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WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) applauds the passage of a bipartisan Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government through Nov. 17, 2023, and extends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization through Dec. 31, 2023. 

The passage of the CR averts what would have been a costly government shutdown that would have weakened our aviation system by introducing unnecessary risk to the National Airspace System. 

“Every aviation safety professional is relieved that we have temporarily averted a government shutdown. However, NATCA will continue to speak with members of Congress every day to reinforce that there can be no delay in negotiating full-year appropriations legislation and long-term FAA reauthorization that can receive bipartisan and bicameral support,” said NATCA President Rich Santa. “Funding must be secured as soon as possible – not 45 days from now.”


Galen Munroe, Deputy Director of Public Affairs; 202-220-9802, [email protected].

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 123 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.

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