NATCA Strongly Supports Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021, Passed Today Out of the House T&I Committee
WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) strongly supports H.R. 4042, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021, passed today by the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I). The bipartisan bill, which has widespread aviation stakeholder support, would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to draw from the Airport & Airway Trust Fund for 30 days in the event of a government shutdown, ensuring the National Airspace System continues to operate safely and efficiently.
The legislation was introduced by T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and T&I Committee members Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio.
“NATCA thanks Chairman DeFazio, Chairman Larsen, and T&I Committee members Fitzpatrick and Gibbs for their leadership in shepherding this critical legislation through the committee,” NATCA President Rich Santa said. “The legislation would protect NATCA members and ensure that FAA could continue to meet its mission by maintaining the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System during a lapse in appropriations. For many years, NATCA has advocated for a stable, predictable funding stream. This legislation would provide a temporary shield against destructive government shutdowns and protection for ongoing programs and projects that have to waste weeks preparing for potential shutdowns even when they are avoided at the last minute.”
In the 116th Congress, similar legislation was co-sponsored by 303 members of the U.S. House of Representatives: 197 Democrats and 106 Republicans. It was introduced in February 2019 after the longest U.S. government shutdown in history.
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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, five Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 118 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.