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Secretary LaHood Expresses Disappointment with Congress after FAA Extension Goes Unaddressed

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avatar Secretary LaHood Expresses Disappointment with Congress after FAA Extension Goes Unaddressed
July 22, 2011 03:40PM
WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt expressed disappointment today after Congress adjourned for the week without passing a clean FAA reauthorization extension. Because of Congress’ inaction, many states will have to bear a significant economic burden and many airport projects will be halted.

“I’m very disappointed that Congress adjourned today without passing a clean extension of the FAA bill,” said Secretary LaHood. “Because of their inaction, states and airports won’t be able to work on their construction projects, and too many people will have to go without a paycheck. This is no way to run the best aviation system in the world.”

The current FAA reauthorization expires at midnight tonight, Friday, July 22, 2011. Congress has extended the FAA’s authorization 20 separate times without controversy. Without an extension, the FAA will be forced to furlough nearly 4,000 employees and will be unable to move forward on important airport construction projects and other critical airport activities.


http://www.spinics.net/lists/faa/msg00227.html
It's bad enought that congress keeps raiding the Airports & Airways Trust Fund. Now this.
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