Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend,
Indiana decided a couple years ago that he wanted to be President, but
settled to being named U.S. Secretary of Transportation February 3 in
the Biden era.
Mayor Pete oversees roughly 55,000 employees
and an $84 billion budget across nearly a dozen agencies including the
Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration.
As Mayor of South Bend, Buttigieg oversaw
more than 1,000 employees and a budget of around $380 million.
Now Mayor Pete has a letter from Massachusetts
Senator Markey and Connecticut Senator Blumenthal, both Democrats, outlining
some forever legislation they hoped to enact in one form or another under
the working title ‘Ensuring Health Safety in the Skies Act’
— that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT), Health
and Human Services (HHS), and Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a joint
task force to recommend rules of air travel during and after the COVID-19
The Reality Check Is In The Mail
“Senate Bill S.82 does have good points
that bring many parties from government agencies and many players of the
“Any bill that works collaboratively
is good,” said Michael White, CEO-Trade Network Consultants, LLC.
Mike White is an absolute ace when it comes
to things government.
Mike, who retired in December as President
of IATA Cargo Network Services (CNS), admits that he has been plugged
into Washington and it’s workings “for half my adult life.”
He also declared that he is, “still
engaged” and keeping quite busy post CNS.
“The concern is, the regulators walk
a tight line between what is good in enduring safety and one that could
create regulations that could compromise civil aviation.”
“While a Congressman, Senator Markey’s
lack of listening to industry experts in the air cargo industry is a concern.
He, nor his staff, listened to those that were being regulated.
“It has to be a cooperative process
and I hope that Secretary Buttigieg will bring the principals of “working
together” as he leads the task force, if the bill passes.
“I would like to hear more about what
part the EPA plays on the task force as well.”
Getting Priorities Straight
“A similar House bill (HR.8212) was
introduced last year also that would have required a national aviation
preparedness plan by the DOT, which is kind of putting the horse behind
“We can only hope that the new administration
takes all views into consideration before making recommendations to Congress,”
Mike White said.