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National Air Traffic Controllers Association calls on Senate to avoid government shutdown

On Sept. 20, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) called on the U.S. Senate to pass appropriations bills to avoid another government shutdown.

In a letter to Senate leaders, the group said the Senate should reach a bipartisan consensus on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations, as well as other annual spending legislation, without further delay to avoid a self-inflicted and damaging shutdown of the federal government. While applauding U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (R-WA), appropriations committee chair, and Susan Collins (R-ME), appropriations committee vice-chair, for reaching a consensus, the organization called for the passage of a short-term continuing resolution and stopgap authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration before the current legislation runs out on Sept. 30 of this year.

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