The Senate also passed medical reform as part of its FAA reauthorization bill in April and unanimously in the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 last December.
“It’s clear that third class medical reform has strong bipartisan support,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “The Senate has passed these reforms three times already, and the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 has 178 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. It’s time for the House to take action and pass Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 so we can get much-needed medical reforms.”
In a June 14 op-ed, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), an original sponsor of Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 and a strong proponent of medical reform, also urged the House to move forward and pass medical reform as part of its next steps toward FAA authorization, “whether that is an extension or a full reauthorization.”
The FAA’s current authorization extension expires July 15. If a reauthorization bill has not been signed into law by then, Congress will be forced to enact another extension to keep the agency operating.