Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Calls on House and Senate Leadership to do What it Takes to Get FAA Employees and Contractors Back to Work

Aug 4, 2011
Press Release

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CHICAGO –– Today, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) lent his voice to that of a growing number of his congressional colleagues who are urging House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Chairmen of the respective House and Senate Transportation committees to come together to end the stalemate that has resulted in the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 “It is the height of irresponsibility for the United States Congress to be in recess while thousands of families’ lives are being disrupted by the loss of income associated with the failure of the Congress to extend the FAA authorization,” said Rush, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

“Each day that goes by marks an interruption to the jobs and income of more than 4,000 FAA employees and untold numbers of small businesses and suppliers who rely on this employee base for their livelihood.  This stalemate has led to the furlough of approximately 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, who keep our airline system one of the best in the world and they deserve so much better than this.  I urge House and Senate leaders to use all of the legislative tools at their disposal including calling Members back to vote to resolve this matter if necessary.” 

The impact of inaction is particularly harmful to our already fragile economy.  The U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued 258 stop work orders on airport construction projects totaling over $10.5 billion.  In addition to the 4,000 FAA employees, Congress’ refusal to act has also sidelined more than 90,000 airport construction jobs.  In the state of Illinois, the estimated economic impact if this stalemate continues could be as much as $90.3 million in lost airport construction funding, 3,141 lost airport construction jobs and 145 FAA employee jobs lost. 

Rush added, “Thousands of Americans are looking at the actions of this Congress and they expect their leaders to lead.  Now is the time to show them that we can.”

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