Powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure weighs in against permanent ADIZ

January 11, 2005

Powerful Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure weighs in against permanent ADIZ
Forty members of Congress make their concerns known to FAA

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has direct control over the FAA, has expressed its concern over the proposal to make the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) permanent. It also has requested public meetings that include Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security officials, and it has asked for an extended comment period.

"There is a real concern about the need for and utility of such wide-sweeping flight restrictions," 40 committee members told FAA Administrator Marion Blakey in a letter. "As such, it seems very reasonable for the FAA and DHS to clearly identify the conditions that would allow the removal of the restrictions and a process for lifting the restrictions immediately."

Rep. Don Young
Rep. Don Young
Rep. James Oberstar
Rep. James Oberstar

"Forty members of Congress came together under the bipartisan leadership of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young and Ranking Member Jim Oberstar as well as aviation subcommittee Chairman John Mica and Ranking Subcommittee Member Ray Costello to show their concern about the rulemaking," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "That should send a strong, clear message to the FAA that pilots, aircraft owners, and members of Congress are opposed to making the ADIZ as it currently exists permanent."

The committee stipulated that if the FAA decides to make the ADIZ permanent, it should include in the final rule conditions under which the airspace restrictions can be lifted.

The committee requested that the FAA extend the public comment period for 60 days and conduct one or more public meetings regarding the proposed rulemaking. And committee members sent a strong message that the jurisdiction for this matter goes beyond the FAA.

"Additionally, we recommend that the FAA invite DOD and DHS officials to attend these public meetings to facilitate a better understanding of the operational challenges caused by the ADIZ," the committee told Blakey. "Reviewing written comments alone will not allow the FAA and other federal security officials a full opportunity to pose questions and explore alternatives."

These members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee signed the letter to Blakey:

  • Don Young (R-Alaska)
  • James Oberstar (D-Minn., 8th District)
  • John Mica (R-Fla., 7th District)
  • Jerry Costello (D-Ill., 12th District)
  • Timothy Johnson (R-Ill., 15th District)
  • Jerry Moran (R-Kan., 1st District)
  • Howard Coble (R-N.C., 6th District)
  • Frank A. LoBiondo (R-N.J., 2nd District)
  • Tim Holden (D-Pa., 17th District)
  • Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y., 29th District)
  • Michael M. Honda (D-Calif., 15th District)
  • John Boozman (R-Ark., 3rd District)
  • Leonard L. Boswell (D-Iowa, 3rd District)
  • Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio, 14th District)
  • Spencer T. Bachus III (R-Ala., 6th District)
  • Robert Menendez (D-N.J., 13th District)
  • Jon C. Porter (R-Nev., 3rd District)
  • Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif., 37th District)
  • Richard H. Baker (R-La., 6th District)
  • Sam Graves (R-Mo., 6th District)
  • Corrine Brown (D-Fla., 3rd District)
  • Bob Ney (R-Ohio, 18th District)
  • Peter DeFazio (D-Ore., 4th District)
  • Todd R. Platts (R-Pa., 19th District)
  • Robin Hayes (R-N.C., 8th District)
  • Nick Rahall (D-W.Va., 3rd District)
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
  • Tom Petri (R-Wis., 6th District)
  • Jim Gerlach (R-Pa., 6th District)
  • Shelley Berkley (D-Nev., 1st District)
  • Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-Pa., 13th District)
  • Rick Larsen (D-Wash., 2nd District)
  • Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif., 10th District)
  • Jim Matheson (D-Utah, 2nd District)
  • John T. Salazar (D-Colo., 3rd District)
  • Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J., 8th District)
  • Charles W. Dent (R-Pa., 15th District)
  • Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-La., 7th District)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas, 30th District)

Kay Granger (R-Texas, 12th District), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, also signed the letter to the FAA.

November 1, 2005