Congress is under pressure from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration bill before its expiration.
The FAA reauthorization bill will provide essential funding for safety upkeep and the promotion of civil aviation. The current FAA reauthorization bill has already been extended 21 times in the past three years preventing the FAA from long-term improvements and upgrades.
"Funding the FAA means funding safe air travel for millions of passengers each day," said Veda Shook, AFA International President. "Holding up this essential legislation in order to rob aviation workers of democracy and fair elections is shameful. Under the worker representation election rules that Republican lawmakers are attempting to make law, none of the lawmakers themselves would have garnered enough votes to take office."
Shook added that failing to fund the country's transportation system is irresponsible and that providing workers' rights is also a matter of importance.
Congress is also under pressure from the National League of Cities, consisting of leaders and residents of communities across the country, to settle the debt negotiations currently taking place with President Obama.