U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today lambasted the Senate for failing to pass an extension of the FAA authorization to end the current partial shutdown that took effect at midnight on Friday, July 22nd. Specifically, LoBiondo singled out Republican Senators for blocking earlier efforts to pass an extension and Democratic Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) for failing to compromise with the House on reforms to wasteful taxpayer subsidies due to recipients in his home state. Due to their inaction, FAA programs and furloughed workers will remain in limbo until mid-September.
"It is inexcusable that Congress has fled Washington without completing its most basic function of keeping the government working. Today, Senator Rockefeller refused to allow a proposal to move forward that would get 4,000 FAA furloughed workers and tens of thousands of contractors back to work on critical FAA projects including NEXTGEN. Yesterday, Senate Republicans refused to consider a compromise. The losers in this preventable situation are the FAA employees, small businesses contractors, South Jersey and the nation," blasted LoBiondo, the only New Jersey Representative on the House Aviation Subcommittee. "In the latest and greatest example of Washington's dysfunction, blame is equally shared by all sides."