Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, has issued the following statement on the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration:
"I again urge the Senate to approve the House-passed extension and send it to the President for his signature. The partial FAA shutdown could be ended immediately. The Senate has failed to pass any extension in the two weeks since we passed ours, and the House extension is the only bill that will go directly to the President to be signed into law. The affected employees should not be victims of misplaced concerns over process and prerogatives that mean little to those out of work. We need to end this impasse and get the FAA and construction workers back on the job.
"As to the inclusion of the Essential Air Service reforms in the House bill, these are modest reforms which the Senate should consider on their merits. In fact, earlier this year the Senate approved similar provisions but the Senators are now refusing to let us agree with them."