$100 Million For GA? Speak Now, Or...

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With time running out for this session of the U.S. Senate -- scheduled to adjourn on Nov. 21 -- pressure is building to get some action on the FAA reauthorization bill, which has stalled over the last week or so. NBAA, an advocate for passing the bill, on Tuesday urged its members to contact their senators and request their support for swift passage of the act. While some GA lobbyists say they can live with the current version of the bill -- which includes $100 million in cash relief for small GA businesses hurt by 9/11 and airspace restrictions -- the National Air Traffic Controllers Association continues to staunchly oppose it, holding out for more explicit protection from privatization. Whatever your take on it, your senators won't know unless you tell them. The Internet makes it easy to contact your senator via e-mail. And it's also easy to find out how your representative voted in the House. The bill has been controversial mainly because an early version contained language that would prohibit any privatization of air traffic control, and that language disappeared in the version now in play in the Senate (although an interim measure naming 69 towers that could be privatized was ditched).