U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today introduced the "Furloughed FAA Employees Compensation Act" that would grant the U.S. Secretary of Transportation the authority to pay the salaries and related benefits of those federal employees who were furloughed during the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The shutdown began at midnight on July 22, 2011 and ended on August 5, 2011. It affected approximately 4,000 federal FAA employees nationwide including nearly 650 at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
"For the past two weeks it was important to get these workers back on the job. Now my focus is to get them back pay and to ensure this avoidable situation never happens again," said LoBiondo, the only New Jersey representative on the House Aviation Subcommittee.