Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is confident that his Small Airplane Revitalization Act – which passed the House unanimously last month – will be approved next month by the Senate and signed soon after by President Obama. The bill, which updates small aircraft certification regulations, is one of few approved by the House this year. A key reason why this bill made it through is that Pompeo worked hard to get input and support from different stakeholders, including government regulators and the Machinists union (which Pompeo praised as being very helpful). Because of this input, the final bill was better than the original draft, Pompeo told The Eagle editorial board. If only such outreach and collaboration were the norm in Congress, rather than a rare exception.
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