Washington, DC— Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) that a deal had been reached, subject to Senate approval, to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
“It was with disappointment that the nation saw Republican leaders in the House call the recess break this week without addressing the partial shutdown of the FAA. This shutdown has caused the Airport and Airway Trust Fund to lose more than $350 million in revenue and put more than 70,000 thousand people temporarily out of work.
“Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed to resolve the shutdown.
“I am grateful for the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Jay Rockefeller, who have put paychecks over politics in order to move this process forward.
“We must also honor those safety inspectors who have worked without pay to keep the traveling public safe and who even fronted their own out of pocket expenses to do so.
“The dedication of these workers is one of the reasons why we have one of the best aviation systems in the world. When Congress returns to session we must reach an agreement on a long-term FAA bill to end this type of political brinksmanship.”