Hoyer Statement on FAA Extension

For Immediate Release:

August 4, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a plan to move the process forward on an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension, subject to Senate approval:

“I am pleased that more than 74,000 workers will be back on the job and important airport construction projects will move forward. However, many important policy differences remain on a final FAA reauthorization. We owe it to these American workers to not only forge a long-term solution, but to avoid inserting further policy riders in any short-term extensions that may be necessary until final agreement is reached.

“Additionally, Democrats will not allow a handful of Republicans to hijack the debate over a long-term FAA extension to serve an anti-worker agenda. We must work quickly to craft a long-term bipartisan reauthorization and I encourage Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to join Democrats in a conference committee to sit down and forge a lasting compromise.”

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