Rockefeller Urges House to Approve "Clean" FAA Extension to Help Avoid Another Shutdown & More Gridlock

September 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to approve a clean extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the agency’s funding runs out on September 16th.

“The clock is ticking down to September 16th and we have not made enough progress to achieve bipartisan agreement for passage of an FAA reauthorization package,” said Rockefeller.  “I hope the House will pass a clean extension of funds for the FAA so Congress can focus on negotiating a compromise FAA deal, not wasting time and effort fighting over the extension.  Our aviation workforce and infrastructure is far too important to the economy and partisan games should not be part of the FAA extension, as they were in July.  Action on a final FAA bill is long overdue and the American people deserve a modern and safe aviation system.”