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NATCA Urges FAA to Stop Issuing Furlough Threats and Playing Political Games with Critical Programs - (9/9/2003)

CONTACT: Doug Church, 202.220.9802

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr released the following statement today on the Federal Aviation Administration’s threat to start furloughing employees if the FAA Reauthorization Bill is not passed by Sept. 30:

“The Administration now has to deal with the political mess it created by defying the expressed will of both the House and the Senate and secretly inserting privatization language into a conference report. They now have to admit that they put many positive aspects of this legislation at risk. The threats coming from the Administration are in response to an overwhelming public outcry that safety be put before political ideology.”

“It is time for the Administration to stop putting this important bill at risk by insisting on including a privatization provision that has no public support. The public has rejected the notion of putting air traffic control up for sale to the lowest bidder. The Administration needs to stop holding critical airport improvement programs hostage and drop its misguided threat to veto this bill over privatization.”


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