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house Bill H.R. 302

Reauthorizing and Reforming the FAA, TSA, Plus FEMA Disaster Programs & Athletic Trainer Liability Protections

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill reauthorizes and improves a variety of programs that ensure transportation safety and provide disaster relief.

Dave's Opinion
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09/26/2018
They could start by giving back to FEMA $10 million dollars, they gave to ICE. Also the market was suppose to self regulate, don’t tale me it’s not working again, just like the banking industry, abuse in healthcare, Enron and others. Like daaa. The fox watching the hen house. Corporations self ruling and regulating, just like lowering emissions, safety, clean water, air pollution, oil spills, coal industry, child labor, fare wages, discrimination, work place abuse, cost over runs and more, not. Corporation seem to have no liability. They lobby the senate and congress to keep from being sued or have a class action lawsuit weaken and the Supreme Court side with corporation and not the people! Separating these in to bills is not the problem, they need to be funded and the amount they get is in the bill. This is a pie chart with pork (Athletic trainer liability plus other things). Talk to the person that put in the pork. All the statements pro and con are right.
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Erin's Opinion
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09/26/2018
Sure, but something needs to be done with TSA. I have gotten so sick of having an OB/GYN exam every time I fly, simply because I require underwire on my bra. Even with a sports bra containing no metal, I still get my long hair and mid back area physically searched (from the base of my skull to the top of my ass crack), even though I pass through the X-ray and metal detectors with no alarms. It’s gotten so bad I no longer fly. I prefer to drive 9-10 hours than being groped by a complete stranger. Also how are FAA and TSA issues contained in the same bill the protects sports trainers?
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Caitlyn's Opinion
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03/02/2017
Physicians and athletic trainers should be able to practice across state lines. With all the travel done by collegiate athletics, it doesn't make sense to not have something in place to allow practicing across state lines.
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Argument opposed

This bill cobbles together too many reforms and authorizations of agencies that should be considered individually on their merits.

Hulagurl1's Opinion
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09/26/2018
Really! It is strange how all these bills are blended with other bills. Not right!! Needs to be separated with more explanation...
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Catt's Opinion
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09/26/2018
Separate these items out into their own bills, and vote on them per each program's merit and sustainability. And while you're at it, defund and break up ICE, arrest its management and those of its officers who have committed assault and abuse against their prisoners, and send them to slave-camps-I-mean-prison. Then put that money back into the programs from which Tromp stole it to fund his own personal Gestapo.
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09/26/2018
These things should not all be in one Bill. This is PORK at its best. What happened to the GOP being the party to cut the deficit and cut spending. There has been MORE spending from the last two Republican Presidents and it’s been up to the Democrats to cut the budget. Do your job and CUT THE PORK!
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  • EnactedOctober 5th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 6th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed January 9th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJanuary 5th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 302?

This bill would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and reform federal disaster programs under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A detailed breakdown of each section’s key provisions can be found below.

FAA

The Airport Investment Program (AIP) would issue $3.35 billion in annual grants to public use airports of all sizes for planning and development purposes in each fiscal year through 2023.

Restrictions on the use of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) funds by airports would be lifted to let them more effectively finance projects, while the PFC application process would be streamlined.

The Federal Contract Tower Program would be reformed and the FAA’s cost-benefit analysis for current contract towers would be updated. A reme air traffic control tower pilot program would be established to deploy new advanced technologies and lower costs of air traffic control services.

The Dept. of Transportation (DOT) would be required to establish an Office of Spaceports to provide guidance, support licensing activities for spaceports, and promote infrastructure improvements.

The FAA’s certification process would be streamlined to increase the competitiveness of U.S. companies to compete globally and get their products to market on time. Workforce training and development for FAA inspectors and engineers would be enhanced.

The FAA would be authorized to certify new civil supersonic aircraft that reduce sonic booms.

Air Travel Reforms

The FAA would be required to establish minimum requirements for legroom, seat width, and length for passenger seats in commercial flights.

The involuntary bumping of passengers who’ve already boarded a plane would be prohibited, and regulations about the compensation of bumped passengers would have to be clarified.

It would be unlawful for any person to place a live animal in an overhead storage compartment of a commercial aircraft subject to a civil penalty.

The FAA would be required to consider revising rules to take steps to ensure pets aren’t wrongfully claimed as service animals by requiring photo identification or other documentation like health or vaccination records for service animals or documents from a physician about the necessity of a service animal.

The DOT would be required to review airline policies for traveling during pregnancy and consideration for granting early boarding to pregnant travelers. Private, sanitary rooms would be required in all large and medium commercial airport terminals for nursing mothers.

The use of cell phones for in-flight calls on commercial aircraft would be prohibited.

A position known as the Aviation Consumer Advocate (similar to the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate) would be created at DOT to help consumers resolve their air travel complaints. DOT would be required to incorporate new technologies in consumer complaint options.

A national task force would be established to address sexual misconduct in passenger aviation, which would review current practices, protocols, and requirements for air carriers’ responses to sexual misconduct allegations. The civil penalty for interfering with cabin or flight crew would be increased.

Aviation Safety

  • FAA safety training would be enhanced, and training to recognize signs of human trafficking would be required for safety personnel.

  • The FAA would pursue alternative methods of tracking aircraft over oceans, including international collaboration for developing standards to improve tracking.

  • The FAA would be required to review cabin evacuation assumptions to ensure that everyone can safely evacuate an airliner in an emergency within the required timeframe.

  • Flight crews would have a mandatory 10-hour break between work shifts.

Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This section of the bill would aim to further the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) into the national airspace. It’d advance low-altitude UAS traffic management systems and services in addition to advancing the development of sense-and-avoid and other technologies at UAS test ranges.

The FAA would be required to update regulations to authorize the carriage of property by operators of small UAS, and DOT would be authorized to update existing regulations for UAS package delivery.

Disaster Recovery Programs

FEMA disaster relief and Stafford Act programs would be reformed to ensure that a percentage of disaster relief assistance is invested in pre-disaster hazard mitigation to help states, tribes, and local governments can pre-empt the damage caused by disasters. It’d also clarify the uses of mitigation funding for different types of disasters (such as wildfires and floods)

This section would also seek to:

  • Expedite assistance for recipients of FEMA aid, resolve issues more quickly, and rebuild more efficiently.

  • Provide flexibility in meeting disaster survivors’ housing needs.

  • Help communities meet the shelter needs of pets in disasters.

Additionally, $1.68 billion in disaster relief funding would be provided to areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

TSA

The TSA would be authorized for three years at an average funding level of $7.9 billion annually. A five-year term would be established for the TSA Administrator, which would help the agency bridge administration transitions.

The TSA would also be:

  • Authorized to create up to 200 additional canine teams to build domestic capacity for testing and certifying explosive detection dogs.

  • Required to make real-time information on wait times via technology at each airport security checkpoint available to the public online and in airport terminals.

  • Leverage the private sector to make PreCheck enrollment easier for passengers and directs TSA to meet specific targets for expanding PreCheck enrollment.

NTSB

The NTSB would be allowed to disclose still images during its investigation of a safety failure. It’d also be required to produce a report on its “Most Wanted List” selection process and a methodology to accompany each recommendation.

Miscellaneous

This bill was amended from its original form to serve as the legislative vehicle for the above provisions, but it would still serve its original purpose: to extend the liability insurance coverage of state-licensed medical professionals to provide medical services to members of athletic teams and their staff that travel across state lines.

Impact

Americans who travel or are affected by disasters; FEMA; and the DOT.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 302

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) offered the following statement on the announcement of a bipartisan deal that provides for the reauthorization and reform of the FAA, TSA, and FEMA disaster relief programs:

“The FAA needs the long-term certainty provided by this bipartisan agreement, and America’s airport infrastructure, air travelers, and innovators across our aerospace industry will benefit from these improvements. In addition, this agreement will provide the most comprehensive disaster program reform since the post-Katrina law.”

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) added:

“Relief could soon be on the way for weary airline passengers facing smaller and smaller seats. Democrats and Republicans from both chambers agree that it is time for the administration to take action on ever-shrinking seats, refunds of fees for services airlines fail to deliver and dignified treatment for passengers with disabilities -- especially our disabled veterans.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / AlxeyPnferov)

AKA

Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018

Official Title

To provide protections for certain sports medicine professionals, to reauthorize Federal aviation programs, to improve aircraft safety certification processes, and for other purposes.

    They could start by giving back to FEMA $10 million dollars, they gave to ICE. Also the market was suppose to self regulate, don’t tale me it’s not working again, just like the banking industry, abuse in healthcare, Enron and others. Like daaa. The fox watching the hen house. Corporations self ruling and regulating, just like lowering emissions, safety, clean water, air pollution, oil spills, coal industry, child labor, fare wages, discrimination, work place abuse, cost over runs and more, not. Corporation seem to have no liability. They lobby the senate and congress to keep from being sued or have a class action lawsuit weaken and the Supreme Court side with corporation and not the people! Separating these in to bills is not the problem, they need to be funded and the amount they get is in the bill. This is a pie chart with pork (Athletic trainer liability plus other things). Talk to the person that put in the pork. All the statements pro and con are right.
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    Really! It is strange how all these bills are blended with other bills. Not right!! Needs to be separated with more explanation...
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    Separate these items out into their own bills, and vote on them per each program's merit and sustainability. And while you're at it, defund and break up ICE, arrest its management and those of its officers who have committed assault and abuse against their prisoners, and send them to slave-camps-I-mean-prison. Then put that money back into the programs from which Tromp stole it to fund his own personal Gestapo.
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    These things should not all be in one Bill. This is PORK at its best. What happened to the GOP being the party to cut the deficit and cut spending. There has been MORE spending from the last two Republican Presidents and it’s been up to the Democrats to cut the budget. Do your job and CUT THE PORK!
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    Sure, but something needs to be done with TSA. I have gotten so sick of having an OB/GYN exam every time I fly, simply because I require underwire on my bra. Even with a sports bra containing no metal, I still get my long hair and mid back area physically searched (from the base of my skull to the top of my ass crack), even though I pass through the X-ray and metal detectors with no alarms. It’s gotten so bad I no longer fly. I prefer to drive 9-10 hours than being groped by a complete stranger. Also how are FAA and TSA issues contained in the same bill the protects sports trainers?
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    There are some good provisions in this bill, and several that I cannot support. This should be split into individual bills so that the individual cases may be made.
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    Too many issues trying to be addressed in one bill. Each piece becomes less effective by inclusion. They need to be better scrutinized individually
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    Physicians and athletic trainers should be able to practice across state lines. With all the travel done by collegiate athletics, it doesn't make sense to not have something in place to allow practicing across state lines.
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    Separate this bill into individual issues. It covers too many issues. As far as the TSA, we haven't flown since 2002. We refuse to voluntarily give up our #FourthAmendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.
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    If it's all grouped into one bill, it allows for the issues to be muddled and not effectively implemented. It would be better to separate this into distinct bills that could be reviewed based on their merits and efficacy.
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    This should be 4 separate bills. Usually when a bunch of stuff is shoved together it means they are trying to force something unpopular trough. Also the TSA needs massive reform.
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    Separate the bills out individually. Lumping all this together is pure politics as usual.
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    With climate change we need this bill now more than ever!!
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    How about HIRING ALL OF THE UNEMPLOYED MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS to be TSA Agents? Makes more sense than hiring the IDIOTS they do now. I’d feel safer and they would know how to deal with terrorists/problems/difficult passengers! Yes I know this makes TO MUCH LOGICAL SENSE!!
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    You need to break the all down and vote for each item not cram them together
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    I agree with some of it but not all of it. Separate the issues. You're idiots...
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    They make bills that are like overgrown weeds, weeds look unsightly, but it’s hiding a bunch of trash underneath. Too many reforms on one bill plus hidden provisions added for the benefit of the candidates. Congress must have term limits so that they Can not abuse the system for their benefit and power.
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    Why are all these bills, with individual complex subject matters, being grouped into one mess of a bill? They should be individually voted on and adjusted accordingly.
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    This helps provides physicians the ability to treati athletes when outside of their state of licensure
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    That is a mouth full. I haven't even got into the meat of this. Why combining all these agencies together?
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