Congressman Frank LoBiondo lambasted the Senate for failing to pass an extension of the FAA authorization to end the current partial shutdown that took effect at midnight on Friday, July 22nd. Specifically, LoBiondo singled out Republican Senators for blocking earlier efforts to pass an extension and Democratic Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) for failing to compromise with the House on reforms to wasteful taxpayer subsidies due to recipients in his home state. Due to their inaction, FAA programs and furloughed workers will remain in limbo until mid-September.
At midnight on July 22nd, 4,000 FAA employees nationwide, including nearly 650 at the FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, were furloughed. Additionally, aviation construction projects and work on the NEXTGEN project were halted by the failure of Congress to pass a short-term FAA extension. This would have been the 21st extension for the FAA, which has been operating without a full four-year authorization bill since 2007.