WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) voted in favor of legislation that will restore funding to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and help protect airports and air travelers in Michigan impacted by the federal government shutdown.
“I don’t want to see air travelers in Northern Michigan hurt because the Senate and President refuse to negotiate on a spending plan. We’ve already seen this mess in Washington impact the airport in Traverse City. Families shouldn’t be stranded at the airport just because Washington can’t get its act together. What I supported today was a reasonable plan that would fix this mess right now,” said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon and Iron River native.
Dr. Benishek voted in support of the “Flight Safety Act.” This legislation will restore funding to the FAA and allow furloughed FAA employees to return to work immediately. The legislation passed the House of Representatives and awaits action by the Senate. Senate leaders have suggested they do not plan to hold a vote on the legislation.
“Reliable air travel is critically important to our Northern Michigan’s economy. Frankly, I want to the see the Senate do its job and pass this bill to protect our airports. Shouldn’t this plan at least get a vote over in the Senate? As soon as the Senate takes some action this bill could be on its way to the President’s desk,” added Dr. Benishek.