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Katko (R) and Brindisi (D) Call For Bipartisan End To Government Shutdown

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(PHOTO/Brindisi Office–John Katko (left) and Anthony Brindisi (right) address members of the media yesterday at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.)

Republican Congressman John Katko and Democratic congressman Anthony Brindisi joined together yesterday (January 22) to call on members of both parties to find a bipartisan solution to end the government shutdown.

They were at the Syracuse Airport yesterday morning, where they also announced bipartisan legislation that would function to pay TSA Officers during the shutdown.

The bill will allow the Administrator of the TSA to use security fee revenue to pay the salary of TSA Officers (TSO) during any lapse in appropriations.

Last year, Syracuse saw an 11% increase in total passenger traffic with nearly 100,00 passengers flying out of Syracuse-Hancock Airport each month.

TSA nationally services 851 million passengers annually.

Air traffic controllers are also working without pay. According to the National Air Traffic Control Association (NATCA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has suspended hiring and closed its training academy in Oklahoma City.

The number of fully certified controllers is now at a 30 year low. If the staffing shortage continues, there will be reduced capacity in the National Airspace System, leading to more flight delays.

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