Congressman Chuck Fleischmann issued the following statement in support of H.R.4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included two amendments offered by Congressman Fleischmann:
“Today, the House voted for a long-term plan to rebuild our nation’s aviation infrastructure. Included in this legislation are two amendments I was proud to offer aimed to improve our nation’s airports and ensure that our skies are safe to travel for years to come.
"As we modernize our airports, we must capitalize on tools that have the ability to increase the lifespan of our current airport infrastructure.
Geosynthetic materials have proven to be both versatile and beneficial as we rebuild our runways, taxiways, and aprons. These materials have also been a source of jobs and a boon to the US economy. Simply put, the use of Geosynthetics should be encouraged, and I offered an amendment to do just that.
"My second amendment provided a straightforward solution to reduce the cost of and construction time for critical pavement projects while maintaining the highest level of safety. Our nation is home to over 5,000 General Aviation Airports that should not have to be subject to burdensome regulations at the expense of the maintenance and upkeep of our airport runways.
"The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 is a huge step forward as we work to deliver on the President’s Infrastructure Initiative and uphold the gold standard for our nation’s infrastructure.”