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SA 4650. Mr. COBURN 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. __. SAFE AND ON TIME AIR TRAVEL.
(a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``Safe and On Time Travel Act.''
(b) Prioritizing Aviation Projects.--Any congressionally directed spending item (as that term is defined in rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate, as added by section 521 of the House Leadership in Government Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-81)), designated for administration by the Federal Aviation Administration shall be subject to the Administration's review and selection process. After the Administration completes its review, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation
shall determine if the merits of each such congressionally directed spending item outweighs the merits of any backlogged projects and has resulted in flight delays or poses a risk to airline safety. If the Secretary determines that the congressionally directed spending item does not outweigh the backlogged project, the Secretary shall have the authority to reprogram funding provided for any such congressionally directed spending item for an identified backlogged project.
(c) Report.--The Secretary shall submit a report to Congress and make available annually on the Department's website the findings of the Federal Aviation Administration reviews of congressionally directed spending items. The report shall identify the following:
(1) A cost estimate and location of each backlogged project that may be affecting flight delays or pose a risk to airline safety.
(2) A cost estimate and location of each congressionally directed spending item designated for administration by the Federal Aviation Administration.
(3) The result of each of the Administration's reviews and selection processes with respect to the merits of each congressionally directed spending item.
(4) A listing of any congressionally directed spending item with respect to which funding was reprogrammed to reduce flight delays or improve airline safety.
(5) A detailed description of how the reprogramming of funding for any congressionally directed spending item was spent to reduce flight delays or improve airline safety.


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