Actions

No actions available.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 4646. Mr. BROWNBACK submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED STATES COMMERCIAL AND GENERAL AVIATION INDUSTRY.
(a) Establishment.--There is established a commission to be known as the ``Commission on the Future of the United States Commercial and General Aviation Industry''.
(b) Membership.--
(1) APPOINTMENT.--The Commission shall be comprised of 12 members, appointed not later than October 1, 2008, of whom--
(A) up to 6 shall be appointed by the President;
(B) 2 shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(C) 2 shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
(D) 1 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and
(E) 1 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
(2) QUALIFICATIONS.--The members of the Commission shall be appointed primarily from among persons with extensive private sector experience in commercial aviation manufacturing and persons with extensive private sector experience in general aviation manufacturing, and from among persons with extensive experience in economics, international trade, immigration policy, or labor policy as it relates to the Industry.
(3) PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT; VACANCIES.--Members shall be appointed for the life of the Commission. Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
(4) CHAIRMAN.--The President shall designate 1 member of the Commission to serve as the Chairman of the Commission.
(5) MEETINGS.--The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chairman. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum, but fewer members may hold hearings.
(c) Duties.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Commission shall--
(A) study the issues associated with the future of the Industry in the global economy, particularly with respect to the Industry's international competitiveness; and
(B) assess the future importance of the Industry for the economic growth and export potential of the United States.
(2) TOPICS OF STUDY.--In order to fulfill its responsibilities, the Commission shall study--
(A) current-, short-, and long-term trends in the global commercial aviation industry, including an assessment of--
(i) the effect of existing and recent foreign-based entrants into the commercial aviation market on the Industry; and
(ii) ways in which foreign governments provide incentives or engage in unfair trade practices to the detriment of the Industry;
(B) current-, short-, and long-term trends in the general aviation industry, including an assessment of--
(i) the effect on the Industry of existing and recent foreign-based entrants into the general aviation market;
(ii) the effect of general aviation on the economy of the United States;
(iii) the effect of general aviation on domestic job creation; and
(iv) ways in which general aviation contributes to the global economic competitiveness and balance of trade of the United States;
(C) the effect on the Industry of increasing costs for fossil fuel resources and the applicability of alternative fuels to replace fossil fuels;
(D) the Federal budget process, including an assessment of--
(i) the adequacy of projected budgets of Federal departments and agencies for aerospace research and development;
(ii) the adequacy of the level of communication and coordination between Federal departments and agencies as regards aerospace research and development; and
(iii) the adequacy of current levels of communication and consultation between Federal departments and agencies and industry stakeholders when developing aviation budgets and industry analysis;
(E) the tax laws, regulatory policies, and acquisition process of the Federal Government, including an assessment of their effect on maintaining a growing manufacturing base for all sectors of the Industry;
(F) laws governing international trade and exports, including an assessment of the adequacy of United States and multilateral trade laws and policies for maintaining the international competitiveness of the Industry;
(G) laws governing the immigration of skilled aerospace workers, including an assessment of the impact of current immigration laws on the short-term viability of the aerospace technology workforce; and
(H) the adequacy of--
(i) Federal, State, and local programs for the support of science and engineering education, including current programs for supporting aerospace science and engineering efforts at institutions of higher learning; and
(ii) programs for the support of workforce development at institutions of higher learning or State and local centers for technical training.
(d) Report.--
(1) SUBMISSION.--Not later than September 30, 2009, the Commission shall submit a report describing its activities to the President and Congress.
(2) CONTENTS.--The report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include--
(A) the Commission's findings and conclusions;
(B) the Commission's recommendations for actions by Federal departments and agencies and State and local governments to support the maintenance of a robust commercial and general aviation industry in the United States, including any recommendations for legislative or regulatory changes to support the implementation of the Commission's findings; and
(C) a discussion of the appropriate means for implementing the Commission's recommendations.
(e) Powers of the Commission.--
(1) ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS.--The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall provide the Commission with sufficient funding to procure such administrative services, facilities, staff, and other support services as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.
(2) HEARINGS.--The Commission may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission considers advisable to carry out the purposes of this section.
(3) INFORMATION FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES.--The Commission may request directly from any Federal department or agency any information that the Commission considers necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. The head of a department or agency receiving a request for information under this paragraph shall furnish such information to the Commission in accordance with applicable law.
(4) POSTAL SERVICES.--The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other Federal departments and agencies.
(f) Commission Personnel Matters.--
(1) COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS.--Members of the Commission shall serve without additional compensation for their service on the Commission, except that each member who is not an officer or employee of the Federal Government may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in Government service under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes and places of business
in the performance of services for the Commission.
(2) STAFF.--The chairman of the Commission may appoint staff of the Commission, request the detail of Federal employees, and accept temporary and intermittent services in accordance with section 3161 of title 5, United States Code.
(g) Termination.--The Commission shall terminate 30 days after the date of the submission of its report under subsection (d).
(h) Definitions.--
(1) In this section:
(A) COMMISSION.--The term ``Commission'' means the Commission on the Future of the United States Commercial and General Aviation Industry.
(B) INDUSTRY.--The term ``Industry'' means the commercial and general aviation industry in the United States.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on May 1, 2008.)