U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), the only New Jersey Representative on the House Aviation Subcommittee, today lashed out at the U.S. Senate for adjourning for the weekend without passing a short-term extension of the FAA Authorization Act. This ensures that thousands of FAA employees including 646 employees at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, will be furloughed at midnight tonight. Additionally, $44.7 million worth of projects in New Jersey, including some work on the NEXTGEN project, will now be delayed.
"The Senate's refusal to pass an extension for the FAA is extremely irresponsible and indefensible," blasted LoBiondo. "As a result of the Senate's inaction, 646 employees at the Tech Center will be told not to report to work, which will cause an unnecessary and avoidable hardship for them and their families, especially in these difficult economic times. The House has done its part and passed an extension, and now the Senate needs to do the same."
On Wednesday, July 20, the House passed an extension (H.R. 2553) of the FAA's programs and operations which maintains current funding levels until September 16, 2011. This is the 21st extension required by Congress to prevent a disruption in the FAA.