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NATCA Applauds Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill - (3/22/2010)

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi released the following statement after the Senate voted 93-0 Monday to pass the FAA reauthorization bill.

    “We are extremely pleased to see the passage of this long-awaited and urgently needed legislation. 

    “NATCA supports modernization of the National Airspace System and believes that collaboration with the FAA and involvement by all stakeholders will ensure a safe and effective transition to the system of the future. This bill not only paves the way for the safe implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) but also addresses key issues regarding the stability of the air traffic controller workforce, the inclusion of controllers as key stakeholders in the system and the realignment of FAA facilities.

    “This bill is another sign of progress and we now urge swift action by the House and Senate on a final bill that can soon be voted upon and sent to the President for his signature.”

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