House Acts to Support Essential Air Service Program
|Unanimous Passage of HR 5 Urges Congress to Continue Funding FAA Program - EAS Program is Critical Link for 44 Alaska Communities|
Posted: February 9, 2011
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Resolution 5, which puts the body's support for the federal Essential Air Service Program on the record and calls on the U.S. Congress not to adopt an amendment to a bill before the U.S. Senate seeking to strip the program. House Majority Whip Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, sponsored the bill, which was brought up as a special order of business during today's House floor session and passed with one amendment 38 to zero.
While I can understand the senior senator from Arizona's thinking when it comes to Lower 48 recipients with communities on road systems, it's just not the case here in Alaska.
U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, has crafted amendment four to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act which that would eliminate funding for the EAS program, which provides subsidies for 44 Alaska communities.
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