Diaz-Balart Supports FAA Reauthorization and Natural Disaster Mitigation Efforts
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act. H.R. 4 also includes the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA).
“I am proud to vote for today's five year FAA reauthorization that will provide stability to our nation's airspace and airline industry. As Transportation Appropriations Chairman, I recognize the importance of this legislation and the support it will gives to our nation's infrastructure and the 2.5 million passengers that travel through our airports daily. This bill includes reforms to increase safety and security measures, as well as provisions to ensure the United States remains the global leader in aviation innovation and passenger service.
“The bill also addresses increased mitigation efforts ahead of natural disasters. In the wake of the 2017 hurricane season, we saw how critical preparedness is to protecting our homes and families. This legislation provides for grants to flood-proof hospitals and first responder centers, elevate existing structures, and allow for more frequent use of wind-resilient construction materials, which can make a significant difference in disaster preparation and recovery. By taking the right steps in resilient construction and readiness, we can lessen the impact natural disasters have on our communities.
“I congratulate Speaker Ryan and Chairman Shuster for their leadership on this legislation, and look forward to continue working with them to keep Americans moving safely and efficiently and to advocate and provide for stronger mitigation efforts.”