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GOP’S FAA-NIMBY SYNDROME

Republicans Show Once Again They Don’t Want Private Air Traffic Control Towers in Their Districts

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement in response to a press report in Aviation Daily that House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Mica is going to remove air traffic control towers in Republican districts from the privatization list in order to buy off votes for the FAA Reauthorization Conference Report: 

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HOYER, DEMOCRATS URGE REPUBLICANS “DON’T WEAKEN AIR SAFETY”

For Immediate Release:

September 24, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), Ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Democrat on the Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, John Carr, President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and Jeremy Yahn, an experienced Air Traffic Controller, held a press conference this afternoon in opposition to Republican attempts to privatize air traffic control and weaken air safety. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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Union Fight Puts Airport Bill At Risk In US Congress

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2003

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones International News

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Opposition to privatizing air traffic control towers paired with a Congressional turf battle has left a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration in trouble in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The measure also would extend and expand airline access to war risk insurance, but require the U.S. Comptroller General to compile a detailed report on the financial status of the nation's airline industry. To compile the report the Comptroller General would have access to "any books, accounts, documents, papers and records of such air carriers."

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HOYER, OBERSTAR, AIRLINES MEET TO DISCUSS CONGRESSIONAL RESPONSE TO INDUSTRY’S WOES

For Immediate Release:

March 27, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC– House Democratic WhipSteny H.

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Spratt Says President's Budget Most Fiscally Damaging in U.S. History

For Immediate Release:

February 3, 2003

Contact:U.S. Rep. John Spratt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) issued the following statement today on the President's Fiscal Year 2004 Budget.

"The $5.6 trillion unified budget surplus projected less than two years ago is gone. In its place, the Administration offers a budget with a $2.1 trillion deficit for the same ten-year period - an $8 trillion fiscal reversal in just two years.

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Health Care Reform in Congress on CBS

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We should have available an affordable health care to every American citizen to every family. I suppose there are a whole lot of every Americans and American families listening to us today and watching us. And they're hoping that we're all sitting around here talking about them, not about us...

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My colleagues on the other side of the aisle demanded 72 hours notice for the bill and they've gotten four or five months notice. They gave us 72 seconds to consider this amendment...

Hoyer Talks about House Vote on Health Care on MSNBC

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