Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 18:01
President Donald Trump introduced his new plan to bring changes to air traffic control Monday. Trump will give more details on his vision for improving the national infrastructure.
They have said the FAA has been unable to achieve its goals partly due to financial uncertainty.
"We're proposing to take American air travel into the future, finally", Mr Trump said. Finally", he said. "We're still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, frightful system that doesn't work.
It says under a privatized air traffic control system, industry and other stakeholders would be able to direct investments and resources and set taxes and fees to benefit stakeholders' bottom line, instead of the public good.
President Trump today announced plans to take the system out of the government's hands and make it private.
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said governors and mayors will meet with Trump at the White House on Thursday for a listening session focused on the efficient use of tax dollars for infrastructure projects, Time magazine reported.
Trump has not detailed the source of the $200 billion or the breakdown in spending.
There are about 50,000 airline and other aircraft flights a day in the United States. The United Kingdom is one of the privatized systems which proponents say we should emulate, but the incident a week ago with British Airlines, which resulted in four days of cancelled flights and the stranding of more than 300,000 passengers, shows that privatization would do little to alleviate delays and the real issues of mismanagement and awful customer service that plague passengers on a daily basis and have become more prevalent in recent months. But President Trump himself says the pros are clear.
The president's team invited several Republican members of Congress, including Sen.
However, others in the industry have not been as keen.
Trump laid out the intended plan for the privatization of air traffic control.
"Dozens of countries have already made similar changes with terrific results", Trump said Monday.
"Innovative thinking - not bureaucracy - is what defines the American spirit". Now is the time to unleash the American aviation spirit once again.
But winning congressional approval could prove hard. Sen.
Until this week, key US senators - including Republicans Jerry Moran of Kansas and and John Thune of South Dakota and Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida and Peter DeFazio of OR - opposed proposals to privatize parts of the FAA. "All but our largest airports nationwide stand to be hurt by this proposal", said Sen.
Airlines in the USA have campaigned to separate the FAA. and ATC for two decades, but the proposal still has to pass muster with Democrats.
Privatization has long had strong support among the nation's airlines, and Republicans have advocated for it for years. They argue these problems are proof that private business should not be trusted to do what's right for passengers. He would also transfer responsibility for a $36 billion air traffic modernization program at the FAA to a new private entity.
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO's, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.
"Men and women at the South Jersey FAA Tech Center do outstanding work to keep our aviation system the safest in the world". Freed from government red tape, the new aviation system will provide passengers with "cheaper, faster and safer travel", the president pledged at a White House ceremony.