Nearly 650 NJ workers will be back on the job. 

NEWARK, N.J. – Today, following Senate passage of a short-term funding extension to reopen the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) applauded the compromise deal brokered by Senate Democrats.  The deal will put nearly 650 workers back on the job at the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City and resume safety and construction projects.

“The livelihood of New Jersey workers and their families is my top concern,” Lautenberg said.  “By reaching a compromise and reopening the FAA, the Senate has helped to put hundreds of FAA Tech Center workers and thousands of contractors and construction workers back on the job so they can earn a paycheck and support their families. It is unacceptable that workers were used as pawns in this shameless Republican stunt.” 

“I am glad we put this sad chapter behind us and have put tens of thousands of workers back on the job, including nearly 650 at the FAA Tech Center,” said Senator Menendez.  “I just hope Republicans have learned their lesson and do not plan to do this stunt again when FAA expires again in six weeks or when the Surface Transportation bill expires in two months.  Holding the Surface Transportation bill hostage would jeopardize over a million jobs, not tens of thousands.”

A partial shutdown of the FAA occurred on July 23 after House Republicans refused to consider an extension of FAA funding unless it included controversial and divisive policy provisions.  Senators Lautenberg and Menendez pushed to end the shutdown, and yesterday joined several of their colleagues in a letter to Congressional leadership urging a deal be made immediately to reopen the FAA, end the furlough, and restart aviation projects.   

The legislation approved in the Senate this morning is expected to be signed by the President later today.