed to by 6 votes: 215-209, 8 not voting


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 52 votes: 184-235, 13 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 27 votes: 223-196, 13 not voting

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