Rockefeller Statement on House FAA & Surface Transportation Extensions

September 14, 2011

Rockefeller PortraitWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement today after the House passed a "clean" extension of surface transportation programs for six months and also made certain funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would continue into next year:

“I am glad the House approved clean extensions of surface transportation programs and the FAA with no controversial policy riders.  I remain committed to passage of a comprehensive FAA reauthorization deal, but I am disappointed that nearly six months after passing its version the House has still failed to designate conferees so we can work out differences between the House and Senate FAA bills.  Our transportation system is too critical to the economy for partisan gridlock to hold up long-awaited policy improvements.”