U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), author of the Protect Our Skies Act, released the following statement today on the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the Senate-passed bill to provide the Secretary of Transportation with additional flexibility to transfer funds to prevent reduced operations and staffing at the FAA:
"The House has joined the Senate to send a clear bipartisan message to the White House: use the flexibility you have to put safety first and solve this problem. This bill directs the FAA to find savings elsewhere in their budget rather than target air traffic controllers for furloughs and control towers for closure. Through smarter cuts, rather than tax hikes or smoke and mirrors, the bill provides $253 million in additional funding flexibility to the FAA -- more than enough to protect both air traffic controllers and the 149 contract control towers slated for closure. This bipartisan solution is about safety -- and is a victory for air travelers and communities nationwide."