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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

House Introduces Latest Effort for ATC Privatization

June 27, 2017
In The News

“While both the House and Senate have been preparing long-term FAA reauthorization bills, one key difference between them is reportedly ATC privatization. As Sen. John Thune (R-SD) admitted on Tuesday, the president’s controversial plan to turn the nation’s ATC system over to a nonprofit entity doesn’t have enough support within the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Therefore, it will be absent from the Senate’s bill.”

“As for someone with a strong tie to general aviation, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA), a pilot who occasionally flies his Cirrus SR20 from Louisiana to Washington DC, wrote a letter in April asking the president to reconsider his stance on ATC. “Overhauling a model that has worked for generations threatens this accessibility,” Abraham explained, “and would have a negative impact on passengers, general aviation families, and businesses and airports across the country.”