EAA Gauging Effect of Midterm Elections on Aviation
November 4, 2010 — EAA staff members in Washington, D.C., are looking closely at results of the midterm congressional elections in an effort to ascertain their impact on aviation policy in the years ahead. The large turnover in the House of Representatives means that more than one-third of the membership of the congressional committees that govern aviation will likely change along with the leadership switching to the Republican Party.
Committee assignments will be announced in the coming months and that will reveal more about where the next congress may fall on user fees, FAA funding, air traffic modernization, security, and overall support of general aviation.
“The changes in Congress present both opportunities and challenges,” said EAA’s Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair. “As the committees take shape, we will be looking to establish relationships with those members and their staff and continue to build our relationships with long-standing members.”
There will be a new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee. The Senate committees with jurisdiction over aviation will remain largely intact and under the same leadership.
Of significant importance to EAA members is leadership and participation in the recently formed GA Caucuses in both the House and Senate. The Senate GA Caucus leadership remains the same as neither co-chair was up for re-election during this cycle; however, both co-chair positions in the House GA Caucus are currently open. EAA will continue to communicate with the Caucus members as they look to fill those positions.
The successful formation of the GA Caucuses in both houses of congress are a direct result of EAA and the other aviation organizations encouraging congressional members to organize a GA voting block. The first of the two Caucuses to be formed was ushered into existence under the leadership of retiring Congressman and EAA member Vern Ehlers of Michigan.
EAA will continue to report on changes in Congress, committee leadership, and the impact on general aviation in the coming months.