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  • FAA, DOT Stepping Up Pressure On Congress
    Posted by Frank Jackman 1:59 PM on Jul 25, 2011

    Congress last week failed to pass FAA reauthorization legislation and FAA and DOT are not happy. The first thing this morning here in Washington, FAA sent out a press release reminding everyone that 4,000 FAA employees have been furloughted and detailing the airport construction projects where work has been halted as a result of the impasse on Capitol Hill. In addition, FAA has created a list of the dozens of projects that have been halted and posted the list on its website. The list, which includes the value of each project, is likely to grow until legislation is approved. In addition, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt have just started a conference call to discuss the cost of Congressional inaction. "There is no excuse for Congress not pass a clean FAA bill," Lahood says. "Congress needs to get its act together."

    Tags: tw99, FAA, DOT, Congress

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