Senators oppose privatized ATC funded by user fees

Four U.S. senators sent a bipartisan letter to members of the Senate Commerce Committee expressing their opposition to proposed plans that would create a privatized air traffic control system funded with user fees.

The letter was dated Jan. 27 and delivered by Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), and the appropriators’ message was addressed to Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL).

The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to debate legislation for Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization in the coming weeks.

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.