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PRICE STATEMENT ON TRUMP AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PROPOSAL

June 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Congressman David E. Price (NC-04), Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement opposing President Trump’s proposal to privatize air traffic control.

“Our national airspace is the most complex and the safest in the world. To guarantee it remains a public good, Congress must ensure that all aviation stakeholders—not just large commercial airlines—have access to the skies.  President Trump’s proposal to privatize the air traffic control system—a process that the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office reports will take at least 5 to 7 years—would represent an unprecedented giveaway of taxpayer-funded assets to an untested private entity. It would threaten the FAA’s ongoing efforts to modernize and improve air traffic operations, a process which has already saved airlines and consumers billions in recent years. Congress should continue to build on bipartisan efforts to improve efficiency and innovation in aviation, not weaken oversight and accountability by handing management of our air traffic system over to private interests.”

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