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Blunt Urges Commerce Committee to Support Reforms to Strengthen American Manufacturing

May 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Senators John Thune (S.D.), Chairman of the Commerce Committee, and Bill Nelson (Fla.), Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee, urging them to strengthen American aerospace manufacturing by including significant certification and regulatory reforms as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill this year. Click here to read the letter.

“The aerospace industry plays an important role in driving economic growth, but unnecessary red tape is making it more difficult for manufacturers to deliver safer products in a timely manner,” said Blunt. “Streamlining this process will lead to safer technologies, create more good-paying jobs, and help U.S. companies compete in a global economy. I look forward to working with Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson to ensure our nation has the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world.”

With a $59.9 billion positive impact on the trade balance, civil aircraft manufacturing is the top net exporter in the United States. Approving aircraft and components in a timely manner is critical for U.S. manufacturers to deliver safer products in an increasingly global marketplace. Implementing reforms to streamline the certification process will help expedite approvals for new safety technology, strengthen U.S. aviation sales and exports, and better utilize the resources of the FAA and aerospace industry.

Last year, Congress passed bipartisan legislation that directed the FAA to refocus its efforts on areas that have the highest impact on safety, and to better leverage the technical expertise and resources of the private sector.

In March 2017, Blunt chaired a subcommittee hearing to examine additional reforms that are needed to address many of the underlying inefficiencies that continue to cause long wait times and cost increases for approval of new designs.

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