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Kaine Statement On Passage Of Longterm Aviation Reauthorization That Protects Virginia Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised Senate passage of the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) five-year reauthorization that is critical to Virginia’s economy and will support hundreds of jobs across the Commonwealth. Kaine has long pushed for a five-year reauthorization to enable Virginia’s airports and the airlines that serve them to make long-term business decisions that expand service and support jobs. This reauthorization also successfully excludes changes to the Reagan National Airport Slot (High Density) and Perimeter Rules, which govern passenger service at Reagan National and bolster the competitiveness of Dulles International Airport. Kaine pressed his colleagues in both houses to not allow destabilizing changes.

“I am very proud of the work we did to pass this critical bill that will invest in our nation’s airport infrastructure and offer our local economies some stability,” Kaine said. “This reauthorization will help ease effects like long lines at Reagan National Airport and excessive airport noise, while strengthening the competitiveness of Dulles just in time for the Silver Line to provide easier access to it. Millions of Virginians use the Commonwealth’s airports every year and it was long past time to pass a five-year bill that makes smart investments to ensure travelers have a positive, safe experience.”

The FAA reauthorization bill funds the federal government’s portion of the nation’s airport infrastructure investment and outlines consumer protections for travelers. Among other provisions, it authorizes new grants to train the aviation workforce and empowers FAA with new authority to set minimum standards for airline seats and legroom, as well as banning the involuntary bumping of passengers who have already boarded. The bill will now go to the House before it is signed by the President.