Menendez, Lautenberg: FAA Deal will Get Workers Back on the Job

Menendez, Lautenberg: FAA Deal will Get Workers Back on the Job

Senators Urged Congressional Leadership to Act Immediately to Strike a Deal

Newark - U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statements after news that Senate Democrats have brokered a deal to break the impasse caused by House Republicans that shuttered parts of the FAA since July 23.

"Shutting down the FAA was a shameless Republican stunt that put people out of work and slowed the development of critical aviation technology," stated Lautenberg. "Even a fellow Republican called Congressman Mica's actions that led to shutting down parts of the FAA 'wrong' and 'not honorable.' I am encouraged that will now be able to put FAA workers in New Jersey back on the job to improve air travel and strengthen America's aviation industry."

"I commend Senate Democratic leaders for getting Republicans to the bargaining table and hammering this agreement out," said Senator Menendez. "I hope this ridiculous episode will serve as a lesson to House Republicans. The American public will not tolerate tactics that threaten tens of thousands of jobs and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. It is time for the GOP to join us at the table to try to create more jobs."

Senators Lautenberg and Menendez joined several of their colleagues in a letter to Congressional leadership today urging a deal be made immediately to reopen the FAA, end the furlough, and restart aviation projects.