Washington Inaction Halts Airport Construction Around The Country
The Federal Aviation Administration is stuck on the tarmac as lawmakers fail to pass legislation to keep the organization funded.
The FAA’s operating authority expired at midnight Friday. Dozens of stop-work orders were issued over the weekend for projects to build and modernize airport control towers, as well as other improvement projects. Many of the airport projects are designed to reduce congestion.
And, there’s no hope on the horizon.
Representative John Mica, Republican of Florida and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said there are no negotiations between the House and Senate to resolve the dispute, and House Republican leaders are determined to hold their position.
“I have no idea when we’ll open the FAA again,’’ he said.
Safety of current flights isn’t in question, but future expansion has been put on hold.