LoBiondo Applauds Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill

House Speaker John Boehner: ?I appreciate Rep. LoBiondo?s hard-work and leadership on this critical bill?

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? Working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for months, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today applauded the passage of H.R. 658, the ?Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization & Reform Act of 2012.? The legislation includes a number of provisions benefiting South Jersey and would reauthorize the FAA for four years, preventing another partial shutdown that affected thousands of employees including those at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township last summer.

?This is outstanding news for the FAA Tech Center, its employees and the entire region. This bill reaffirms the exceptional work being conducted at the Tech Center to modernize the nation?s antiquated air traffic control system and will ensure reliable funding for the next four years so that substantial work on NextGen can be completed,? said LoBiondo, the only New Jersey Representative on the House Aviation Subcommittee.

?I applaud Rep. LoBiondo?s relentless efforts to bring all sides together to pass a multi-year FAA authorization. Modernizing our aviation network through the NextGen project, increasing safety for the flying public, and ensuring thousands of FAA employees along with hundreds of thousands of contractors remain working is a key priority of House Republicans. I appreciate Rep. LoBiondo?s hard-work and leadership on this critical bill,? said House Speaker John Boehner.

In addition to protecting the jobs of the estimated 1,500 FAA employees and related service providers in South Jersey, LoBiondo was pleased that the multi-year FAA Reauthorization bill included a number of provisions he had sought, such as:

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL MODERNIZATION AND NEXTGEN

$10.9 billion for FAA Facilities & Equipment to accelerate the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which is currently being developed at the FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. This funding would also enable FAA to make needed repairs and replacement of existing facilities and equipment and also provide for the implementation of high-priority safety-related systems.

Strengthens accountability and oversight of the NextGen program by:

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