Cantwell Statement on FAA Partial Shutdown

217 state workers to be furloughed, airport projects to be delayed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is likely to go into effect at midnight:

“I am disappointed that House leaders chose to put politics above the needs of the traveling public. Because of this partial shutdown, nearly 4,000 aviation workers will be furloughed, including 217 in Washington state. This decision will also delay crucial airport projects that support construction jobs in communities across the country.

“To grow our economy, our nation must invest in the airport infrastructure that supports trade and jobs. While we are working out the differences between the two chambers, we need to move forward on a clean, short-term FAA extension to keep America’s aviation system running at full capacity. On behalf of America's traveling public, I urge the House leadership to do the right thing and return to the table.”