Oshkosh-Area Congressman Named Ranking Member On House Aviation Subcommittee
Rep. Tom Petri
January 10 , 2007 — Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) was named today as the ranking member on the House Aviation Subcommittee during the current Congress by ranking Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL). Petri serves Wisconsin's 6th District, home to EAA's Oshkosh headquarters. The term "ranking" denotes the leader of the minority party in committees and subcommittees.
"This subcommittee will handle the most important legislation to come before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the current Congress," Petri said. "With the current aviation program expiring this year, and with many other important issues coming before the Aviation Subcommittee, we are going to have a full plate."
He also commented about the importance of aviation to the 6th district. "Obviously, aviation is a major presence in our part of Wisconsin. We are the home of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Basler Turbo Conversions, and Oshkosh Truck, which is the leading manufacturer of aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles. But aviation is also vitally important nationally."
EAA President Tom Poberezny describes Petri as a person who knows aviation and how important it is to the nation's infrastructure. "We congratulate Congressman Petri on his new role as ranking member of the aviation subcommittee," Poberezny said. "Many important issues affecting not only our membership but all of aviation will come under the committee's scrutiny during the current Congress."
The Aviation Subcommittee has jurisdiction over civil aviation safety, security, infrastructure and labor, and exercises oversight over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Issues likely to be on the Aviation Subcommittee's agenda in the 110th Congress include the status of the Aviation Trust Fund; air traffic control modernization; the integration of new users into the National Airspace System; FAA personnel management; increased deployment of baggage and checkpoint screening technology; international aviation trade issues; and other issues vital to the aviation industry.
"Going into a year when we will be dealing with the FAA's reauthorization and other important issues, the selection of Congressman Petri to head up the Republican Members of the Aviation Subcommittee was an obvious choice," Rep. Mica said. "With Congressman Petri, we are benefiting from the expertise and diligence of one of our most senior, knowledgeable and hard-working Republican Members."