House Passes FAA Reauthorization, Including Rep. Meadows’ Amendments
Washington, D.C. – Two amendments to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, offered this week by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), passed the House on Thursday as part of the full reauthorization package.
Amendment #105 seeks to address the lack of oversight in the administration of federal disaster relief assistance. The amendments direct FEMA to work with the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and now the Disaster Assistance Working Group of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to develop a plan for the regular collection and reporting of information related to disaster spending, while providing comprehensive data on where disaster money goes. These provisions improve FEMA’s focus on the facilitation of disaster assistance, by ensuring the assistance goes to where it is needed.
Amendment #91 codifies Executive Order No. 12866, issued by President Clinton and retained by Presidents Bush and Obama. This amendment instructs the FAA, wherever possible, to specify performance objectives, rather than behavior, in crafting new regulations—ensuring the agency upholds its long-mandated duty to reform its regulatory structure in a performance-based direction. The amendment has been endorsed by the National Taxpayers Union, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.
Rep. Meadows released the following statement:
“I’m grateful to see these amendments become a part of the final FAA reauthorization bill, and I’m particularly appreciative of Chairman Shuster for his work in helping make it happen. This is a critical time period for our government to make a concerted effort at substantively improving the oversight of taxpayer funds and agency regulations. At the end of the day, Congress has to get serious about spending efficiently, conducting proper oversight of taxpayer funds, and reforming our regulatory system to address well defined objectives rather than behavioral objectives. I’m confident these amendments will make real progress toward those ends.”
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