Congressman Russell Introduces Bill to Prevent Closure of FAA Aircraft Registry Office
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 3062, a bill which would ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Registry Office in Oklahoma City remains open in the event of a government shutdown. The government shutdown in 2013 resulted in an unprecedented closure of the FAA Aircraft Registry Office in Oklahoma City and a furlough of its employees. This closure had a severe impact on aviation industries and national security efforts. This must not happen again in the event of another government shutdown. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a companion bill, S. 1432, in the Senate.
Congressman Russell addressed the importance of this bill, stating “We must ensure that the FAA Aircraft Registry Office always remains open and operational for the sake of the aviation industry as well as our national security. No government shutdown should ever be allowed to disrupt these vital responsibilities.”
“S. 1432 ensures that the Oklahoma City FAA Aircraft Registry Office, which maintains a commercial and general aviation aircraft registry database, remains open during a government shutdown.” said Senator Inhofe. “Not only is this office essential for the day-to-day operations of the aviation industry, but the database it houses is vital to maintaining our national security interests in the event of a 9/11-style terrorist attack.”
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, triennial registration was mandated for all aircraft to help the government identify and mitigate potential terrorist threats. Once registered, aircraft can then be tracked and monitored by the FAA Aircraft Registry Office’s database. Any lapse in its operation could threaten our security.