House appropriators oppose privatized ATC funded with user fees

Just a few days following a similar action taken by four U.S. senators, four members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to express their opposition to plans under consideration for creating a privatized air traffic control system funded with user fees.

The letter, sent Feb. 1, was addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-1-WI), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-12-CA), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-23-CA) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-5-MD).

The letter was signed by House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-5-KY) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-17-NY), as well as Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chair Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-FL), and Subcommittee Ranking Member David Price (D-4-NC).

The message from the appropriations leaders comes as Congress is debating reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.