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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Continue Working On A Bipartisan Basis To Avoid FAA Reauthorization Lapse

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the floor on tomorrow’s deadline for FAA reauthorization and the need to continue working in a bipartisan basis to avoid a lapse.  Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks which can also be viewed here:

Later today, the Senate will vote on cloture on FAA reauthorization. We hope to get this done today to keep the FAA funded and operational before tomorrow’s deadline.

The work we’re doing on FAA is going to have practical consequences for millions of Americans who travel by air every single day, so Senators have every reason in the world to continue working together on a bipartisan basis to get this done.

If we let funding for the FAA lapse, it could be disastrous for the safety of our skies and the efficiency of our airports.

Thousands of employees would be furloughed. Air traffic controllers would be forced to work longer and extra hours. Funding for infrastructure projects would be halted.

So, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue working together so that we can fund the FAA and avoid missing tomorrow’s deadline.