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New Congress Will Bring Changes, Challenges For Recretional Aviation


November 9, 2006 — Aviators will find that when the new Congress convenes in January, many of the people and seats of powers will be different. As EAA studies Tuesday's voting results, the context in which aviation issues are addressed could be quite a change from the past several years. Every Congressional election brings changes, but the results of the 2006 midterm elections produced one of the most significant shifts in political power since 1994. Democrats will control the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This means new committee structures, new leadership and new agendas.

"On first review, the new party leadership in Congress creates an additional point of check-and-balance in the user fee discussion, which should be beneficial in the efforts to prevent implementation of this idea," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "EAA looks forward to working with the new members of Congress and re-establishing our relationships with returning members."

Now that the voting is concluded the issues that matter to EAA members and other aviators - user fees, burdensome security regulations, and others among them - are the same. EAA will work on those important issues with key figures in the legislative and executive branches, regardless of party affiliation. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, EAA does not and cannot by law endorse specific candidates for political office.

Strong aviation voices remain in Congress, among them a number of EAA members. EAA's approach with these Representatives and Senators, as well as with other members of Congress, will be one of constructive engagement that has been successful for EAA through more than 50 years. Finding solutions that maintain the rights and privileges of pilots, while addressing the national needs, is foremost on EAA's to-do list.

In general aviation, there is much to be done. We eagerly anticipate getting started with a new Congress. We'll keep EAA members updated on the issues that matter most to them and let them know what part they can play to assist.

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