FAA Modernization and Reform Act

Nothing defines members of congress more accurately than how they vote on key issues. Far more often than not, you’ll find Tom Udall’s votes on the “wrong” side of important bills! Reference supporting article links below.

What This Bill Does:

This is ostensibly a bill that improves airline industry security, operations, safety standards and provides funds for modernizing facilities and equipment throughout the industry. The bill, however, also authorizes the FAA to pursue a burgeoning “drone” industry that allows unmanned drones to fly over American soil (approximately 30,000 in the next decade). The privacy issues are huge and incontrovertible. In view of all the government spying, warrantless searches of persons and property, drone hit lists killing people overseas, and abuse of power by local and federal police agencies, this is a very scary vote to make.

What Vote Aids Middle America: “No”

The question of drones deserves much more debate and scrutiny. It should not be squeezed into an airline safety bill which most Americans would be comfortable with. The “No” vote would have been the correct vote. In this case, the 10% of the bill that is most dangerous to American civil liberties contaminates the 90% of the bill that is probably acceptable.

What Tom Udall Voted: “Yes”

Once again, voting with the pack, Tom Udall took money from proponents of the bill and opened a can of worms. In ten years we will see the results of this vote and not like them, much like other votes Tom Udall has made. We send people to represent us who look at the good and bad sides of each bill and vote to protect us from the bad. “Do no harm” should be the philosophy of every politician. Tom Udall consistently makes bad votes that go against common sense and the people he says he represents.