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Harrison Ford Addresses House GA Caucus

 

Harrison Ford and Rep. Sam Graves
Harrison Ford speaks to the House GA Caucus Tuesday in an event co-hosted by EAA and emceed by Rep. Sam Graves (right).

March 20, 2013 - Harrison Ford, former EAA Young Eagles chairman, was the featured speaker in an open briefing of the House General Aviation Caucus Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill. EAA co-hosted the event alongside several GA associations, as well as caucus chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA).

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bud Shuster (R-PA); GA Caucus member Tom Petri (R-WI), whose district includes EAA in Oshkosh; and many other representatives and their staffs were in attendance. Rep. Graves, himself an active EAA member, served as the event's master of ceremonies.

The discussion touched on several pressing matters facing GA, including the pending closure of contract towers due to sequestration, the ever-present threat of user fees, and other issues that are critical to the safety and vitality of the industry.

Ford spoke of his own passion for flight and about how important the general aviation industry is to the nation's economy. He specifically noted successful initiatives such as the EAA Young Eagles program as critical to involving youth in aviation and addressing a shortage of young people entering aerospace jobs. Finally, he urged representatives to join the GA Caucus and sign a letter currently being circulated around the House opposing user fees.

"Events like this are important to educate members of Congress on the benefits of general aviation and the key issues that we face as a community," said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations, who attended the event. "The more visible our industry is to Congress, the more allies we make in protecting our freedom to fly."

The House GA Caucus currently stands at 170 members, and EAA is pressing for a caucus membership of 218 - or half of the House of Representatives. You can encourage your senators and representative to join the GA caucuses today by signing on to our Rally Congress caucus membership campaign.

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