Pompeo’s aviation bill triumphs in unanimous House vote

The U.S. House passed Rep. Mike Pompeo’s Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 on Tuesday with a 411-0 vote – astonishing in the context of so much Capitol Hill dysfunction and dissent. It was just two months ago that the Wichita Republican introduced the bill, which has the support of the Machinists union as well as aviation industry groups. It grew out of the recommendations of a Federal Aviation Administration rule-making panel composed of aviation experts and industry representatives. Politico, as an example of what the measure aims to replace, noted that current FAA regulations specify the type of Bunsen burner that aviation companies must use when conducting flammability tests. Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday: “These new streamlined regulations will decrease costs, increase safety and improve global competitiveness.” That means the new rules should benefit Wichita’s planemakers and economy. But first the bill needs to pass the Senate, where it’s being championed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Congratulations to Pompeo for showing that Congress still can work as intended when it wants to and the cause is right.