In September 2017, the president signed a six-month extension of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s authorization, allowing the agency to operate until March 31, 2018.

And while air traffic control operations remain within the federal government for now, the White House budget released on February 12 again calls for privatizing the system by transferring the air traffic control functions of the FAA to an independently funded, non-governmental entity beginning in 2022. The president and members of his administration have made it clear they support this mis-guided proposal and continue to support H.R.2997, the bill to reauthorize the FAA introduced in the House of Representatives. That bill has not been put to a vote because it faces strong, bi-partisan opposition.

Please contact your lawmakers and tell them you are opposed to any attempt to privatize the air traffic control system.

Find your members district offices and contact info here.

You can contact your member of Congress using these phone scripts and fact sheet: Call script (FAA employees). Call script (supporters). Oppose privatization fact sheet

The U.S. has the safest, largest and most complex aviation system in the world. It belongs to the American public and should continue to be operated for their benefit and safety. Any attempt to privatize the ATC, and the coinciding impact on airports, jobs, and economic activity, has consequences that will resonate throughout our country.  The Senate version of the legislation does not call for this misguided approach to air traffic control and the Senate Appropriations Committee soundly rejected the proposal. PASS will continue to fight the House legislation every step of the way.

Here is the full text of the House bill H.R. 2997 and a section-by-section summary. The corresponding Senate versions are here: S. 1405 full bill and the section-by-section summary. PASS members can access additional resources here. Not a PASS member yet? Join today!

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PASS Troubled by House Committee Vote on Privatization – June 28, 2017

PASS Supports Senate Version of FAA Reauthorization – June 28, 2017

PASS Opposes Privatization of Air Traffic Control System; Rejects House FAA Reauthorization - June 22, 2017

PASS Statement on White House Proposal to Privatize the ATC System - June 5, 2017

FAA Labor and Management Tell Congress Not to Privatize the Air Traffic Control System - May 16, 2017

PASS Statement on Inclusion of ATC Privatization in Trump's Budget - March 16, 2017

PASS Statement on Senate Appropriation Committee's Letter Opposing ATC Privatization - March 1, 2017

More Than 60 Percent of Voters Oppose Air Traffic Control Privatization - February 10, 2017

PASS Statement on Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill - July 13, 2016

PASS Statement on Extension of FAA Authorization - July 7, 2016

Update on FAA Reauthorization - May 20, 2016

Press release: PASS Statement on Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization - April 20, 2016

PASS Texas Member Talks Privatization With Congressman - March 31, 2016

Senate Commerce Committee Passes FAA Reauthorization; Extension Approved Into July - March 25, 2016

Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill Does Not Privatize ATC - March 16, 2016

Senate Introduces FAA Reauthorization Bill Free of ATC Privatization - March 11, 2016

Press release: PASS Statement on Senate Version of FAA Reauthorization Legislation - March 10, 2016

House FAA Reauthorization Bill Sidelined; Senate Bill to Be Introduced Shortly - February 26, 2016

Press release: FAA Unions Tell Congress Not to Privatize the Air Traffic Control System – February 10, 2016

Press release: FAA Unions Reject Proposal to Privatize Air Traffic Control System – February 3, 2016

Message to members: Message to Members on Release of the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act– February 3, 2016

Second Session of 114th Congress Convenes; FAA Reauthorization a Priority– January 22, 2016

PASS in the News

Labor Notes: Air Traffic Privatization Hits Turbulence – August 28, 2017

Hagerstown [Md.] Herald Mail: Don't Privatize Our Skies – August 13, 2017

New Jersey Star-Ledger: Don't Gamble with Aviation Safety – July 2, 2017

Washington Post: Senate ignores Trump, moves bill that keeps FAA intact – June 29, 2017

Normangee Star (San Antonio, Texas): Trump moves to privatise U.S. air traffic control — June 20, 2017

Federal News Radio: Privatization ‘clearing the runway’ for air traffic control, but unions worry turbulence ahead for FAA employees – June 5, 2017

Bloomberg: Trump to Seek Spinoff of U.S. Air Traffic Control From FAA - March 16, 2017

Aviation International News: Seven FAA Unions Urge House to Drop ATC Reform Push - May 23, 2016

Sentinel Source: Don't let Congress privatize air traffic control - March 22, 2016

ABC Local News 8 (Idaho): Union with local ties opposes new federal aviation bill - February 22, 2016

FederalSoup: NATCA backs air traffic control privatization plan – February 10, 2016

The Stand: Congress: Fix FAA funding, don’t privatize our airways by Monika Warner – February 5, 2016

ExecutiveGov: Rep. Bill Shuster’s Air Traffic Control Privatization Bill Draws FAA Modernization Concerns – February 5, 2016

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Air traffic control spinoff gains speed, prompts worry – February 5, 2016

GovExec: Republicans Introduce Plan to ‘Remove 30K People From the Federal Government’s Payroll – February 4, 2016

FedSmith: Legislation Would Privatize 30,000 Federal Jobs – February 3, 2016

Bloomberg: Bill to Privatize U.S. Air-Traffic Would Ban In-Flight Calls – February 3, 2016

AINOnline: Controllers Support, Airline Pilots Oppose Proposed FAA Bill – February 3, 2016

Other News

White House FAA Funding, ATC Plans Draw More Fire, Aviation International News, February 13, 2018

Trump's air traffic overhaul struggles to take off, The Hill, July 30, 2017

Airports Oppose AIRR Act Over Lack of Commitment to Airport Infrastructure, Airport Council International, July 17, 2017

Washington Post: House Committee approves spinoff of 30,000 workers from federal payroll – June 27, 2017

The Hill: Business leaders slam Trump’s air traffic control plan — June 19, 2017

Associated Press: The Pros and Cons of Trump’s Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control – June 6, 2017

The Hill: Privatizing air traffic control would pose new risks to national security - May 16, 2017

The Hill: The case against privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system - May 10, 2017

Washington Post: Reform the air-traffic-control system, but don’t privatize it - April 18, 2017

Huffington Post: What United Airlines Really Wants Is To Privatize America's Skies - April 14, 2017

Bloomberg: Trump to Seek Spinoff of U.S. Air Traffic Control From FAA - March 16, 2017

The Hill: Privatizing air traffic control is a solution searching for a problem - March 6, 2017

The Buffalo News:Editorial: Safety is too important for privatization of the nation's air traffic control system - February 16, 2017

The Hill: A missed opportunity for the aviation community - February 13, 2017

Federal Aviation Administration Managers Association: FAAMA Press Release - Airline Executives Present "Alternative Facts" in White House Meeting - February 10, 2017

Aviation International News: Creating an ATC Corporation 'Raises Concerns,' Pentagon Says - January 29, 2017

Herald Net: Editorial: Give privatizing air traffic control much more thought - November 30, 2016

The Hill: ATC privatization: a solution in search of a problem? - September 30, 2016

Federal News Radio: Privatizing your job - March 24, 2016

USA Today: Senate not ready to move 38,000 workers off federal payroll - March 9, 2016

CBO: Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan Would Increase Deficit by $20 Billion - March 9, 2016

USA Today: Rep. DeFazio: A terrible deal for travelers - March 2, 2016

Observer-Reporter: Don't privatize air traffic control - February 23, 2016

The Hill: Don’t undermine air traffic control – February 11, 2016

The Hill: The devolution of aviation safety – February 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal: House Democrats Oppose GOP Air-Traffic-Control Proposals – February 3, 2016

The Washington Post: Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control – February 3, 2016

USA Today: Privatizing air traffic control will increase traveler costs – February 1, 2016

The Hill: Dems look to ground private air traffic control plan – January 26, 2016

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