2:35 PM EDT

Blake Randolph Farenthold, R-TX 27th

Mr. FARENTHOLD. Mr. Chair, I rise today to offer an amendment to direct $6 million to the FAA for additional radar technology and equipment to the Standard Terminal Arrival Route, called STARs, in area navigation. This additional radar technology would be placed on U.S. Navy property where flight training operations are conducted. It is designed to mitigate the cumulative effects of electromagnetic radar interference from constructed or proposed wind turbines.

What we have got is a problem that is developing throughout the country where wind farms are interfering with the ability of our radar to track planes. This is a safety consideration. It is important to making sure that we have adequately trained pilots in the Navy.

As we move towards more clean energy like wind energy, it is important that we look at some of the unintended consequences of these. This radar interference with FAA radar and radar used by the Navy in training purposes, and in some instances other branches of the service, is a real safety hazard.

This money will be used to develop the technology so these radars can either be networked or additional weather band parts of the radar can be adapted to mitigate the interference of these wind turbines. There is a real chance that these wind farms, as more and more of them come online, would severely impact radar operations throughout the country.

It is crucial that we invest in mitigation technologies and strategies to make renewable energy products even more compatible with our Naval training and FAA operations, and the time to act is now. I urge my colleagues to adopt this amendment.

I yield back the remainder of my time.

2:35 PM EDT

Blake Randolph Farenthold, R-TX 27th

Mr. FARENTHOLD. Mr. Chair, I rise today to offer an amendment to direct $6 million to the FAA for additional radar technology and equipment to the Standard Terminal Arrival Route, called STARs, in area navigation. This additional radar technology would be placed on U.S. Navy property where flight training operations are conducted. It is designed to mitigate the cumulative effects of electromagnetic radar interference from constructed or proposed wind turbines.

What we have got is a problem that is developing throughout the country where wind farms are interfering with the ability of our radar to track planes. This is a safety consideration. It is important to making sure that we have adequately trained pilots in the Navy.

As we move towards more clean energy like wind energy, it is important that we look at some of the unintended consequences of these. This radar interference with FAA radar and radar used by the Navy in training purposes, and in some instances other branches of the service, is a real safety hazard.

This money will be used to develop the technology so these radars can either be networked or additional weather band parts of the radar can be adapted to mitigate the interference of these wind turbines. There is a real chance that these wind farms, as more and more of them come online, would severely impact radar operations throughout the country.

It is crucial that we invest in mitigation technologies and strategies to make renewable energy products even more compatible with our Naval training and FAA operations, and the time to act is now. I urge my colleagues to adopt this amendment.

I yield back the remainder of my time.

2:37 PM EDT

Tom Latham, R-IA 3rd

Mr. LATHAM. The purpose of the amendment is to provide funding for Navy operations that might be affected by new and existing wind turbines. Upgrades to air traffic control to address Navy requirements resulting from the construction of wind farms are the responsibility of the Department of Defense and potentially those who are constructing the new wind farms. FAA would have a role in consulting with DOD to upgrades of air traffic control facilities, but this is typically done as a reimbursable

agreement between DOD and the FAA.

Further, we cannot accept this offset. We have already reduced DOT salaries and expenses for the Office of the Secretary down to the level provided in fiscal year 2012. We have provided funds in this account to protect transportation consumers, ensure safety across DOT programs, and provide oversight of DOT programs to safeguard the taxpayer.

I would be happy to work with the gentleman to ensure the FAA has an appropriate partner to help in addressing this issue, but I must oppose the gentleman's amendment.

I urge a ``no'' vote and yield back the balance of my time.

2:37 PM EDT

Tom Latham, R-IA 3rd

Mr. LATHAM. The purpose of the amendment is to provide funding for Navy operations that might be affected by new and existing wind turbines. Upgrades to air traffic control to address Navy requirements resulting from the construction of wind farms are the responsibility of the Department of Defense and potentially those who are constructing the new wind farms. FAA would have a role in consulting with DOD to upgrades of air traffic control facilities, but this is typically done as a reimbursable

agreement between DOD and the FAA.

Further, we cannot accept this offset. We have already reduced DOT salaries and expenses for the Office of the Secretary down to the level provided in fiscal year 2012. We have provided funds in this account to protect transportation consumers, ensure safety across DOT programs, and provide oversight of DOT programs to safeguard the taxpayer.

I would be happy to work with the gentleman to ensure the FAA has an appropriate partner to help in addressing this issue, but I must oppose the gentleman's amendment.

I urge a ``no'' vote and yield back the balance of my time.

2:37 PM EDT

Tom Latham, R-IA 3rd

Mr. LATHAM. The purpose of the amendment is to provide funding for Navy operations that might be affected by new and existing wind turbines. Upgrades to air traffic control to address Navy requirements resulting from the construction of wind farms are the responsibility of the Department of Defense and potentially those who are constructing the new wind farms. FAA would have a role in consulting with DOD to upgrades of air traffic control facilities, but this is typically done as a reimbursable

agreement between DOD and the FAA.

Further, we cannot accept this offset. We have already reduced DOT salaries and expenses for the Office of the Secretary down to the level provided in fiscal year 2012. We have provided funds in this account to protect transportation consumers, ensure safety across DOT programs, and provide oversight of DOT programs to safeguard the taxpayer.

I would be happy to work with the gentleman to ensure the FAA has an appropriate partner to help in addressing this issue, but I must oppose the gentleman's amendment.

I urge a ``no'' vote and yield back the balance of my time.

2:39 PM EDT

Ed Pastor, D-AZ 7th

Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to the amendment.

I agree with the chairman that DOD, Department of Defense, has the primary responsibility, and FAA would be a partner in that venture. We also agree that the reduction of salaries and expenses below the FY 2014 level--we don't know what consequences it would have, possibly RIFs or layoffs, and so for that reason, I ask opposition to the amendment.

I yield back the balance of my time.

The CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Farenthold).

The amendment was rejected.

The CHAIR. The Clerk will read.

2:39 PM EDT

Ed Pastor, D-AZ 7th

Mr. PASTOR of Arizona. Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to the amendment.

I agree with the chairman that DOD, Department of Defense, has the primary responsibility, and FAA would be a partner in that venture. We also agree that the reduction of salaries and expenses below the FY 2014 level--we don't know what consequences it would have, possibly RIFs or layoffs, and so for that reason, I ask opposition to the amendment.

I yield back the balance of my time.

The CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Farenthold).

The amendment was rejected.

The CHAIR. The Clerk will read.