House T&I Committee Passes Shutdown Insurance Bill
On Oct. 27, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) passed H.R. 4042, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021. NATCA strongly supports this important legislation which would protect NATCA’s members and ensure that the FAA could continue to meet its mission by maintaining the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System during a lapse in appropriations for up to 30 days. 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, provided tremendous leadership in shepherding this critical legislation through the committee. 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.