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NATCA Statement on House Passage of Landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON – Rich Santa, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), which represents nearly 20,000 aviation safety professionals, issued this statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA):

“This bipartisan infrastructure legislation is not only great news for the country, but also very significant for NATCA members. Once the president signs it into law, this legislation will provide $5 billion to help bring air traffic control facilities up to standard. Although this funding will not resolve every issue in every facility across the country, it is a major step in the right direction.

“As our members know well based on their daily experiences in their facilities, and as we testified before Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) physical infrastructure needs immediate attention. Upgrading the FAA’s aging air traffic control facility infrastructure remains a top priority for NATCA. Many of our facilities have exceeded their life expectancy, while others need extensive repairs and/or replacement of critical physical infrastructure systems including roofs, windows, HVAC systems, elevators, and plumbing. We expect that the IIJA will address many of these issues.

“NATCA thanks the members of Congress who supported this critical legislation, which will greatly improve the physical infrastructure of the National Airspace System (NAS), helping to ensure that it remains the safest, most efficient in the world.”

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 301-346-8245, dchurch@natcadc.org.

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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, 5 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 nearly 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.

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