Members of Congress

“The national security of our skies could suffer terribly under a private corporation that has little to no congressional oversight.”

Congressman Steve Russell

Congressman, Oklahoma’s 5th District

“It’s not privatization, it’s a monopoly, and it will remain a monopoly as opposed to being a monopoly being run by the public sector. It will be a monopoly run by private interests with zero oversight.”

Representative Mario Diaz-Bart

Representative, Florida's 25th District

“The safety of the flying public should not be for sale,” Nelson said Monday. “Handing air traffic control over to a private entity partly governed by the airlines is both a risk and liability we can’t afford to take.”

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator, Florida

“Our airspace is a public resource and a great national treasure. Control over it should not be handed over to a private board with no oversight from Congress and, therefore, no obligation to represent the best interests of the citizens of the United States.”

Congressman Ralph Abraham

Congressman, M.D. Louisiana’s 5th District

“The bill gives the FAA’s air traffic control assets, worth tens of billions of dollars and paid for by taxpayers, to the private ATC Corp. for free. Over the last 20 years alone, taxpayers have invested more than $53 billion into air traffic control facilities and equipment. Many of those assets are handed over to ATC Corp. if the AIRR Act is passed. Taxpayers also have no protections if ATC Corp. runs into financial trouble and can’t afford to manage air traffic control operations—meaning taxpayers would be on the hook to bail it out.”

Representative Peter DeFazio

Congressman, Oregon's 4th District

Eagle-eyed observations: Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), who voted against the bill last year, followed a line of questioning indicating he’s still not enthused with the plan. “We didn’t give the Indiana toll road to the truckers and say, ‘Oh, I’m sure you’ll take care of the cars, too,’” he quipped.

Representative Todd Rokita

Representative, Indiana's 4th District