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NATCA Welcomes House Votes Barring FAA from Consolidating and Co-Locating Air Traffic Control Facilities - (6/15/2006)

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr issued the statement below following Wednesday’s bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to block the Federal Aviation Administration from consolidating and co-locating Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities. The House voted overwhelmingly – 261-166 – to approve an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations bill offered by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. The vote comes just one week after an overwhelming bipartisan majority - 65 percent - of House members voted to send NATCA and the FAA back to the contract negotiating table and prevent the agency from unilaterally imposing working terms and conditions on its employees. 

“This vote should be yet another wake up call for the FAA. For the second time in as many weeks the U.S. House of Representatives has sent a clear bipartisan message to the agency to abandon ill-conceived plans that threaten the safety and integrity of our nation’s aviation system. NATCA salutes the many Representatives from both sides of the aisle -- led by Representatives Wexler, Shaw, Foley and Hastings -- who helped ensure that this amendment passed with such an overwhelming majority.

 “We call on the FAA to recognize the significant dangers inherent in their consolidation and co-location plans. But the agency’s shocking record of ignoring the will of Congress speaks for itself. For that reason, we remain concerned that the FAA will continue to use taxpayer funds to lobby for this dangerous plan when it is considered by the Senate. NATCA members are working diligently to educate their Senators on the important issues of consolidation and co-location and we remain confident that the Senate will join the House in supporting the safety of the flying public by blocking the FAA’s plan.”

For more information, please follow the link below to a NATCA report about the air traffic control facility consolidation issue:

http://www.natca.org/assets/Documents/mediacenter/UnnecessaryRisk.pdf


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