The HAI Government Affairs team provides important updates for members, including the status of 5G deployment and President Biden’s spending plan.

5G Deployment Delayed Another 2 Weeks
AT&T and Verizon agreed to a two-week delay of 5G rollout less than 48 hours ahead of the planned Jan. 5 launch. The agreement was made in response to mounting pressure from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, and other US transportation officials. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) also spoke on the issue in a Jan. 3 letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel, urging the delay of 5G deployment until aviation safety concerns were adequately addressed.

HAI is encouraged to see wireless carriers offer further concessions in an attempt to resolve the devastating impact that 5G deployment would have on airline operations. However, no mitigations for helicopter operations have been put in place at this time. HAI addressed the limitations of the measures offered by the telecommunications industry in a Jan. 3 statement on the deployment delay. HAI will continue to advocate for reasonable limitations on 5G deployment so that safety-critical equipment on helicopters isn’t compromised by harmful interference.

Senate Works on Path Forward for Biden Spending Plan
The Senate returned to Washington on Monday, Jan. 3, to continue working on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated his determination to hold a vote on a revised version of the House-passed spending plan, known as the Build Back Better Act, despite opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on the $2 trillion spending amount. No details about the revised bill have been released yet. Negotiations on the social spending and tax bill will likely delay efforts to reach a government funding deal before the Feb. 18 deadline. HAI will continue to provide members with updated information as it becomes available.

What’s on Tap for Congress in 2022
HAI Government Affairs has curated a PowerPoint presentation on the 2022 congressional calendar and Congress’s top legislative priorities going into this year. The presentation will be posted to the Legislative Action Center in the next few days for members to view.

Authors

  • HAI’s VP of government affairs, Cade Clark has directed association advocacy programs for over 20 years. Growing up, he worked at an FBO where Cade learned to fly, washed planes, got in the mechanics’ way, idolized the old-timers and their stories, and deepened his love for all things general aviation.

  • John Shea joined HAI as director of government affairs in 2019. He came to HAI from the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), where he was interim president in 2018 and lead government affairs representative since 2017. Previously, as a legislative staffer, John advised multiple members of Congress on transportation policy.

  • Emma Taylor joined HAI as a policy analyst in 2020. She graduated cum laude from Villanova University in December 2019 with a major in political science. Driven by her passion for public policy and advocacy, Emma is thrilled to start her career at HAI and has since developed a deeper appreciation for the vertical lift industry.

Cade Clark

Cade Clark

HAI’s VP of government affairs, Cade Clark has directed association advocacy programs for over 20 years. Growing up, he worked at an FBO where Cade learned to fly, washed planes, got in the mechanics’ way, idolized the old-timers and their stories, and deepened his love for all things general aviation.

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