Shuster releases statement on GAO report

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released a statement Tuesday on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

The GAO report offers an analysis of how past budget uncertainty has impacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The report is available online.

The analysis evaluates how the uncertainty concerning Congress’s authorization, appropriations and budget process has affected the FAA’S role. The FAA is designed to run the U.S. aviation system as well as apply modern updates to the system, but uncertainties have compromised the organization’s abilities to fulfill its job.

“This GAO report further highlights the need for Congress to take a comprehensive look at reforming the FAA, after decades of budget uncertainty and inability to meet its critical deadlines,” Shuster said. “It’s clear that we need to come together to find a new path forward that ensures that Americans can travel our skies safely and more efficiently and that U.S. aviation is globally competitive well into the future.”

Efficient, safe and reliable infrastructure is crucial to the national economy. When the United States was uncertain of its transportation and infrastructure, the economy suffered, negatively affecting local, regional and national communities.

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