Chairwoman Lowey Statement at Oversight Hearing on FAA Aviation Certification
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee's oversight hearing on FAA aviation certification:
I’d like to thank Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz Balart for holding this hearing, and I welcome Deputy Administrator Elwell before the subcommittee.
Deputy Administrator Elwell, as we discuss improving the Organizational Designation Authorization process, I trust that you and your colleagues at the FAA share a commitment to ensuring that all passengers, pilots, and crewmembers can travel safely through our skies.
Please use this committee as a resource. We want to help you prevent the next aviation catastrophe, and we want to know where federal funding is best directed.
I find it troubling that the President’s FY 2020 budget request included a $9 million reduction in FAA safety funding. House Democrats responded in our Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill by increasing FAA safety funding $267 million above FY19 enacted levels. Our bill provides the FAA the resources to hire more inspectors, engineers and technicians to oversee the Organization Designation Authorization process and other safety functions.
Secretary Chao has said that her number one priority at the Department of Transportation is safety. If we are going to address the root causes of the MAX crashes, then we must have a bipartisan commitment to robust funding to promote the safety of air travelers, both at home and abroad.
Thank you for being here, and I look forward to your testimony.