Inaction in the United States Senate could cost a number of jobs. U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo lashed out at the U.S. Senate for failing to pass a short-term extension of the FAA Authorization Act while Congress continues to debate a full four-year reauthorization. Without an extension approved by Congress and signed by the President, some programs and operations at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be halted at close of business Friday, July 22nd, including the immediate furlough of some employees at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. Additionally, some work on the NEXTGEN project would be impacted and delayed.
LoBiondo’s office estimates that about 646 employees would be effected, as well as $44.7 million for projects that would be delayed.
“The FAA Tech Center and its employees are responsible for critical security research affecting our nation’s aviation system and passenger safety. Likewise, their efforts to develop and implement the NEXTGEN project are essential to the nation. To have a significant number of the thousands of employees at the Tech Center be told not to report to duty would grind their work to a halt,” blasted LoBiondo. “Inexcusably, the Senate is jeopardizing aviation safety and security by actively sitting on their hands and refusing to extend the FAA authorization.”