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SUPPORT THE GENERAL AVIATION COMMUNITY
(Mr. ROKITA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. ROKITA. Mr. Speaker, I was disappointed last week to read about
some criticizing the general aviation community as a “special interest
group” that was trying to stand in the way of progress and
We are for modernization, as modernization has already taken off, and
we have been partners from the very beginning. The fact of the matter
that GA is not some special interest group. We are family, friends, and
neighbors. There are doctors, teachers, community leaders, and, most
importantly, small businessmen that rely on general aviation to create
They are just like, in fact, my son, Ryan, who is with us today, who
absolutely loves aviation and wants to be a pilot when he grows up. And
that is because he has been exposed to general aviation.
General aviation is an important part of our community and our
economy. It employs 1.2 million people and adds $219 billion, Mr.
Speaker, of economic output.
So I ask my colleagues to side with general aviation on any bill that
comes to the floor, like the one that came out of the Transportation
Committee, and vote against such measures.
Moving a system where everyone is treated equally to a system where
one user benefits over another is a bad idea and one that we should
reject as anathema to American exceptionalism.